Gift the Gift of Giving

If you haven’t known this already, CBruhs and AzN are two of the most charitable people ever *cough*. We regularly buy drinks for the less fortunate and compost whenever the compost can is closer than the garbage can. Sometimes.

So if you haven’t figured out what you wanted to buy your Asian Mom or Asian cousin for xmas yet, take a look at some of these charities that are Cbruhs and AzN APPROVED.

API Women & Family Safety Center: Organizes communities, educates, trains, and provides technical assistance and comprehensive culturally relevant services on domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking to Asian and Pacific Islander community members, service providers, survivors, and their families. Donate here.

Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS): Provides a wide array of social, mental, and behavioral services in 30 languages, including one of the most-used food banks in King County, distributing more than 126,000 pounds of food per month to more than 4,500 households. It is also the only food bank in Washington state that regularly distributes foods for Asian and Pacific Islander diets.  Donate here.

Asian Pacific Environmental Network: APEN seeks to empower low-income Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities to achieve environmental and social justice. APEN believes that the environment includes everything around us: where we live, work and play. And we strive to build grassroots organizations that will improve the health, well-being and political strength of our communities. Donate here.

Asian Services in Action: Founded in 1995 by four Asian immigrant women, the mission of ASIA is to empower Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Northeastern Ohio to access quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate information and services. Donate here.

CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities: CAAAV works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City.  Through an organizing model constituted by five core elements: base-building, leadership development, campaigns, alliances, and organizational development- CAAAV organizes communities to fight for institutional change and participates in a broader movement towards racial, gender, and economic justice. Donate here.

Chinatown Community Development Center: The Mission of the Chinatown Community Development Center is to build community and enhance the quality of life for San Francisco residents. Based in the Chinatown neighborhood, Chinatown CDC also serves other San Francisco neighborhoods, including North Beach and the Tenderloin. We are a community development organization with many roles, serving as neighborhood advocates, organizers, planners, as developers and managers of affordable housing. Donate here.

Chinese for Affirmative Action: Founded in 1969, its initial goals were equality of access to employment and the creation of job opportunities for Chinese Americans. The group broadened its mission in the subsequent decades. CAA’s mission is “to defend and promote the civil and political rights of Chinese and Asian Americans within the context of, and in the interest of, advancing multiracial democracy in the United States”. Donate here.

Chinese Information Service Center (CISC): Helps Chinese and other Asian immigrants throughout King County achieve success in their new community by providing information, referral, advocacy, social, and support services. CISC has also been involved in community efforts to ensure voting rights access for limited English-proficient voters in King County. Donate here.

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF): The nation’s only pan-Asian children’s rights advocacy organization, CACF improves the health and well-being of APA children and families in NYC by advocating for improved policies, funding, and services, providing capacity-building and coalition-building to other APA orgs, and building youth and parent leadership. Donate here.

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF): The only national, multi-issue API women’s organization in the country. NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for API women and girls, and works on issues such as immigrant rights, repoductive health, and leadership development for young women. Donate here.

Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation: The mission of the Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation is to assist refugees, former refugees and immigrants, and low income ethnic families to become productive members of their communities and to value multi-cultural diversity. Donate here.
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