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Yahala Media in Partnership with AAFS Host Annual Iftar for Charity

Yahala Media, in partnership with Arab American Family Services, held their annual Iftar for Charity. The dinner, which took place on July 3 at Paradise Elegant Banquets in Bridgeview, had a wonderful turnout from the community. There were 290 families that were given the opportunity to have a dinner “on the house.” AAFS and Yahala Media want to thank all those who attended and donated to make this wonderful night happen. Ramadan is a month in which Muslims across the world fast from dawn until sunset to commemorate the first...

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AAFS Co-founder Named to Board of Directors of the Donors Forum

Arab American Family Services is proud to announce that co-founder Nareman Taha has been named to the Board of Directors for the Donors Forum. Donors Forum is the premier resource for networking and education, information and knowledge, and leadership and advocacy on behalf of philanthropy and nonprofits in Illinois. They serve its constituents by promoting an effective and informed philanthropic and nonprofit sector. Taha was present at the Donor Forum’s 41st Annual luncheon.   Click on the link below for highlights of the...

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AAFS Eid and Back to School Success is a Hit Among the Community

The spirit of the holy month of Ramadan is among us and we want to thank everyone in the community who showed their support to give back to many families in need. This year, Arab American Family Services hosted their annual Eid Drive in collaboration with their Back to School Drive. Thanks to the many generous donors who adopted families for these events, AAFS was able to give back to 211 families who received gifts and generous donations to kick start Eid and back to school on a high note. Giving back is not only something we should...

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AAFS First Annual Arab American Big Brothers Big Sisters Program is a Success

Arab American Family Services hit a milestone this month; they completed the first annual Arab American Big Brothers Big Sisters program AAFS, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Chicago Palestine Film Festival,  are so proud of this great accomplishment. In its first year, we have been fortunate to have wonderful Arab American professional mentors who dedicated their time, unselfishly, to be there and help guide many young, Arab youth. This year, we had eleven mentors and eleven mentees, team up, twice a month, from...

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AAFS Offering Paid Fellowship Opportunities

Arab American Family Services is offering paid fellowship opportunities. Applications are due by July 7, 2015. If you are interested in an opportunity to work with a nonprofit social service group and would like to learn about the various programs that AAFS offers, including services for elderly, mental health, advocacy, domestic violence, immigration, fundraising, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Requirements include: * Fellows must be upperclassman (junior or senior standing) or recent graduates * Fellows will be required to travel...

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AAFS Takes Part in Chili’s Give Back Program

  We are urging everyone to participate in an event that will be beneficial to Arab American Family Services and fun for you! We are taking part in Chili’s restaurant “Give Back Program.” With this program, anytime you dine in at Chili’s, and mention AAFS, or the promotional code pictured above, Chili’s will give 15% of your purchase price to AAFS. The program kicks off on June 15 and runs through August 15 and is held every Monday through Thursday. So please take part in this wonderful event and help AAFS...

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AAFS Testifies in State Capital to Urge Lawmakers to Bring Back Services

Arab American Family Services co-founder Itedal Shalabi was in Springfield this week, meeting with legislators and voicing her concern on why it is important for the state of Illinois to restore funding for the Illinois Welcoming Center, which was a program that was cut when Gov. Bruce Rauner announced his $26 million budget cut. Shalabi testified to the Human Services Appropriation Committee about funding the IWC and Immigrant Service Line Funding. IWC is a valid source for immigrants in the state, who need assistance and guidance on how to...

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AAFS Joins ICADV in Springfield to Discuss Domestic Violence

Arab American Family Services was in Springfield on May 20 and May 22, in support of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, discussing leadership and strategic planning to put an end to this issue of domestic violence. Issues discussed included leadership and self empowerment, as well as training, education and additional resources to help deal with the issue. AAFS is an active member of ICADV and serves on the leadership development committee. Every three months, members gather in Springfield to discuss issues in domestic violence...

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AAFS Takes Part in Successful NNAAC Service Day

This year, Arab American Family Services took part in National Arab American Service Day with a special event dedicated to feeding the homeless and hungry. Over one hundred volunteers took part in this special event, preparing 1,000 meals that were distributed to four separate shelters. The shelters were Pillars, Hased House, Pacific Garden and You Can Make It. We are fortunate for Muslims Against Hunger for their time and dedication to this great cause and for giving us the tools needed to help make this day possible and prepare so many...

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AAFS To Offer First Arab Congregate Meals Program

Arab American Family Services will be hosting the first Arab American congregate meals program for our seniors, ages 60 and older. The program will kick off on October 1 and run through September 2016. This is the perfect opportunity for our seniors and their spouses to get out and interact with other Arab seniors and enjoy a time of networking, socializing and educating. The meals will be served everyday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the restaurant locations will be announced soon. For more information, please call (708) 599-2237.

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