National Service - Responses to Hurricane Harvey

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Dear friends,

The American Red Cross is requesting volunteers who are skilled in shelter operations to support Hurricane Harvey response efforts in Texas. To learn about opportunities with the American Red Cross visit our blog.

More opportunities to volunteer may be available with Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. You can find a list of those and more at There you can  also find information on where to seek assistance, should you, or friends and family be impacted by the storm’s effects.

Please share this email with others you know who may wish to volunteer to help Texans recover.

Stay safe,

Kelly DeGraff
Senior Advisor, Disaster Services Unit

Asian American Commission - Reminder: Scholarship Application due Friday, September 1, 2017!

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission (AAC) is pleased to continue its annual scholarship in the amount of $1000 for an incoming or current college student to use towards their undergraduate education expenses.

Strongest consideration will be given to candidates who would like to continue their studies towards a career in health, human or social services, or civic engagement, and who have a passion for giving back to the AAPI community in Massachusetts.

The application must be fully completed and returned (via email, hand-delivery, or regular mail) to Bora Chiemruom, Executive Director,, by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017. Please click on the link AAC-AAPI-Scholarship-Intro-and-Application-2017.pdf to get to the scholarship introduction and application.

The scholarship award will be presented at the 6th Annual Young Leaders Symposium on Saturday, September 23, 2017, a free community event, held at the location of the AAC's community partner for this event, Vietnamese American Community Center and Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet AID), 42 Charles Street, Dorchester, MA 02215, from 9am to 2pm.

Registration is REQUIRED to attend this event, and space is limited, so be sure to register today! Deadline to register is September 15, 2017, but registration may close sooner if space capacity is reached prior to then.

Register for the AAC's Young Leaders Symposium here, featuring keynote speaker Jessica Tang, President of Boston Teachers Union:

Thank you for a successful Quincy August Moon Festival!

The sincerest of thank you to all those who celebrated the August Moon Festival with us this weekend! This year marks not only the 30th anniversary of the festival, but the first year that QARI partnered with the City of Quincy to make the festival its Signature Event for the month of August. A crowd of nearly 20,000 gathered in Quincy Center  to celebrate diversity and community spirit. On this beautiful Sunday, family, children, and friends enjoyed traditional and contemporary performances, arts & crafts, gaming, virtual reality, a children’s area with a petting zoo and pony rides, and - as always - delicious food!

This festival would be impossible without the collaboration of Mayor Thomas Koch and the City of Quincy, Quincy Public Schools, the Quincy Police, Department of Public Works, Park & Recreation, Fire Department, and the South Shore YMCA.

Elected officials also attended and participated, including Mayor Thomas Koch, State Senator John Keenan, State Representative Tackey Chan, City Councillors Kirsten Huges, Ian Cain, Noel DiBona, and Nina Liang. We appreciate all that you do for the community! 

Our gratitude goes to our Presenting Sponsor, South Cove Community Health Center; Diamond Sponsor, The City of Quincy; and Jade Sponsors, Carney Hospital, Eastern Bank, the MBTA, McDonald’s, National Grid, Quirk Cars, and Tufts Medical Center. We would also like to thank our Community Partners, The Boston Foundation, Museum of Science, and Massachusetts Cultural Council, as well as Bridgeside Entertainment and C&C Company. A special thank you to Dr. Evelyn Gruss Lipper, a global philanthropist, for her generous donation. Thank you all. Your support goes a long way.


This festival brings together hundreds of volunteers. Thank you to the 100+ YouthService Corps members who donated time and energy to make this festival possible. Thank you to State Street volunteers, led by Sandy Ng Wong, for organizing and running the cultural area. Thank you to the Board of Directors for bringing their expertise to the festival. Thank you to Ellen Kaye, our Events Consultant who organized and ran this festival. It would not be possible without any of you.

Thank you to everyone who attended. We hope that you will save the date for the Lunar New Year Festival on February 11, 2018 and next year’s August Moon Festival on August 19, 2018.

With much gratitude,

Philip Chong
CEO, Quincy Asian Resources Inc.


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Quincy rep, Tackey Chan, is House’s first Asian-American chairman

State Representative, Tackey Chan, QARI's founding board member, became the first Asian American House Chairman on Monday.  In the late 90's, Rep. Chan saw the needs of providing more community services and support for the growing populations of immigrants and minorities in Quincy and the South Shore areas.  In 2001, he founded Quincy Asian Resources Inc. (QARI) to help assist immigrants and minorities to gain social and economic stabilities and more participate in the community.  

Picture From The Patriot Ledger

Picture From The Patriot Ledger