For SAALT-ines in the Washington, DC Area

Home to the fifth largest South Asian pop­u­la­tion in the coun­try accord­ing to the 2000 Cen­sus, the Wash­ing­ton, DC area is a hotbed of desi cul­ture. We’ve got gurud­waras, mosques, tem­ples and desi gro­ceries galore. SAALT is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­can Legal Resource Cen­ter (APALRC) to learn more about South Asians who live and work in the Dis­trict through the South Asian Com­mu­ni­ty Empow­er­ment Project and we are look­ing for vol­un­teers!

So what do vol­un­teers do, you ask?

It’s sim­ple, vol­un­teers con­duct street-side sur­veys of South Asians in Wash­ing­ton, DC. You’ll be col­lect­ing infor­ma­tion that sim­ply isn’t out there right now about the com­mu­ni­ty here in DC and learn­ing about your fel­low Dis­trict natives. All vol­un­teers will be trained in sur­vey­ing and com­mu­ni­ty work. Want to vol­un­teer? email Maha Khan at maha@saalt.org and we hope to see you out there!

Also, we’re going to be writ­ing more about this as it gets clos­er but the Nation­al South Asian Sum­mit is hap­pen­ing, right here in DC, from April 24–26. This is an excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty for stu­dents, pro­fes­sion­als, activists (real­ly, every­one!) to make con­nec­tions and strate­gize around empow­er­ing the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty. More details to come, but we’re look­ing at a lot of excit­ing speak­ers and guests, so reg­is­ter today!

Are you ready to “Be the Change” on Saturday, October 4th?

SAALT is gear­ing up for Be the Change 2008 and we want­ed to thank all of our plan­ning teams and local vol­un­teers who have worked so hard over the past few months to plan for this nation­al day of ser­vice! Be the Change, for­mer­ly known as the Nation­al Gand­hi Day of Ser­vice, is coor­di­nat­ed by SAALT along with vol­un­teers around the coun­try. This year, we are excit­ed that the event will be held in over 60 cities and cam­pus­es! You can find a full list of the cities and cam­pus­es here.This year’s theme for Be the Change is “Sol­i­dar­i­ty in Ser­vice” and we want to encour­age all of our vol­un­teers to keep this theme in mind when they are vol­un­teer­ing this year. This theme reflects the way com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice can build coali­tions, strength­en rela­tion­ships, and bring about sol­i­dar­i­ty among peo­ple of dif­fer­ent back­grounds.

Exam­ples of ser­vice sites this year include:

Books to Pris­ons: Vol­un­teers will be read­ing let­ters from pris­on­ers, select­ing books that match their request, and pack­ag­ing the books to send the pris­on­ers (Wash­ing­ton DC)

Hands on Atlanta Vol­un­teers will be build­ing wheel­chair ramps, men­tor­ing indi­vid­u­als in com­put­er skills, and more. (Atlanta)

Ronald McDon­ald House: Vol­un­teers will pre­pare a meal for, and serve fam­i­lies whose chil­dren are seri­ous­ly ill and receiv­ing treat­ment at near­by hos­pi­tals. (San Fran­cis­co)

Kids Enjoy Exer­cise Now (KEEN): Vol­un­teers will be con­duct­ing recre­ation­al activ­i­ties for kids in the pro­gram who have are men­tal­ly or phys­i­cal­ly chal­lenged. (New York City)

Boston Health­care for the Home­less: Vol­un­teers will be

 

work­ing with patients by lead­ing activ­i­ties like games, crafts, enter­tain­ment, etc.These are just a mere few ser­vice sites that Be the Change vol­un­teers will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year. Stay tuned for an update about how Be the Change went and how you can con­tin­ue your com­mu­ni­ty involve­ment.