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A round up of our fall activities and news about our upcoming events and programs.
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Welcome to the 2012 Fall issue of AAFSC's Newsletter! 
 
As we are all left recovering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we hope this newsletter finds everyone and their families well. We know this is a time of transition for many families and we continue to ask for your support of our work.
 
Our center has been abuzz these last few months as highlighted in this newsletter. Please check out our blog to learn more details about what we have been doing and let us know what you think.
 
Also don’t forget to save the date for AAFSC’s Art Connects New York exhibition opening on January 15, 2013. More details to follow soon.

AAFSC OPENS NEW OFFICE

The board and the staff are excited to announce that AAFSC has opened a new office in Queens. The organization has been working tirelessly to expand our services in order to better serve our community. AAFSC is expanding its Preventive Program into Queens by hiring 12 new permanent staff members who speak Arabic, Bengali, English, French, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Tibetan, and Nepali. AAFSC continues its commitment to serving not only the Arab American community but a wide variety of immigrant communities throughout New York City as well.
 
Our new office is now up and running. We expect that in the near future we will offer all of our services in the Queens location. Queens County has the second largest population of Arab Americans in New York City second to Brooklyn and we are so proud that AAFSC will begin serving this much needed community.  Come visit our new office located at 37-10 30th Street, 2nd Floor, by taking the N,Q to 39 Ave or M, R to 36 St.

AAFSC IS RECRUITING PRO-BONO LAWYERS

In order to meet the growing need of the community for legal services, AAFSC is looking into recruiting additional pro-bono lawyers.
 
AAFSC’s Legal Services Program provides family-based immigration services for Arab American immigrants throughout New York City by offering guidance and counseling in the areas of immigration law. It offers a full range of naturalization application services to Legal Permanent Residents in the immigrant community.
 
AAFSC needs pro-bono lawyers with experience in immigration law. If you are interested or know of someone who would be interested in dedicating a few hours to help our clients, please email Lena at lena@aafscny.org

LET'S WEAR PURPLE EVERYDAY

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to celebrate and support this important issue, AAFSC participated in “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign sponsored by the New York Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.
 
The girls from our Girl’s Group created purple ribbons and attached them to purple flyers explaining what the day entailed. On Wednesday, October 17th, the staff distributed the ribbons to clients and to the Family Justice Center in Brooklyn. Staff and clients also wore purple shirts, jackets, accessories, and hijabs, making it a very purple day.
 

GIFTS AND THE 99 SUPER HEROES MAKE FOR A HAPPY EID!

Eid always springs a spirit of kindness and giving. Here at AAFSC we are always deeply thankful to those who contribute and support the work that we do; that’s why we want to express our infinite gratitude to Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa for donating 500 copies of THE 99 comic books to the children and youth of AAFSC for Eid al-Adha.  To find out more about these unique super heroes inspired by Islamic traditions please visit www.the99.org
We are also grateful to the Muslim Consultative Network (MCN), its Executive Director, Megan Putney, and its Gifts for Eid Coordinator, Maryam Said, for their tireless efforts in collecting donations and gifts for our children during Eid al-Fitr. 272 AAFSC children received gifts during this holiday season thanks to the countless volunteers at MCN who carefully picked and wrapped all the presents.
To all those that have made this Eid season that much more enjoyable, AAFSC is forever grateful for all your efforts and generosity.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jan 15, 2013
6:00 - 8:00pm

AAFSC's Art Connects New York Exhibition Opening including the painting above, "Playing Baasara in Teta's Room" by Helen Zughaib.

SUPPORT OUR FRIEND OMNIA

Help one of our regular contributors and friend Omnia Hegazy! Omnia is competing in the Guitar Center Singer/Songwriter Contest. The AAFSC family is asking you to support her efforts as an Arab American and Muslim singer by helping her win $10,000, appear on Jimmy Kimmel, and record an EP with Grammy-winner producer John Shanks. All we have to do is like her Facebook page, follow her on Twitter, and subscribe to her YouTube page before December 23rd. You can also find Omnia’s songs on SoundCloud and view her contest submission on YouTube.
AAFSC VOTED

With the presidential elections on November 6th, the “AAFSC Votes” campaign came to an end. Creating this pilot program to encourage Arab American citizens to vote in this year’s presidential elections was a huge success!

AAFSC rallied the Arab American community through civic engagement and allowed them to voice issues that are important to the community.
AAFSC pledged to register 150 voters and we are so excited to report that we registered 185 voters in the course of 3 months! AAFSC also had the pleasure of hosting a series of “Meet Your Representatives” morning teas where local council members Dr. Mathieu Eugene, Brad Lander and Sara González, as well as Congresswoman Yvette Clarke engaged with our clients.
               
This campaign would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the persistent dedication of our amazing interns, Natalie O’Brien and Ismahan Sharhan. Don’t forget to check out our blog to find out more about the campaign and the reactions from Natalie herself.

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