National Arab American Service Day


The 9th annual National Arab American Service Day is  Saturday May 11th, 2013! We several projects in 11 cities across the country: Anaheim CA, San Francisco CA, Miami FL, Atlanta GA, Chicago IL,  Boston MA, Detroit MI, Flint MI, Brooklyn NY, Lackawanna NY, Philadelphia PA, Houston TX, and Washington DC.  Check out the project descriptions and registration information below for each city.

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Anaheim, CA
Access California Services will be holding a job fair for employers to help immigrants and refugees find jobs.
To register, contact Rida Hamida at 714-917-0440 or

Miami, FL 

25 volunteers with MEAPA (Middle East American Professionals Association) will be working with Feeding South Florida and the USPS National Stamp out the Hunger campaign by going from house to house to collect perishables.

To register, contact Toby Zakharia  at  at 305 803 2462.

Atlanta, GA
Alif Institute will be beautifying and cleaning Shambli Park by picking up trash, painting benches and other structures in the park.
Partners:  RRC
To register, contact Angela Khoury at 770-936-8770 or

Chicago, IL

Details coming soon.

To register, contact Omar Shaker or at 708-599-2237

Boston, MA
Center for Arabic Culture and Network for Arab American Professionals- Boston are partnering up to bring a project to Boston! Details are to be determined.
To register, contact Tarek Abu-Jbarah at 313-213-5536 or at

Detroit, MI 
ACCESS will do be doing community clean up and restoration in the Old Redford area, specifically the Grand River-Lahser neighborhood.  Activities include, but are not limited to, planting vegetable gardens, building and painting garden beds, painting  fences,  boarding up abandoned homes, general trash sweep and clean up, mural painting, and assisting adjacent small businesses with community projects.
Partners: Project 313, Blight Busters, NAAMA, and ASACA
Register here.

Flint, MI
Arab American Heritage Council volunteers will be assisting in building a home.
Partners:  Habitat for Humanity
To register, contact Sandy Abuaita at 810-235-2722 or at

Brooklyn, NY
The Arab American Association of New York will be collecting school supplies for a Palestinian/Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.  Volunteers will also do a clean up in parts of where Hurricane Sandy hit.
Partners:  NAAP-NY, NAAMA
To register, contact Christophe Jospe at 718-745-3523 or at

Lackawanna, NY
ACCESS of Western NY in Lackawanna will be holding a 3-day event for Service Day:
May 8th: A social sweep visiting homes in the community to find out what social services they need which they may qualify for such as Medicaid, Social Security, Food Stamps, etc.  May 10 will be a Blood drive held at the local Mosque to test people’s  blood pressure and test them for diabetes.  May 11 will be a clean up day at a local building which was recently bought by another non-profit in which will be used for ESL classes.
Partners:  CAO, Americorp, St Anthony’s church, The Community Action Organization, Wellcare, and Home depot.

Philadelphia, PA
Volunteers in Philly will be at a local soup kitchen providing lunches to the homeless.
Partners: NNAAP, Al-Bustan, and Arab-American Community Development Corporation
To register, contact Bareeq Barqawi at 215-204-5757 or at

Houston, TX
Volunteers will be holding a Safety Fair for Iraqi Immigrants and Refugee children to get educated by their local Police and Fire departments on safety and what they need to know in case of an emergency, and to how to overcome their fears in any case of emergency.  There will also be a luncheon feeding all the attendees.
Partners:  Arab Community Center and NAAP
To register, contact Bobby Dale at 832-351-3366 or at

Washington, DC
Will be volunteering at an urban farm located at a local school.  Will be replanting seedlings for new vegetation and clean up of the farm area.
Partner:  Arab American Institute, Arab-American Anti-Descrimination Committee, Network of Arab-American Professionals-DC
To register, contact Hilary Roberston Collado at 202-652-4981 or


Thank you to our 2013 Service Day sponsors:

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