Friday, January 20, 2006

In Loving Memory - Helga Hung (1974-2006)

It is with great sorrow that we share with you the news that Helga Hung, a loving and devoted L.A. Works Project Leader has passed away. Helga had been leading regular projects for us each month with one of our agency partners, Reading to Kids, and died on January 14, 2006, in a car accident while returning from leading her monthly reading club.

Many of you know Helga through her participation in L.A. Works Day. She was a leader at the Magnolia School in 2004, and a task captain at the Ann Street School for L.A. Works Day 2005. She is remembered fondly by those who worked with her on those occasions. In leading her first L.A. Works Day she humbly had remarked that "I didn't realize it was going to be this hard!" but impressed her co-volunteers with the precision of her planning -- supplies layed out perfectly, buckets ready to go, and a smile that could light up a room.

Helga had a passion for kids, and led many projects that impacted their lives. In addition to her deep commitment to Reading to Kids (where she led an extraordinary 38 sessions), she also led L.A. Works projects at Shelter First at the Ford Hotel, and most recently planned and coordinated a wonderful and raucous Christmas Party with her friend and co-leader Sherly Lam for the teens at Angel's Flight.

Helga has touched the lives of so many kids in Los Angeles, and in doing so, touched the hearts of the many L.A. Works volunteers who have been inspired by her. Her many friends at Reading to Kids have created a tribute page to her memory. We encourage you to visit.

All of us here at L.A. Works will miss Helga and send our prayers and thoughts to her family. She lives on in our hearts and her smile will never leave us.

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