On May 16th, more than 2,000 volunteers across the country participated in the 11th annual Arab American Service Day – an annual event run by the National Network of Arab American Communities. This year, 22 unique groups worked on projects ranging from gardening to building houses to serving food to the less fortunate. Participating in this national day of service is a great way to demonstrate our community’s contributions and commitment to local charities and organizations. This year, we did just that – AAI partnered with our friends at the Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP-DC) in brining together 30 volunteers to gave back to the community by working at the Neighborhood Farm Initiative.
The NFI is a nonprofit organization which runs a community garden based in Northeast Washington, D.C. NFI strives to serve D.C. metro area children and adults to make sure they have access to fresh and healthy produce. By having volunteers help in the community garden, NFI is able to donate its entire harvest to the local For Totten community and organizations, such as Thrive DC. NFI also works with community members to help develop sustainable gardening skills, allowing the community to plant and harvest their own food.
AAI and NAAP-DC volunteers helped with planting seedlings, harvesting, weeding, and digging holes. It was a great way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather while getting involved in the community.
Past Arab American Service Days