2016 Tree of Knowledge Appeal

Dear friend,

As AACA prepares to commemorate its 50th anniversary in 2017, we hope you will consider making a special donation to this year’s Tree of Knowledge Appeal. You can become an AACA Sustainer by pledging just $5 a month on a recurring basis or give a single generous gift. Whichever way you choose to give, your name will be added to the Tree of Knowledge Wall with a minimum gift or pledge of $100.

AACA started off in a small Chinatown basement in 1967. Over our 50 years, we have served economically disadvantaged Americans and immigrants from 125 countries by providing unparalleled job training, ESOL, and immigration services. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh recently said, “AACA has impacted so many families over the years.” Ron Walker, Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, said, “AACA is one of the best [organizations] in the state at making sure skills are taught so people get a job in the community.” Please review “AACA At A Glance” to see the wide range of programs and services we offer and read about our outstanding 2016 results including:

  • For the fourth consecutive year, AACA is #1 among Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-funded community-based organizations for sending the greatest number of students to college.
  • The job placement rate for training programs is 81%.

The support of individuals like you has allowed AACA to grow in its capacity to help over 4,000 people annually. Banking program graduate Maria Rivas of El Salvador, upon receiving her job offer from Commerce Bank, said tearfully, “AACA is the most wonderful thing that could have happened in my life.” Now a patient care technician at Beth Israel, college preparation program graduate Hongfang Li exclaimed, “I am very thankful that AACA has been giving me a lot of support. When I got my first job, I got $8 per hour, but now I have good pay.” Li has tripled her salary with help from AACA.

Celebrate our 50th anniversary by making a special donation this year.  To double your donation with a matching gift, please contact your company’s Human Resources department. Thank you for your generosity.


Chau-ming Lee
Executive Director


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