Lin Cheung is one of the twenty First Prize winners of "The All-Star Volunteer Search" recognized through a $501 donation to their designated non-profit organization. In addition, the First Prize winners will receive a certificate towards a pair of Levi's or Dockers. The All-Star Volunteer Search, sponsored by Hecht's, The Washington Post, and Levi Strauss & Co., recognizes outstanding volunteers in the Washington metropolitan and awards funds to charitable organizations that they serve. This program honors individuals who exemplify initiative & action, innovation, and a commitment to improving the community they live in through volunteerism. Residents throughout the Greater Washington region who provide volunteer services for non-profit organizations are eligible for nomination. Nonprofit organizations nominated their volunteers by completing an application this past spring.
Ms. Ling Cheung also received Path of Achievement Award May 22. She is one of the four senior citizens honored with the fifth annual Path of Achievement award, given each year to extraordinary senior citizens in Montgomery County.
Cheung, 70, of Gaithersburg who came to Montgomery County from China 35 years ago started the Evergreen Senior Program at Gaithersburg's Chinese Culture and Community Service Center in 1998. The program helps seniors, who would be otherwise isolated by language and culture, adapt to life in the United States. She works 10 hours a day taking Chinese seniors to the doctor, and helping them apply for Social Security and Medicare. Cheung, who used 10 percent of her life savings to rent a townhouse for Evergreen, said she founded the program after a Chinese senior became so lonely and isolated that he committed suicide.