Kelly Lhungay

Engaging the Voice of Community

I spent the summer working at Chhaya Community Development Corporation (CDC), a non-profit organization based in Queens, NYC dedicated to serving South Asians, the fastest growing ethnic population in the country, through housing preservation, economic development, and community organizing. As a Civic Engagement Intern, my work was focused on empowering the community’s voice in the impending Queens and New York City elections through voter registration and civic education. Along the way, I found myself faced with unexpected  tasks and touching stories which colored my experience and strengthened my will to serve.