Many people don’t automatically associate the word “entrepreneur” with “nonprofit.” But they go together pretty well for Uptown native and Seeds Center founder Charlotte Lin—along with words like artist, impact, and community.
Heartland Health Centers is grateful to Lin and Seeds Center for supporting us to ensure access to quality care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization has shared more than $500 donations made in the past month and pledged a portion of gifts made to the agency for the rest of the year for healthcare, as well.
Seeds Center offers free and paid courses on a range of topics for people at all ages, languages, and stages of life. It’s currently based at the Unity Community Center of Unity Lutheran Church in Uptown/Edgewater.
Founder and Executive Director Lin is a former patient at our HHC-Wilson clinic who says she got excited when she received a flyer in the mail for our health classes. Since lifelong learning is the focus of Seeds Center’s mission, she offered to help out. Lin taught a workshop on several art techniques for our program instructors to share with patients, and we look forward to more partnership in the future.
She says the idea for her nonprofit came from many sources: from growing up in Uptown with, as she puts it, “a lot of grandmothers and grandfathers,” to art school, to an extended visit with family in Shanghai. After graduating from North Park University where she studied both the arts and nonprofit management, Lin worked as an Americorps Vista outreach worker working with young people and immigrant families.
She always knew she wanted to serve more people, and so in 2016 she started Seeds Center, which provides a mix of free and paid classes in the community. “It’s beneficial for people to bond together–to do something good for yourself and the community,” Lin says.
For further learning opportunities, to learn more about Seeds Center, or for teaching, interning, and/or volunteering opportunities, you can also email Charlotte Lin directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.