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Save the Date: May 16 is National Arab American Service Day

Arab American Family Services is proud to take place in the 11th Annual National Arab American Service Day, which will take place on Saturday, May 16. This year’s event is preparing meals for the homeless. It will take place at the Chicago Ridge Park District’s Freedom Park located on 6252 Birmingham St.  in Chicago Ridge, IL 60415. Registration will kick-off at 9:00 am and meal preparation will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. A $6 donation is requested to be made by all volunteers who...

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AAFS 8th Annual Walk in Faith Not in Fear set for October 3

Although its months away, Arab American Family Services would like to remind everyone that our 8th Annual Walk in Faith Not in Fear walk to end breast cancer and domestic violence, will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 and Lake Katherine, 7402 Lake Katherine Dr. in Palos Heights, IL 60463. The registration cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children. The cost includes the T-shirt, along with refreshments that will be served. Everyone is encouraged to take part in this event that is for a great cause. For more information, please call (708)...

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7th Annual Arab American Advocacy Week Begins Tuesday

The 7th Annual Arab American Advocacy Week will begin on Tuesday, March 24 through Thursday, March 26 in Washington D.C. The event, hosted by the National Network for Arab American Communities, will discuss seeks to gather Arab Americans from across the country to gather and discuss public policy issues in their communities.  Grassroots and community Arab American leaders will have those days to come together and collectively voice their concerns during a series of activities and meetings with elected officials, representatives from federal...

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AAFS Urging Community to Attend Immigration Workshop

Arab American Family Services is calling on community members to please take part in the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 4th annual Integration Summit and Citizen Workshop. The workshop will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2014. It will be held at Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski Road in Chicago. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event is expected to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The workshop will include topics ranging from administrative relief, health care, state budget, grassroots fundraising and civic and youth...

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AAFS to Educate Seniors on Medicare Fraud

In January, the Arab American Family Services Elderly Department will be working on setting up a workshop and sessions discussing Medicare fraud for the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP).  We will educate our clients on how to look out for any suspected fraud and how they can report it. We will also be incorporating the workshop with information on the Medicare and the Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI).  We will educate clients with all the new changes with medicaid managed care options and their choices of health plans. If you or someone you...

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AAFS to be Official Collection Site for Food and Toy Drive

Arab American Family Services, in collaboration with the Bridgeview Chamber of Commerce and Industry is taking part in the village’s 25th Annual Food and Toy Drive that will run through Wednesday, December 10. AAFS, located on 9044 S. Octavia in Bridgeview, will be the official collection site for all drop-offs. In the spirit of giving, we are asking for your help this year, with generous donations of food and toys. We ask that food be non-perishable, canned or dried food. All foods must be in the original container, with the original...

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“Heartbeats: The Izzat Project” Kicks of their Tour

Arab American Family Services is proud to support the book tour of “Heartbeats: The Izzat Project. This is a beautiful graphic novel in which six young South Asian women used illustration, writing and theater to explore and share community stories about resilience in the face of violence. In Canada, the comic book has already opened conversations in communities, challenging the way in which the concept of “honor” has been used against women to rationalize control, abuse and violence. It has also been presented to educational...

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AAFS Taking Part in #GivingTuesday

AAFS Taking Part in #GivingTuesday

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Arab American Family Services will be taking place in #GivingTuesday. This is considered a national giving day movement. This is a movement to encourage spending with a purpose! Our #GivingTuesday campaign will focus on our Elderly Department. Our main fundraising initiative is to better serve the elderly.  #GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is one of the biggest giving days in the world and many nonprofits register their organization and ask people to donate to their...

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AAFS Citizenship Workshop Dates Announced

At Arab American Family Services, our Immigration Department is focused on helping all those looking to apply for their United States Citizenship. One way of doing this is to hold citizenship workshops geared toward the proper guidance and training for the citizen test. AAFS will have two workshops coming up. The dates are as follows: Thursday, November 6, 2014 Time: 4 to 6 p.m Location is: 2555 S. Blue Island, Chicago,IL The other workshop AAFS will be present at will be: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Time : 6-8 pm Location is: 2555 S. Blue...

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AAFS Co-founder to Serve on Panel Discussing Domestic Violence and Islam

  Arab American Family Services co-founder Itedal Shalabi will be part of a panel discussing domestic violence and Islam on Monday, October 27, 2014 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The discussion will take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

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