While based in Flint, MI, the Arab American Heritage (AAHC) recognizes that community outreach is a critical part of our mission. As a result, we participate in many community events and partnerships throughout the year. Continue reading to learn more about our community outreach.
National Arab American Service Days
Every year since 2004, Arab Americans across the country dedicate a whole day in service to a part of their community that needs assistance. By uniting multiple nonprofits based in Michigan, the AAHC has hosted 14 service days, helping various communities in need. Specifically, the AAHC has helped beautify Flint through gardening, donated time interacting with children of an orphanage, partnered with the Flint Food Bank to properly organize and store food, and clean up multiple neighborhoods across Flint. The Arab American Heritage Council is committed to community engagement through volunteering and service. Our 2020 Service Day has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
The AAHC and surrounding communities have many events each year. Below is a brief list of upcoming community events:
- Voting Registration
- The AAHC believes that everyone should have a voice in the shaping of this country supports this goal through voter registration efforts. To make sure you are registered to vote click here to go to the Arab American Institutes webpage!
- In order for Arab Americans to receive the proper representation and resources vital for the growth of the community proper Census data is needed. To participate click here to visit the Arab American Institutes webpage!
- All of Us Research
- Community health is a vital to growing and prospering as a collective. This research campaign is for the future of the nation’s healthcare and medical research and is proudly supported by the AAHC. To visit the National Institute of Health’s webpage click here!
Advocacy Against Anti-Arab Discrimination
The AAHC was established to preserve and celebrate the Arab culture. As a result, there are many campaigns established in order to help alleviate the discrimination that most Arabs face each day – whether it be at school, the workplace, or even casual outings in public. It is essential for Arabs to feel safe and empowered by their culture within their everyday lives. Below are some resources for campaigns leading against Arab American discrimination:
- National Network of Arab American Communities’ (NNAAC) Take On Hate Campaign: http://www.takeonhate.org/
- American-Arab Anti Discriminatory Committee’s (ADC) website: http://www.adc.org/
- Arab American National Museum (AANM)’s network of resources: http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/Arab+American+Resources.id.95.htm
Flint Water Crisis Resources
The Flint Water Crisis has impacted tens of thousands of residents within the Flint area. Out of these residents, many individuals do not speak English so there is a need for communication in their preferred language for Flint Water Crisis updates and resources. The AAHC alongside other community organizations strive to fill this role and distribute important resources as well as give updates to as many individuals as possible. Below are some important links for Flint residents affected by the Flint Water Crisis.
- Comprehensive Resource Directory: https://flintcares.com/
- Taking Action on the Flint Water Crisis: http://www.michigan.gov/flintwater/
- Understanding the Water Crisis: https://www.uwplatt.edu/pr-blog/online-resources-understanding-flint-water-crisis
- UM Flint’s Guide to Online Resources: http://libguides.umflint.edu/watercrisis/community
In office, the AAHC offers Arabic translations of Flint Water informational guides and alerts