Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on May 19, 2014 in Blog

On Saturday, May 17th, Arab American organizations around the country took part in the 10th 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 under the motto “Serving Communities, Connecting People.” This year there were over 20 service projects nationwide, and while the projects in each city are unique, the event is a true testimony that Arab Americans are giving back and joining together to serve their neighborhoods and local communities.

This year, the Arab American Institute partnered with the Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI), a community garden that serves children, adults, and neighbors of the Fort Totten area of Washington, DC. NFI seeks to ensure that area residents have access to fresh, local produce by working with community members to develop the skills to grow their own food. NFI donates its entire harvest to the local Fort Totten community and organizations, such as Thrive DC. Over 20 volunteers helped on Saturday to weed, dig, compost and mulch the farm, preparing it for planting. It was a great day to be outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather while getting involved and helping the local community.