Posted by Heba Mohammad on May 02, 2017 in Blog


As a new member of the D.C. community, I am eager to partake in my first Arab American Service Day with the Arab American Institute. Growing up, my parents emphasized the importance of giving back whenever we could. Volunteering became second nature for me---it’s the contribution we make to live in happy, healthy communities. As an adult, I now realize it also had a secondary meaning for my family: it was our way of thanking our hometown for giving two Palestinian immigrants a fresh start. My experience is not unique; all across the United States there are immigrant families who give of themselves to show their adopted communities just how much they appreciate their new beginnings.

WW2.jpgThe 13th annual National Arab American Service Day sponsored by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) is taking place on May 13, and the Arab American Institute is proud to participate once again. Throughout the years, AAI has coordinated opportunities for Arab Americans in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas to give back to their communities in impactful ways. This year, we are thrilled to work with the National Park Service to beautify the World War II Memorial by mulching, weeding, and cleaning up the surrounding area.

With each Service Day, we learn more about the communities we live and work in, and strive to make them a better home for all. Whether we are planting a community garden, cleaning up a women’s shelter, or pulling weeds in a public park, Arab Americans are gratified to engage in work that improves the quality of life of our neighbors, family, and friends. I hope you will join us for AAI’s Arab American Service Day project this year: sign up here.

AAI 2017 Service Day Details:

Where: World War II Memorial, 1750 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024

When: Saturday, May 13th, 9am-12pm

Supplies & snacks provided, please dress appropriately for the weather and the work we are doing.