ALLIES Immigrant Integration Goal

8. Civic & Community

Participation in Civic and Community Life is critical to an individual’s integration into society. Civic integration is a two-way process involving learning and adaptation by both immigrant communities and receiving communities. Broadening an understanding of diverse perspectives and cultural resources ultimately strengthens both the immigrant and receiving communities, and increases the entire community’s capacity to adapt and respond to a changing global environment.

The resources listed below are organizations and other information in support of this goal.

Refugee Congress seeks nominations from the refugee and immigration community
3/13/18 The Refugee Congress is an advocacy and advisory organization comprised of refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless persons from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Mission of the Refugee Congress is to promote the well-being, integration, and dignity of all refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless persons in the US. Click here for Nomination Form

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American Muslim Voice
The AMV Foundation is committed to connect people from all walks of life. Through education and social interaction we will erase our fears and will joyously accept each other so we can celebrate our diversity. Based in San Jose, CA

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American Red Cross - Silicon Valley Chapter (ARC-SV)
Classes in disaster preparedness and response, health and safety, first aid, and childcare. Emergency assistance for victims of home fires and natural disasters. Fire prevention and community education programs. International Services - Family Reunification. San Jose office serves Santa Clara County.

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Arab American Cultural Center of Silicon Valley (AACC-SV)
Arab American Cultural, Artistic and Social programs Community outreach to the 28,000 Americans of Arab decent in Santa Clara County Promoting, conducting and sponsoring Cultural and Artistic events in the service of the Arab American community in SCC. 2017 Launch AMAAN program for Refugees. Member RIF, Refugee & Immigrant Forum

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Atzlan Academy
The Academy engages scholars, writers, artists, philosophers and folklorists to enlighten its membership while it sustains some of the oldest cultural traditions in this continent. The Academy's activities are geared to create and express the Mexican/Chicano social experience inspiring young children, entertaining the public, offering performing opportunities, and exploring venues to preserve the local MESTIZO artistic heritage. It is also involved in social issues that affect our communities.

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Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center
Our mission is to provide a broad array of opportunities and programs, and a spirit of community that celebrates the many facets of our constituency. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of all ages and backgrounds find resources and support services that are not available elsewhere, including: Library, Free Cyber Center, Art Exhibits, Social Events, HIV Testing, Counseling and weekly Spanish AA meetings. @billydefrank https://www.facebook.com/billydefrank

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Eritrean Community in Santa Clara County (ECSCC)
It is estimated that over 5000 Eritreans currently reside in Santa Clara County. ECSCC acts as a link between its members and American society. New Eritrean arrivals are provided with information to help them adjust in the America. ECSCC provides adult and youth workshops, organizes cultural shows, picnics, celebrates Eritrean national holidays and provides support in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. Multi-language: Eritrean Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Refugee, Africa

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Ethiopian Community Services
Translating legal documents and interpreting for clients in court, hospital, and government offices. Information and referral to help clients to understand, and access resources in areas of housing, welfare, legal, education and employment. Other: resume development, employment listing’s, job search and training programs, placement services, rental references, and representation at agencies. Multi-language: Ameharic, Oromiffaa, & Tigrigna. Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Advocacy

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IRCC (Immigrant Resettlement and Cultural Center)
Serving the SCC community since 1979, providing social services ranging from housing assistance, job skills training, English language classes for new immigrants. Providing meals for homeless in the Santa Clara County. Along with Vietnamese culture heritage and art museum preservation. Multi-lingual, Twitter: @irccsanjose

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India Community Center
ICC has facilities in both Santa Clara and Milpitas. Information & Referral (both Indian and mainstream), free legal clinic, free medical clinic, free ayurveda clinic, free behavioral health clinic. Activities for children, teens, adults, and seniors in the Indian Community. Multi-language: Key Words: Ethnic, cultural competence, social,

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MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
An inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation. Ethnic, Multi-language: Mexican, Spanish,

