Saturday, February 10, 2007

CAMI-CNMI was glad to help out!

Angelo & Beautify CNMI,

On behalf of CAMI-CNMI, Coalition on the Anti-Stigmas of Mental Illness in the CNMI, I would like to say thank for making our first volunteer project a great success. We appreciate you and the folks at Beautify CNMI for providing the trash bags, gloves, and donuts! What a beautiful day it was this morning to wake up and see just how gorgeous our island is. Sadly, when we saw the amount of trash (from cigarette butts, to broken glass, beer bottles, to a refrigerator, fans, microwaves, spare tires, and so many other things that should never be dumped on our beautify beaches or inside the bushes in the villages) we were saddened.

But seeing the bright, smiley faces of true volunteers who give of their time was inspiring. We met people like Juanita and her son Adam who regularly come on Saturdays to help keep our island clean. No one paid them. No one made them. They just wanted to help out. That, to me, is the truest meaning of service - to give and expect nothing in return, except for feeling good that you helped!

I also want to take this opportunity to thank Kaye Christian (CAMI-CNMI Co-Founder) and the staff members of TLC who assisted in transportaing our mental health consumers out to join us. Likewise, I also want to thank Amanda (from SIS), Tee & Dr. Abraham, and so many others who (due to time) we didn't get a chance to meet and chat with. Thank you all 77 volunteers for your help with 2,580 lbs. of trash and for working alongside our mental health consumers to rid our island of the stigmas of mental illness.

CAMI-CNMI looks forward to partnering with Beautify CNMI in the near future. Great fun, great company, and great service!

Steve Nguyen, CAMI-CNMI Founder


CNMI Blogger said...

THANK YOU Steve and CAMI-CNMI! WELCOME to the Beautify CNMI! family.

Thanks for your wonderful work today with the clean up. I enjoyed your post on this activity.

Steve, I want you to know how much I appreciate all the wonderful things you're doing to make our home a much better place to live in.

Rep. Cinta Kaipat

Anonymous said...

Cinta: Thank you so much for the kind and supportive words. It is only through dedication, mutual respect, and collaboration can we accomplish our goals of cleaning our island of both the physical remnants of debris as well as the mental and emotional scars and stigmas of mental illness. -Steve Nguyen (

CNMI Blogger said...

I couldn't agree with you more! Keep up the great job you're doing, Steve! You're an inspiration to many others in our community.