The Arab American Women's Society of Georgia, Inc., is a non-profit, tax-exempt educational and charitable organization. Established in 1985, the society aims at promoting an understanding and appreciation of the Arab culture. For more information about AAWSG, please visit http://www.aawsg.org.
National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a network of independent Arab American community-based organizations. NNAAC was launched by the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services(ACCESS) in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2004. The network currently has 18 organizations in 9 states and Washington, D.C.In 2006, Alif Institute joined the
The goals of the network are to empower and strengthen the member organizations. This is accomplished with four standing programs: Advocacy, The Arab-American Resource Corps (a national AmeriCorps program), the Collaborative for Arab-American Philanthropy, and Organizational Development.
> The National Arab American Service Day
The National Arab American Service Day is an annual community service project spearheaded by the Arab American Resource Corps. Its mission is to foster and encourage volunteerism and service among diverse communities, build bridges and connect people through the common experience of service, and highlight Arab American commitment to service their local communities.
"National Arab American Service Day brings together thousands of volunteers from across the country to give back to their communities through service projects". National Network For Arab American Communities
Alif Institute members and friends participate yearly in the National Arab American Service Day by volunteering in projects that benefit the larger Atlanta community. Some of these projects are organized in cooperation with other non-profit organization. We invite you to Volunteer with us at the next National Arab American Service Day! Below is a summary of past projects:
* National Arab American Service Day 2013: The Alif Institute and Keep Chamblee Beautiful repeated again the previous year project to continue keeping VILLAGE PARK, Chambee, GA nicely joined forces to MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY! Both teams worked together at VILLAGE PARK, they did a a variety of gardening and site beautification projects, including trimming of plants, spreading protective mulch, and planting.
* National Arab American Service Day 2012: The Alif Institute and Keep Chamblee Beautiful joined forces to MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY! Both teams worked together at VILLAGE PARK, they did a a variety of gardening and site beautification projects, including trimming of plants, spreading protective mulch, and planting.
* National Arab American Service Day 2011: Alif Institute participated in 2 service projects in collaboration with HANDS ON ATLANTA, The Arab American Women’s Society of Georgia (AAWSG), The American University of Beirut Alumni Association / GA Chapter, and The National Arab American Medical Association / GA Chapter.
> First project: Kids Helping Seniors - Volunteers planted flowers in pots and donated them to a Northside Shepherds Center. This project gave the children the opportubity to learn to connect with seniors and appreciate their contributions to society.
> Second project: Oakhurst Community Garden - Volunteers worked diligently on various gardening and site beautification tasks. Oakhurst Community Garden promotes environmental enjoyment and stewardship through hands-on, service learning involving gardening, local food production and recycling, and outdoor education programs.
* National Arab American Service Day 2010: Alif Institute volunteers presented various educational and cultural activities at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. The program entitled Arabian Adventure featured storytelling, dancing, music, and crafts.
* National Arab American Service Day 2009: Alif Institute volunteers helped in maintaining, weeding and spreading mulch at the Piedmont Park in Atlanta.
* National Arab American Service Day 2008: Alif Institute volunteers collected and sorted donations, and created inspirational posters for the youth refugee summer camps at the Refugee Family Services in Atlanta. Other Alif Institute volunteers helped with painting a house as part of a Habitat for Humanity project.
* National Arab American Service Day 2007: Alif Institute volunteers helped in maintaining, restoring and enhancing Chastain Memorial Park in Atlanta.
Whether they are building houses, cleaning parks or assisting refugees, these service days highlight the commitment of Arab Americans to their communities at large, and focus on the importance of giving back as an essential part of being an American today.
The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is the first and only museum in the United States devoted to Arab American history and culture. Arab Americans have enriched the economic, political and cultural landscape of American life. By bringing the voices and faces of Arab Americans to mainstream audiences, we continue our commitment to dispel misconceptions about Arab Americans and other minorities. The Museum brings to light the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, paying tribute to the diversity of our nation.
MISSION: The Arab American National Museum documents, preserves and presents the history, culture and contributions of Arab Americans.
Alif Institute collborates actively with the AANM on various projects and initiatives. It is worth noting that two prominent Atlanta figures, and Alif members are featured in the AANM: Dr. Abdallah Najjar, and Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel.
The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) is the only full-service Arab American philanthropic institution operating on a community foundation model in the country. We promote, facilitate and celebrate Arab American giving through education, donor outreach and services, and grantmaking. CAAP harnesses the collective power of Arab American giving and knowledge to strengthen the voice of our community in American civil society. CAAP is currently housed at ACCESS in Dearborn, Mich. in partnership with the National Network for Arab American Communities.
Alif Institute is a proud recipient of grants from CAAP. In November 2013, CAAP advisory board members elected Alif institute as the location for their annual board meeting. The visit was a great honor to Alif board members and Alif community.
The mission of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits is to build thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed. Through a powerful mix of advocacy, solutions for nonprofit effectiveness, and insight building tools, GCN provides nonprofits, board members and donors with the tools they need to strengthen organizations that make a difference on important causes throughout Georgia.
> Arab American Arts Collaborative
The Arab American National Museum (AANM) in partnership with the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC) created a national Arab American Arts Collaborative/Coalition. The overarching goal of this Collaborative is to increase the individual and collective impact of Arab American arts organization through joint programming. The Arab American Arts Collaborative operates as a program of the AANM.
Alif Institute is an active member of the Arab American Arts Collaborative.