f you still haven't decided who to support during #GivingTuesday, here are some of our favorite local organizations that do great work in the Asian American community.
To start off, here’s 1. Chinese Mutual Aid Association.
Originally founded by Chinese immigrants, Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) has evolved into a pan-immigrant social services agency serving clients from over 40 countries. The agency’s current multilingual staff continues to address the most immediate survival needs of low-income immigrants, refugees and minorities and serves over 6,000 clients every year. CMAA provides comprehensive services to foster client integration into U.S. society, including after-school & summer youth programming, job skills training & placement services, senior care services, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, housing assistance and other essential services in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood and Elgin, IL.
To donate, click here: https://www.chinesemutualaid.org/donate.
2. AFIRE Chicago:
The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights & Empowerment (AFIRE) is a grassroots community organization founded by Filipino immigrants and carry with them the legacy of People Power. They believe that the people most affected by structural injustice should be at the forefront of their movements. They seek to amplify the voices of those most silenced in their community: undocumented families, new immigrants, domestic workers, low-wage workers,
seniors, and youth.
To donate, click here: https://www.afirechicago.org/
3. HANA Center
HANA Center's mission is to empower Korean, immigrant, and multi-ethnic communities through social services, community organizing, culture, and education to advance human rights. HANA is committed to serving the diverse interests of our community - including immigrants, women, youth, people of color, low-income families, older adults, LGBTQ+ folks, and adoptees. Some of their programs include affordable housing, mental health, community organizing, domestic violence prevention, and volunteer opportunities among others.
To donate, click here: https://secure.everyaction.com/CxLw9toF_Uak-g9MR3Z2Dw2
4. Indo American Center
The Indo-American Center (IAC) was founded in 1990 by a group of Indian immigrants in response to the needs of Chicago’s growing South Asian immigrant population. The founders of IAC were individuals who had worked hard to attain success in America, and they were driven by the desire to help others adjust to a new country far from home. The founders established the guiding mission of the Indo American Center: to promote the well being of South Asian immigrants through services that facilitate their adjustment, integration and friendship with the wider society, nurture their sense of community, and foster appreciation for their heritage and culture. Their programs include adult literacy, art therapy, senior services, civic engagement, immigration & citizenship, and workforce development.
To donate, click here: https://indoamerican.org/donate-2/
5. Japanese American Citizens League
The Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization whose ongoing mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry. The leaders and members of the JACL also work to promote cultural, educational and social values and preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community.
To donate, click here: https://jaclchicago.org/membership-support/
6. Japanese American Service Committee
Founded in 1946, JASC was formed to serve the needs of Japanese immigrants and their American-born children coming to Chicago after leaving the World War II internment camps. Originally called the Chicago Resettlers Committee, the organization assisted with housing, jobs, and the re-forming of a community.
JASC engages people of all ages to experience Japanese American history and culture and to improve their well-being through innovative, high quality programs and services tailored to the multicultural community.
To donate, click here: https://www.jasc-chicago.org/support-jasc/
7. Chinese American Service League
CASL is the largest, most comprehensive social service agency in the Midwest dedicated to serving the needs of Chinese Americans. For 40 years, we have welcomed all who walk through our doors regardless of backgrounds, lifestyles, and needs: providing an educational and cultural foundation for our children; ensuring our seniors live full and independent lives with dignity; enhancing education and training for tomorrow’s workforce; strengthening families while honoring cultural heritage; and securing our community’s housing and financial well-being.
To donate, click here: https://www.caslservice.org/ways-to-give/
8. Asian American Coalition of Chicago
The Asian American Coalition of Chicago (AACC) unites all Asian Americans into a significant force for strengthening the Asian American Community in the United States; enriching Asian cultural values, and recognizing the importance of Asian American contributions to the American democracy and economy. Their mission is accomplished through the following: organizing the Asian American Coalition of Chicago’s Annual Political (non-partisan) Forum and Gala Dinner; conducting AACC forums and conferences; hosting Annual Asian American Festival in Chicago; publishing Pan-Asian American materials; and providing opportunity for Asians of all ethnic groups and political parties to work together for the well-being of Asian Americans and the community-at-large.
For sponsorship packages, click here: https://aacchicago.org/?page_id=359
9. Apna Ghar
Apna Ghar provides holistic services and conducts outreach and advocacy across immigrant communities to end gender violence. Apna Ghar recognizes that immigrant survivors of gender violence in the United States face unique challenges, including limited access to legal, social, protective and support services. Apna Ghar provides comprehensive and holistic services to survivors as they begin their journeys of healing and empowerment. They also conduct community education and address systemic barriers that immigrant survivors face.
