Meet Elsie Cha

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Why did you join HIP?

I've been reminded in my life that the time we have living and breathing is too short. I decided it was important to me to try and make a difference in a world that gave me life and has supported me thus far. I joined HIP because I saw it as a vessel that to help me learn to be a better helper and leader for my community.

As a HIP Organizer, I’ve learned to be a humble advocate. That I could help people and do good for others without ego or concern for who gets credit for it. I’m committed to this belief because it is at the core of who I am.

How has being a part of HIP impacted your life?

Before I joined HIP, I saw organizers educated elders and other under-served communities that I held dear to my heart. It was inspiring to see my peers being equally invested and committed to helping those without a voice. 

As a HIP Organizer, I've learned to be a humble advocate. That I could help people and do good for others without ego or concern for who gets credit for it. I'm committed to this belief because it is at the core of who I am. 

Why should someone join HIP?

The choice to join HIP is obviously a very personal one. You need to take time for self evaluation and self reflection. Fundamentally, someone should join HIP once they've concluded that their passion is helping those who are more vulnerable than themselves. HIP can be the vessel that will assist them in leveraging more help to improve outcomes for the communities they serve. 

What is your favorite moment from your time in HIP?

I take joy in HIP meetings! It's always so lively, yet productive! I enjoy every bit of HIP! ^__^

Where do you think the Hmong community will be in 5 years? in 20?

I'm not truly sure where the Hmong Community will be in 5 or 20 years, I hoping they will live healthier lives.

You know what? No, I'm SURE they will lead healthier lives!

When I'm not hustling for HIP, you can find me...

Appreciating my family and spending time with my nieces and nephews. More or less, taking care of my loved ones.