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Mexican Heritage Plaza School of Arts and Culture
Offers quarterly after school and summer sessions in visual and performing arts, and provides a multi-cultural and inter-cultural venue for community events and programs that embrace all cultures, while exploring the artistic traditions, cultural history, and contemporary creative expression of Mexican Arts. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Latino, folklorico, San Jose, SCC

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Muslim Community Association (MCA)
In addition to being open for prayers five times a day, MCA provides several social services, Career Services, Legal Clinics, Medical Clinics, Weekend Islamic School programs, Dawah, Family counseling, Youth and Women's services, Visiting scholars, etc. Multi-language Key Words: Islam

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New civic workshop aims to empower Vietnamese Americans
3/3/18 Today, close to 30 South Bay residents are participating in San Jose's Vietnamese American Civic Leaders Academy, a seven-part seminar by VietUnity and the Office of Immigrant Affairs in which they'll learn how to better access city resources. But the sessions will also include discussions on gender justice, racism, housing, education, immigration and deportation - topics that haven't always been openly addressed in the Vietnamese community, particularly among older generations.

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PACT-San Jose
PACT's mission is to empower everyday people to create a more healthy and just society by winning victories for the community - not by speaking for them, but by teaching people how to speak up and take action in the public arena through grass roots organizing. PACT represents more than 50,000 people through it's member organizations: PACT is an affiliate of the PICO National Network, one of the largest grassroots community organizations in the US, representing more than 1,000 religious congregations, schools, and neighborhood institutions and 1,000,000 families in 150 cities and towns. Key Words: Collaboration Multi-lingual: Spanish

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Payvand Iranian Community
A local 501C-3, non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization. Our mission is to integrate and empower the Iranian-American community by promoting arts and culture in the Bay Area. We bring educational services, scholarships and various cultural activities to the community. Serving: Santa Clara County, Persian, Youth, Iranian Federated Women's Club Key Words: Financial Aid Multi-language: Farsi

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Sacred Heart Community Services
SHCS offers a broad range of social programs including assistance with food, clothing, housing, utilities, counseling and advocacy. The Volunteer Engagement Program is an online training arena to allow volunteers throughout the world to create their initiatives in their own communities. Currently it is being used to assist immigrants with the deferred action (DACA) immigration process, including filling out applications and providing financial coaching. .Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Mental Health, families, vulnerable populations

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Services, Immigration Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
SIREN provides free and sliding scale citizenship, legalization and advocacy services to the immigrant community in Santa Clara County, CA. General Phone (408) 453-3003. Immigrant Q&A Line: English & Spanish: (408) 453-3017, English & Vietnamese: (408) 453-3013 Bay Area BIA Accredited Non-Profit Multi-language, Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration Key Words: Know Your Rights (KYR), DACA, VAWA,

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South Bay Islamic Association
In addition to prayers, SBIA provides Islamic School programs, Homeless Feeding, Islamic Funeral services, Family Night, and more.

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Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation, Inc. (VIVO)
VIVO is a nonprofit, community-based organization providing services to over 100,000 residents in Santa Clara and San Joaquin counties in Northern California. Our bilingual/bi-cultural services include: Senior Program, Youth & Family Programs, Health Education, English-as-a-Second Language, Computer Skills Training, Employment Placement, Citizenship Classes, Community Advocacy and more. Key Words: ESL, Asian, CBO, Offices in San Jose and Stockton, CA Multi-Language: Vietnamese

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Working Partnerships USA
Working Partnerships USA is a community organization that drives the movement for a just economy by bringing together public policy innovation and the power of grassroots organizing. We build the capacity of workers, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color to lead and govern. Based in Silicon Valley, we tackle the root causes of inequality and poverty by leading collaborative campaigns for quality jobs, healthy communities, equitable growth and vibrant democracy. Key Word: Interfaith, Leadership Institute, Health Care,

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