To donate, click here: https://apnaghar.networkforgood.com/projects/31230-apna-ghar-donation-page
10. Vietnamese Association of Illinois
Founded in 1976, the Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that focuses on serving diverse communities of all ethnicities and religions, fostering unity, and promoting Vietnamese American identity.
Since its founding, VAI has served thousands of Vietnamese Americans and other ethnic communities through facilitating resettlement and citizenship, building community, seeking employment, addressing healthcare issues, raising political awareness, providing educational opportunities, addressing multigenerational issues for seniors and youth, establishing and expanding businesses, and strengthening cultural heritage. Their impact began in Uptown Chicago and has since 2016 expanded to DuPage County via their satellite office.
To donate, click here: http://hnvi.org/donate/
11. National Association of Asian American Professionals - NAAAP CHICAGO
The Chicago chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), Pan-Asian American organization that promotes the career advancement and leadership development of Asian American professionals. They are the third oldest chapter of NAAAP and have some of the longest running programs in the organization. Some of their programs include Asian American Group Leaders Program, community outreach, professional development, annual toy drive, back to school drive, and pride program among others.
To donate, click here: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/112574644767835624/charity/1759545
12. Circa Pintig
Pintig, which means pulse in Pilipino, was founded in April 1991, with a mission to serve as a voice of the Filipino American community by engaging in active cultural work – using art as a means to celebrate the community’s rich history and culture. CIRCA was a non-profit arts organization that was founded in December 2001 by members of the PINTIG Cultural Group. CIRCA and Pintig merged in 2006 to form CIRCA Pintig, a community theater company and community education and outreach organization.
To donate, click here: http://www.circapintig.com/donate/
13. Filipino Young Leaders Program - FYLPRO
The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of high-performing, next-generation leaders that have a passion for advancing the Philippines and the Filipino people.
FYLPRO was established in 2012 by Former Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America, Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Mrs. Victoria J. Cuisia in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) to annually identify outstanding young professionals in the Filipino communities across the United States and provide the delegates with invaluable community, business, and government insights and access to a distinguished network captains of industry and government.
To donate, click here: https://fylpro.org/support/
14. Project Vision
In 2003, a group of young professionals, students, and community volunteers saw a need for community youth to have a space to call their own. Project: VISION was brought to life by the group’s collective goals to provide youth with positive role models and positive activities that build a foundation for youth to reach their full potentials. Since then, Project: VISION has reached over 750 youth with its free after school programs. Last year, they served over 220 youth, providing over 32,000 hours of service and helping them succeed.
To donate, click here: https://projectvisionchicago.org/donate/
15. Asian Improv Arts Midwest
Asian Improv aRts Midwest builds a vital, self-empowered Asian American Community in the Chicago area by advancing the understanding and profile of Asian American cultures through the traditional and contemporary cultural arts. AIRMW is dedicated to creating productive relationships with artists, community and institutions in order to produce high quality arts programs that accurately reflect the multicultural, multi-ethnic reality of Chicago and the nation.
Their programs include Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival, Miyumi Project, Tsukasa Taiko, Toyoaki Shamisen, and Shubukai.
To donate, click here: https://airmw.org/donate/
16. Cambodian Association of Illnois
The Cambodian Association of Illinois (CAI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, comprehensive social service organization. It was founded in 1976 by a group of Cambodian refugee volunteers responding to the needs of Cambodians resettling in Chicago. CAI provides social services for approximately 5,000 Cambodians in Illinois (3,000 in the Chicago metropolitan area), most of whom are Cambodian refugees or the children of refugees. CAI is the only nonprofit in the Chicago metropolitan area which provides bilingual programming to address the interrelated social and economic needs of the Cambodian American population.
The mission of CAI is to enable refugees and immigrants from Cambodia residing in Illinois, especially those in metropolitan Chicago, to become self-sufficient, productive participants in American society while preserving and enhancing their cultural heritage and community.
To donate, click here: https://cambodianassociation.org/get-involved
17. Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago
For over 25 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community, and empower them to create change in their communities. In 2017, they adopted a new racial equity mission that allows them to extend beyond their community, forge new relationships, and win on issues that affect all marginalized communities.
Advancing Justice | Chicago is an affiliate of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Their national affiliation allows them to raise a more powerful voice to better serve the communities and become more effective in addressing the civil rights issues faced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other vulnerable and underserved communities. Other Advancing Justice affiliates are located in Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
To donate, click here: https://www.advancingjustice-chicago.org/donate/
Be part of the global generosity movement by reaching forth to those who are in need through these Asian American organizations.Let us all be #GivingTuesday!