Give Back this Thanksgiving with AAIF Generations

Posted on November 08, 2019 in Arab American Generations

Each fall offers an opportunity for us to express gratitude for what we have and to share with those who have less. The AAIF Generations program is pleased to partner with American Third Pillar Charities, a local DC organization, to support their annual Turkey Drive for families in need. This year, we will join volunteers from Islamic Relief USA, the Metropolitan Police Department 6th District and Council Member Grey's office to bring a Thanksgiving meal to Ward 7 families in need.

We will assist the Turkey Drive by preparing meal kits with turkeys, rice, beans, corn, stuffing, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, gravy.... all the fixings. Our volunteer session will last until 10 am, when distribution of the meals is scheduled to begin. 

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP using this form.
November 23, 2019 at 8am
Deanwood Recreation Center

AAI Celebrates Ramadan 2019 with Annual Iftar

Posted by Guest on July 03, 2019 in Blog

To celebrate the last week of Ramadan, on June 30th, 2019, AAI hosted its annual Generations Iftar. A packed room of community members gathered together to break their fast and connect to one another in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The iftar was filled with an amalgamation of people from different backgrounds, exchanging laughter, sharing meals, and merging cultures. 

This year, the event was held to raise money for an organization based in Lebanon called Basmeh & Zeitoonah. Basmeh & Zeitooneh was created by a...

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What Moves People to Action? A Talk with Dr. Dana Fisher

Posted by Guest on January 22, 2018 in Blog

By Mona Ahmed

“Moral shocks will motivate people to come out when they have little or no personal connection to political issues,” argued Dr. Dana Fisher, as she elaborated on how social movements develop and sustain momentum. She shared this, and other important perspectives as part of the first Arab American Institute Foundation Generations’ event of 2018. The talk was also the first in a three-part Generations series examining civic participation and movements for change that will focus on two questions: What...

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Arab American Service Day 2017

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...

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#ArabAmericansLead 2017

Posted by Guest on April 28, 2017 in Blog

Arab American Leadership Days 2017 started on Thursday with a community conversation on effective advocacy strategy and a timely debriefing on surveillance, immigration, hate crimes, and Palestine.  To open the morning’s discussions, Maya Berry, Executive Director of AAI, began by explaining the importance of using local advocacy as a tool to address the many challenges facing the Arab American community and prompt change throughout the country. AAI’s Advocacy Roadmap is an example of this ‘act local’ approach; it contains scripts, guidelines, and tips that...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in California

Posted by Shadi Matar on September 28, 2016 in Blog
The Middle Eastern Student Center (MESC) at the University of California, Riverside hosted a #YallaVote registration booth for students on campus this week. The MESC was founded in 2014 and has been a hub for Arab American students on the campus to organize and develop their political identities.
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Join AAI for the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on September 01, 2016 in Blog

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on 9/11. Every year since then, AAI has proudly joined groups across the country in commemorating the victims and first responders by participating in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. This year, the national day of service falls on Saturday, September 10th and we would love for you to join us. We’re excited to be working in partnership with Day To Serve, an initiative that brings together residents in DC, MD, VA, and...

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Service: An Arab American Value

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on May 11, 2016 in Blog

Growing up as an Arab American in South Florida, my parents focused on ensuring an awareness of how blessed we were. The values of community service and giving back to my community were instilled at a young age. My mother always taught my sister and I that giving back to those in need comes first because in reality we had all that we needed. My mother also taught us that whatever good we do and whatever vibes we put out into the world, are returned tenfold.  These values of giving back and...

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AAIF Awards 4 Students with the Helen Abbott Scholarship

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on April 21, 2016 in Blog

The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) is happy to announce the 2016 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards have been awarded to four phenomenal Arab American students; Catherine Kilada, Omar Mansour, Tamara Matar and Nour Sulaiman. For the past 17 years, AAIF has been awarding exceptional Arab American students for their leadership and dedication to community service. Helen Abbott is remembered for her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of those around her, including building 22 homes for disadvantaged families in her Fort Pierce, Florida area. She was an unwavering supporter of the Arab American Institute Foundation, and made...

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Young Arab Americans Sit Down with Journalist Hannah Allam

Posted by Fadel Nabilsi on March 21, 2016 in Blog

For the Arab American Generations program, AAI arranged a gathering and discussion with journalist Hannah Allam of McClatchy Newspapers. Over 50 attendees gathered at our office in Washington, DC, where they networked and enjoyed some great Arabic food like falafel, shawarma, hummus, and tabbouleh.  Our Executive Director, Maya Berry kicked off the discussion with engaging questions to Ms. Allam who shared stories on her dream job growing up (which just so happens to be the same one she has now), memories of her role model, the late Anthony Shadid,...

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