Michele Lew Story – Legacy bequest
Laying the Foundation for Tomorrow
Your Gifts Plant Seeds
Supporting AACI has been a defining part of Michele Lew’s professional life. Her relationship with AACI started when in the late 1990s, she volunteered at the Asian Women’s Home. In her words, she “fell in love with the mission” of AACI, supporting the most vulnerable members of the community. After joining the board, she found herself faced with an opportunity to go even further in this relationship. In 2005, she became AACI’s President and CEO, leading the agency for over a decade towards sustained growth.
Michele recently left her post, but not before making another profound contribution: a planned gift, providing help, hope and healing to AACI clients for generations to come and to support an agency she cares deeply about. When asked what makes this gift so important to her, Michele says, “I’m reminded of my own grandparents who immigrated from China and I wish that there was an AACI for them. My grandparents did seamstress and restaurant work. Not speaking any English and learning a whole new culture, they worked hard to achieve what they did for their children and grandchildren.”
“I’ve had the privilege of witnessing countless stories of AACI’s impact in the lives of our community and being in a position to make a planned gift makes me proud to support AACI’s work and ensure it continues,” said Michele.
“I’m reminded of my own grandparents who immigrated from China and I wish that there was an AACI for them.”