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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2019/01/21 19:28
She had great vision to actually start the focus of this organization right before Changzhou really opened up to so many more different countries. It must be a valuable asset for all schools to have this curriculum available now. Smart civic leaders to embrace her! And congratulations Professor!

2019/01/21 19:17
What a nice surprise Atlanta! Isn't that our greatly missed Ex-Mayor - now Party Secretary Yao in the picture with the Professor??? CONGRATULATIONS to the well deserved recognition for all her work in the city. Sending my best wishes.

2019/01/21 19:09
I share everyone's feeling here. I had a Medical English class with her and it was amazing. It was a method we all could utilize easily. And her system was always based in kindness. Thank you CZ Public Health Department and CZ Hospitals! Maybe you could ask her to come back for a refresher course for us please.

2019/01/21 19:01
We all love Mama Linda. She treats everyone with love, respect and kindness. I hope to volunteer with her also.

2019/01/21 18:50
I enjoyed this very much! I want to volunteer with her.

2019/01/21 18:47
This was my teacher too. Everyone is treated fairly in her classes and you always have a second chance. I loved her as a teacher very much.

2019/01/21 18:44
Anyone who knows her realizes how humorous she is - she makes learning easy and fun. But she's pretty tough about the rules. HAHA - tough love!

2019/01/21 18:37
GREAT STORY!  We've employed several of her students throughout the years and they are always outstanding in their professional performance.

2019/01/21 18:35
I know this woman can really teach! She calls all her students her Golden family I think. She really inspires them to learn! Great story.

2019/01/21 18:31
Oh my gosh I know Linda! She's one of the most humble people I've ever met - you would never know this about her. Thank you for sharing.

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