San Francisco, CA – The Asante Africa Foundation has been awarded a grant of $5,000 from Northrop Grumman on behalf of Ms. Heather Newlin, who has been honored with an “Excellence in Volunteerism” Award for her outstanding work with Asante Africa. Northrop Grumman’s annual Employee Recognition Program honors employees who have demonstrated dedication, excellence and commitment through their volunteer efforts with non-profit organizations. Heather Newlin, the Director of Programs, Acquisitions and Start-up with Northrop Grumman, was recognized with this distinction for her impressive and multi-faceted support of Asante Africa’s mission.
“Ms. Newlin believes deeply in the mission to provide East African children the opportunity to receive a quality education and she believes Asante Africa Foundation provides a sustainable approach to accomplishing that.”– Erna Grasz, CEO/Founder Asante Africa Foundation
Ms. Newlin has volunteered five years of service as an Asante Africa board advisor and most recently as an elected board director. Her body of work is highlighted with numerous local and global activities that contribute to raising awareness, creating education programs and achieving fundraising goals.
In March 2011, she coordinated a speaking tour in Northern Virginia for a visiting Tanzanian Asante Africa advisor, Dennis Lyamuya. For Langston Hughes Middle School’s International Baccalaureate program she organized a speech on environmental stewardship and community leadership in East Africa for over 1,000 students. Ms. Newlin arranged presentations for nearly 150 preschoolers and kindergarteners on daily life in rural African villages at Reston Children’s Center, demonstrating children’s games and chores. Ms. Newlin also coordinated a talk with the Northrop Grumman African American Employee Resource Group as part of the company’s Black History Month activities. Most recently, she embarked on a series of Rotary Club talks focused on explaining the educational needs of children in East Africa, Asante Africa’s mission and formulating partnerships for small matching grants. Championing the perspective that we are part of a global community, Ms. Newlin forges ties between local schools, communities and Asante Africa Foundation; providing young people and adults access to East African culture and expanding their awareness of global issues.
In Kenya and Tanzania, Ms. Newlin’s efforts are experienced in the form of scholarships and funding for school projects. Her direct donations, solicitation of donors and coordination of fund-raising events have impacted the education and futures of approximately 1,800 East African children.
“When we work as a global team, and strategically invest in schools, in teachers, and in young people, we are supporting locally led programs and laying the foundation for positive long-term change. It’s a powerful formula for building a brighter future for children.” – Erna Grasz, CEO Asante Africa Foundation
Ms. Newlin truly embodies Excellence in Volunteerism, and Asante Africa Foundation is proud and honored to be the recipient of her exemplary spirit.