Asian American Center of Frederick
Asian American Center of Frederick seeks to enhance residents’ lives in Frederick City and surrounding communities through our Integrate Culture, Ages & Needs (I CAN) program by the addition of the Western Maryland – WMD C.A.F.E (Caring About Family Engagement) as it moves into its second year.
Enhance, Empower and Enrich are the three pillars of our mission. From inception, this is the norm and not exception. In 2020, with uprising civil unrest, racial justice issues and the unprecedented COVID crisis, we found our mission being amplified by the concerns of health disparities among minorities, economic devastation, social isolation of our seniors and the lost generation of school children in their learning, and more. Our world turned upside down, and we stepped up. One particular area of concern was the school families. This gave our I CAN Program another reason to expand. Researchers suggest that adults who engage children in culturally responsive educational experiences help build young children’s self-confidence and skills, remain sensitive to differences, maintain high expectations for those they are educating, and teach cultural inclusivity during outreach in the community.
In a short 6 months during the COVID Crisis, we continue to “integrate” our current programs with a lens of cultural inclusiveness to support the needs of our community across all ages.
In 2020, the AACF I-CAN program was able to:
– Provide support and educate expectant on resources to maintain prenatal education with our goals of positive birth outcomes
– Develop a virtual Resource Hub to accept all kinds of inquiries from unemployment, job search, rental assistance and special requests such as food and medicine needs. We follow up with appointment.
– Set up Food Drop and make special home delivery to home bound seniors. Partnered with Frederick Community Action Agency, The Salvation Army and Frederick Rescue Mission to provide over 1500 ALICE households food items that are on the West Side of Frederick.
– Produce cloth masks and distribute PPE on all occasions
– Enroll more than 800 households into the Kaiser Permanente Community Health Program of FREE insurance for one year in an estimated value of more than $5,000,000 premium benefit alone.
– Secure Cancer Fund and assist those who were not able to afford treatment, medication and need support due to their illness at a value of more than $14,000.
– Covert all of our ESL and Citizenship classes via zoom and maintain close connection to the communities for social support
– Conduct survey among 100 seniors and keep in contact with their needs.
– Recruit and train 100 volunteers from our RSVP programs, youth community organizations, and veterans from different ethnic backgrounds to assist in this effort.
– Created a new literacy program: the Intergenerational Reading Club was formulated in a virtual environment. This reading program helped young children between ages 4 and 8 understand simple words and sentences in books. The books are carefully sought to promote multiculturalism. The children will understand different cultures, which encourages them to recognize their sense of self and have responsibility for themselves and others.
– Provide weekend art classes for small groups of neighborhood families.
– Initiated more academic small enrichment class in math and ready for middle school students.
AACF’s impact is truly the result of unity of passion, partnership, and inclusiveness for everyone. Since COVID, we have seen more of our ALICE families of all races come for help. We witness the difference we made Thus, we build the WMD C.A.F.E (Caring About Family Engagement) to integrate our strengths and cultural asset of our families so we can build a better future across cultural divide and ages.
Please join with us today to continue the Integrate Culture, Ages & Needs (I CAN) program and enrich the community of those we serve at AACF with the Western MD C.A.F.E (Caring About Family Engagement)