Posted on May 19, 2010 in Arab American Institute
Arab American Service Day is held each year during AmeriCorps Week in communities accross America. This annual day of service is organized by Arab American organizations and Arab American Resource Corps members and benefits from the participation of both Arab Americans and Americans of other ethnicities. Whether they are building houses, cleaning parks or organizing health fairs, 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.
On May 15, 2010, Arab Americans from the DC metro area joined the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) to participate in the 6th annual Arab American Service Day, a national day of service highlighting Arab Americans’ commitment to serving their communities. This year, AAIF worked with OLDCITY green (OCg), an urban garden and nursery that provides plants, garden supplies and educational resources on sound gardening techniques to the greater DC area.
Volunteers from across the DC area met at OCg on Saturday morning to improve the neighborhood by removing overgrown weeds, debris and trash from un-kept and abandoned tree boxes in the Shaw neighborhood. Volunteers cleaned out the boxes and filled them with fresh mulch so that Shaw community members can plant what they like in each. Brick borders were then laid down around the boxes to ensure continuity along the block. The boxes are now clean and ready for neighborhood residents to continue the beautification process by planting any greenery they’d like on the block. One neighborhood resident noticed Arab American Service Day volunteers outside her house and helped work on the box outside her home.
Frank Asher, founder of OCg, commented that “This sort of project is a big part of OLD
CITY green’s mission.” AAIF is glad to have been able to help beautify this local DC neighborhood, and was proud to have served the community alongside Arab Americans from around the DC metro area. The following local business also helped support service day by donating food and supplies: OLD
CITY green, Azi’s bakery, Chatman’s D’Vine Bakery, and Home Depot. A special thanks to all the volunteers who participated in the 2010 Arab American Service Day a success!