Two South Sound leaders will be recognized this month for their community service during a celebration in Tacoma honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Vanna Sing, founder of the Tacoma Healing Awareness Community (THAC), will receive the Emerging Leader Community Service Award, an inaugural honor that aims to recognize individuals who are 30 years of age or younger and demonstrate a commitment to becoming a leader for a lifetime.

THAC is a nonprofit organization that assists Southeast Asian American communities facing challenges related to deportation, immigration, and incarceration. Last year, THAC hosted its second annual Deportation Town Hall, which offered workshops and resources to help individuals and families navigate immigration laws and achieve U.S. citizenship.

“We have been excited and awestruck by the actions and activities of Vanna Sing,” said Perry Newell, a South Sound resident who nominated Sing for the award. “She envisions an equitable community with engaged individuals working together to improve the health and well-being of all community members.”

This year’s Community Service Award recipient will be announced next week.

Past Community Service Award recipients include Dr. Dexter Gordon (2018); Dr. Maxine Mimms (2017); Harriet Williams, Ellen Smith, and Jackie Wilson (2015); Korean Women’s Association (2014); Allen Correll (2013); A. Philip Randolph Institute-Tacoma and Pastor Edna Travis (2012); Tacoma Urban League Guilders (2011); Tacoma Colored Women’s Club (2010); Jim Walton and David Ottey (2009); Melannie Cunningham, Bernice Griffin, and Charles Leech (2008); and Calvin Pearson and Dr. Antoine D. Johnson (2007).

Both awards serve to recognize and encourage community service activities spearheaded by an individual, organization, or group, according to City of Tacoma officials, and seek to encourage similar efforts by others.

The awards will be presented during the City of Tacoma’s 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Mon., Jan. 21, at 11 a.m., at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, located at 1500 Commerce St. in downtown Tacoma.

More information is available online here.