Join us for #GivingTuesday 2017

On this #GivingTuesday, we’re asking you to give back to the Arab American community.

The Arab American Civic Council believes that providing leadership opporunities for young Arab Americans will create a stronger Arab American community in Southern California. Through our fellowship program we equip outstanding community leaders with the tools and networks to make a difference in local and national policy. To do this, we partnered with the National Network for Arab American Communities’ Arab American Transformative Leaders Fellowship program, which is a 9 month leadership development training program.

How Can You Support us on #GivingTuesday

  1. DONATE – Join our growing family of supporters for #GivingTuesday by making a tax-deductible donation. You can also donate on our Facebook page.
  2. SHARE –
  3. BE INSPIRED – Read stories posted to AACC’s social media and learn how donating to AACC is helping civically empowering Arab Americans, building leaders, and making our community’s voice heard.

 


IMG_3479“While I was studying design in college, I was developing strong interests in aiding disenfranchised communities and strengthening the notion of what it means to be a community. After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona, I was eager to reach out to my Arab-American community  to find ways that I can help other Arab Americans with my skill sets. That was when I decided to reach out to Sama Wareh,  a local Arab-American artist whose work and humanitarian efforts  I heard about through  the OC register.  I knew Sama  would be the right person for me to reach out to because she genuinely cares about her community and she uses her passion in art to bring people together.  It was through Sama that I heard about the Arab American Civic Council and the work that they do to help other Arab-Americans, including refugee families. After conversing with Sama,  I decided to reach out to the Arab American Civic Council to get involved in helping local refugees and welcoming them. I got the opportunity to volunteer with the ‘Refugees Welcome’ guidebook and shortly after, I attempted to design a community garden for local refugee families in Garden Grove. Although that project was unable to come to fruition in the City of Garden Grove, I found other ways to stay involved.  A year later into my volunteering efforts, I’ve become more politically involved in my community.  I am now a delegate of Assembly District 68 in Orange County and I am also the Treasurer of the Arab American Caucus for the CA Democratic Party.”  – Sara Abed


IMG_3478“As a Palestinian American, I live by the saying: the personal is political. It’s why I applied to join the AACC team, and decided to serve my community in this hostile political climate. I understand the significance of local civic engagement and grassroots organizing. The AACC has not only given me the opportunity to advance Arab American issues through community organizing, advocacy, outreach, and coalition building, but has also given me the opportunity to hone my personal leadership and professional skills in a rapidly changing nonprofit sector. With the significant challenges that our marginalized communities are currently going through, it is important to remember that change is possible… but change starts at home…with our neighbors, youth, and leaders. This is why it is crucial to support organizations like the AACC that invests so much in bringing about new leaders and professionals who work towards empowering our communities.”  – Johanna Mustafa


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“The Arab American Civic Council have become an integral part of our local community, by not only empowering struggling families, refugees and immigrants in North Orange County and beyond, but by doing so with an inspiring sense of unity and compassion that should make us all proud.”

– AHMAD ZAHRA, Film Producer, Fullerton.

 

 


 

 

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