May is here! Which means a new schedule of events – starting with Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week, from May 8-14. It is going to be busy but fun. We are planning art activities, raffles for movie tickets and Safeway gift cards, and free vitamins.
On Mother’s Day weekend, write a message to your mom on our graffiti wall; we’ll take a photo of your drawing or quote that you can tag on Facebook and send as a Mother’s Day greeting. (Or we’ll take a photo of you standing in front of your quote and you can email it to her yourself!)
The theme of this year’s Women’s Health Week is “It’s your time!” As women, we always put our family, friends and romantic partners before ourselves. So when you come by our booth, put yourself first – pick up a bottle of FREE vitamins – it’s on us!
A couple of weeks ago, the Go Folic! Staff and I tabled at the Chinatown New Year’s Street Fair. This was my first event with the program. It was bright and sunny, but still cold from the rainstorm we had the previous day.
It was my job to pass out coupons for free vitamins with the location of our booth that was set up on Washington street between Grant and Stockton. Mei Lin had armed me with a catch phrase in Cantonese, “Mein phi wei ta ming!” which translates to “free vitamins!” I was nervous that I would butcher the pronunciation and offend people, but I was determined to get the word out. I made my way to a line of people waiting at a booth. I opened up my mouth and with all the confidence I could muster up I shouted “Mein phi wei ta ming!” Immediately, heads turned and I held my breath for their reaction. What I got was surprise followed by warm smiles and a few chuckles. People began to gather and hold out their hands for the coupons. One woman said, “You speak Cantonese?” I replied, “I try!”
Later on that day, I saw some of the people from that line at our booth receiving their vitamins. When we made eye contact we would wave or smile. Just these few interactions made me feel like I was apart of the community. By the end of the day I was comfortable with my phrase and even attempted new ones. I thought to myself this is what community building is all about!
Check out the video on YouTube and watch us in action!