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AAFS dedicates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to service at local hospital

AAFS dedicates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to service at local hospital

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered for saying “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” To commemorate the social activism of Dr. King, Arab American Family Services (AAFS) is dedicating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 15 to a day of service for Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital. The service project, titled “Share the Warmth,” brings AAFS Youth together to make and distribute blankets to families in need at the hospital. The goal is for participants...

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Sign up for Citizenship Test Preparation Classes January-March

Sign up for Citizenship Test Preparation Classes January-March

Becoming a citizen in your new country is a great step. As a citizen, you can vote in national elections and contribute to your community. Arab American Family Services (AAFS) is offering test preparation classes from January through March to prepare you for the US citizenship test. Classes begin January 8, 2018 and end on March 30, 2018. The schedule for classes is Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:45 – 5pm. Attendance is required. For more information and to register, please call AAFS at 708-599-2237. No children are...

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AAFS offering ESL Classes from January-March

AAFS offering ESL Classes from January-March

ESL courses are now being offered to teach speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills to those who are not fluent in English. Classes are offered from beginning to advanced levels and are available two times a day Monday through Thursday. Classes begin January 8, 2018 and run until March 30, 2018. The schedule is Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:30-11 am for beginners and 2-3:30 pm for advanced. For more information and to register, please call AAFS at 708-599-2237. No children are allowed. Location: Arab American...

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Join us to say #ResignBrannigan on January 8

Join us to say #ResignBrannigan on January 8

In 2018, we stand firm by our #ResignBrannigan demand, and we will continue to protest her and her fellow trustees at every single meeting. Join us on Monday, January 8 from 6pm to 8pm at the Palos Township Office (10802 S Roberts Rd, Palos Hills, IL 60465) to once again demand Sharon Brannigan’s resignation from the Palos Township Board of Trustees. Join the Facebook page for this event: bit.ly/2EiXa1E Palos Township Trustee Sharon Brannigan’s role as a public servant came into question last year when she made the following...

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Trump ends DACA, AAFS fights back.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced his policy decision to officially terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 6 months, putting nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation if a deal isn’t made to protect them. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program enacted in 2012 under the Obama administration to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children. Through this program, DACA recipients, or “Dreamers,” can obtain valid driver’s licenses,...

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Take-On-Hate Rally: a great start to an ongoing effort!

Take-On-Hate Rally: a great start to an ongoing effort!

With over 300 activists and community members rallying outside the Palos Township office and a meeting room at over-capacity, this Monday’s Take on Hate rally had an inspiring turnout. Now, the Palos community is bracing itself for a second rally at the next Palos township meeting to continue putting pressure on Brannigan to resign. Organized by the Take on Hate campaign in partnership with several other organizations including AAFS , this rally aimed to hold Trustee Sharon Brannigan accountable for her anti-Muslim remarks on both her...

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Looking Back | A Fellows’ Reflections

Reflection by: Helwa Saleh   “I went from a naive girl to an independent and strong woman. Going into this fellowship I had no idea what to expect, but I was excited. I had a lot of ups and downs, but it was the most impactful nine months of my life. It was hard to navigate around, trying to find out all of the services AAFS had, but once I was on the floor I became shocked at all that we offered. I learned valuable leadership, outreach, and organizing skills. With those skills, I was able to create a new and expanding young adults...

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AAFS is Accepting Applications for Fellowships. Could You be Our Next Fellow?

Interested in learning more about Arab American Family Services while gaining hands-on experience? You’re in luck! We are now accepting applications for our 2017-20018 Fellowship, sponsored by National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). If you are a college student or recent graduate, interested in a fellowship opportunity with an Arab American non-profit organization, apply today at: https://goo.gl/forms/45n5h8kIaJJ4orhl2 Deadline is August 1, 2017! Check out the link below to learn more information about the...

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Scholarship Opportunity!

School can be expensive, but there is power in knowledge and because of that, we are constantly encouraging others to enrich themselves through education. Arab American Family Services is delighted to share with you a new scholarship opportunity available through the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP). The Dr. Adawia Alousi STEM Scholarship Fund for Muslim Women provides financial assistance to American Muslim women pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States.   is anticipated...

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The Last Potluck Before Ramadan

Did you notice that we open up at 11 am on Friday’s? No, we are not sleeping in, we’re working on strategies to improve our programs for you! It is the last Friday before Ramadan and because many staff members are participating in Ramadan, the staff decided to put together a potluck. For those of you who many not know, Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims, because it is the month that Muslims believe the Quran was revealed. Muslims all over the world fast from dawn until dusk and increase prayer and charity during this time....

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