Posted on March 13, 2013 in Arab American Institute

On Saturday, May 19th, more than 20 Arab American organizations across the country took part in the 8th annual National Arab American Service Day. Organized each year by the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), National Arab American Service Day brings together Arab Americans for a day of giving back to their communities and building bridges with local charities and organizations.

The Arab American Institute partnered with NAAP - DC, AMIN, the ADC - DC Chapter, and ATFL: Project Cedar to organize four volunteer opportunities in Washington, DC. Nearly 40 Arab American volunteers served at the Rachael’s Women’s Shelter, the Mt. Carmel Women’s Shelter, and Rock Creek Park.

Several AAI staff members participated in invasive plant removal at Rock Creek Park, where a National Park Service technician guided the group in helping to clean up a section of the park by removing the invasive garlic mustard plant. The volunteers worked for several hours and were able to remove more than a dozen bags of the harmful plant, improving the chances of several natural species of plants to repopulate the park.

Rachael’s Women’s Shelter and the Mt. Carmel House provide care and services to homeless and formerly homeless women. At the Rachael’s Women’s Shelter, volunteers cleaned, organized donated clothing, and served lunch, and volunteers at Mt. Carmel helped to stain the shelter’s back deck.

For more information on how you can volunteer at any of these locations, click the links below:

Rock Creek Park

Rachael’s Women’s Shelter

Mt. Carmel House