21 Jan 2019

Dear Netizen Family,


In this season when we celebrate gratitude with our families, I’d like to introduce an organization considered a member of Changzhou’s finest. Hands Around the World (HAW) was founded by an American Professor who first came to work and study here close to 2 decades ago. We have happily witnessed her consistent love and high-energy devotion for the city of Changzhou and throughout the Jiangsu province.





It has been my great privilege to have participated in several charity events throughout the years organized by HAW which have helped support our cities nationally recognized Tian Ai Rehabilitation School for Autistic and Disabled Children.


Referred to by those who know her as Professor or Mama Linda,  she regularly reaches out to others to enjoy the experience of volunteering, so I am encouraging you to join her. Let’s work together to make our city a better place for all!





HANDS AROUND THE WORLD (HAW) is a Community Service organization created by Scholar, Educational Curriculum Consultant and Family Education Activist, Linda Williams - Honorary Citizen of Changzhou.

Professor Williams founded this organization dedicated to teaching a more profound curriculum which includes Leadership skills, Cultural Tolerance and Kindness. It’s an advanced version of the fundamental values and virtues that enhances what most of our parents taught us while we were growing up.



This seasoned professional has extensive International Travel and Business experience and a Masters Degree in International Trade and Economics. This has helped in the design of this program which teaches HAW members how to become Good Global Citizens.



Responding to China’s Silk and Belt Road Initiative which focuses on opening up to new cultures, she believes that working, learning and volunteering within the program provides vital life skills toward a more harmonious future with China’s growth in other countries.




The mission of this group is simple and clear cut. HAW builds Leadership skills, as it strives to foster respect and compassion for ALL living things. It seeks to promote understanding of ALL cultures and beliefs. And it inspires each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.



The philosophy that drives this group is based on the belief that EVERY individual matters, EVERY individual has a role to play in the world, and EVERY individual can make a difference.

Members are inspired to live their life with PURPOSE! And they are provided shared goals that are intended to be global in nature.



HAW strives….

* To implement positive change through active learning about, caring and interacting with society and the environment
* To demonstrate care and concern for ALL people and animals.

* To help young people develop self-respect, responsibility, perseverance, compassion, self-discipline, honesty, courage, integrity, fairness, citizenship and confidence in themselves, and hope for the future.

* To establish a non-judgmental perspective when viewing other cultures – NOT BAD, NOT GOOD, JUST DIFFERENT is our motto.

Activities include:

* Monthly membership and leadership training meetings

* Volunteering at Tian Ai School for Disabled Children for the purpose of learning to accept others who are different in society and strengthening one’s self-confidence

* Travelogue presentations of Cultures Around the World

* Big Brother / Big Sister Mentorship with past HAW leaders and intl. business executives.

* Experiencing foreign food, dance, music, spices, daily life and clothing.

* Visiting local hospitals bringing cheer and goodwill.



Its first mission in 2007 was to bring English to rural schools and to those in Changzhou who serviced a majority of migrant children. Included in that endeavor was building a library with sponsoring book stores in assistance.

Professor Williams has brought the HAW community service model to other major cities in Jiangsu, Great Britain and the US. She hopes to take this unique curriculum of learning to schools at all academic levels. This is a true example
of a group trying to actively make the world a better place. And we look forward to their progress.



Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu


The giving of love is an education in itself.

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2019/01/22 12:48
As one of the natives,how can i join in HAW and make contribution to the society?I am willing to join Linda Williams as well.

2019/01/22 10:20
I am proud to be on the HAW Mentorship list! Professor L helped me set up my business. She's incredibly modest about her work. Thank you for highlighting her achievement.

2019/01/22 10:14
I would really like to join HAW in their efforts!  Please post information.

2019/01/22 09:54
Hey Buddy, well this story brought a smile to my face! I stand with you saluting this woman who literally "walks her talk" when it comes to being dedicated to lifelong learning and always asking what she can do for others. You forgot to mention that she's got a doctorate and on her way to picking up another. In a recent email she told me that the Director of Tian Ai won a Bill Gates scholarship to Harvard and asked that I set up a safety net for him. And of course I will.  Please give my best to everyone there and thanks for the great update about our friend.

2019/01/22 09:03
I would love to be a participant with this distinguished group! Can you please post when you have opportunities here?

2019/01/22 08:55
We've had the pleasure of having Dr. Williams as a visiting lecturer and learned so much from her extraordinary perspective of your country. Sending our best wishes to your fine city.

2019/01/21 20:45
Kudos Linda! Give me a call next time you have an event please?! @Fitzhugh I agree with you too.

2019/01/21 19:48
Count me in on her volunteer list! I will never forget how she spent time teaching me how to use the hospital system here and then went with me to help. She seemed to know all the doctors.

2019/01/21 19:42
@Kuwait - I agree! Congratulations to the Dragon city of having attracted and held onto such a gem! Thanks Atlanta!

2019/01/21 19:36
The Professor gave our company Business Development classes which helped us make a marked improvement. She has a very genuine personality and I did not even know this story about her. Best wishes to you!

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