Project Citizenship helps immigrants in June

Our mission at Project Citizenship is to help every eligible permanent resident in Massachusetts overcome the barriers to naturalization. This past month, we offered our services in two new communities to ensure that all immigrant populations have access to our services. With the support of our community partners, we co-sponsored our first Project Citizenship workshops in Quincy and Lowell.

Quincy is home to the second highest Chinese-American population in Massachusetts; Lowell has the second highest population of Cambodian-Americans in the entire United States. Thanks to the Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. and the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, we were able to serve over 130 clients in these communities in June. Valuable partnerships like these allow us to spread our message to those that may not know about our services and to bring those services directly to clients where they live.

We will continue to serve residents of Quincy and Lowell and will work to build and strengthen relationships with the various immigrant communities across Massachusetts.

Upcoming Events:
Morgan Lewis: Thursday, July 19: Boston, MA
Lawrence CommunityWorks: Wednesday, July 25: Lawrence, MA

Register to volunteer with us here!

In June, we hosted eight different workshops and submitted 163 applications for citizenship, making June our busiest month in 2018. In Lowell, we served 68 clients from 17 different countries.  In Quincy, we served 64 clients from 19 countries. We held additional workshops in Chelsea, at Goodwin Procter, and offered four days of appointments at our in-office citizenship center. Over the course of the month, we served over 250 new Americans on their journeys to citizenship.

We are so grateful for our community partners, collaborators and donors that further our mission.  Thank you for helping to make citizenship attainable for all. Special thanks to CMAA, QARI, the Chelsea Public Library, and Goodwin Procter, for their dedicated collaboration in June.

Quincy August Moon Festival Receives Best of Boston Award from Boston Magazine

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June 29, 2018                                                      Chief Executive Officer, QARI
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Quincy August Moon Festival Receives Best of Boston Award from Boston Magazine

QUINCY, MA - The Quincy August Moon Festival was awarded Best of Boston 2018 (“Best Street Festival”) by Boston Magazine. Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) is proud to partner with the City of Quincy to host the 2018 August Moon Festival as Quincy’s Signature Event for the month of August. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the festival in Quincy, one of the largest August Moon Festivals in the Northeast.

This year’s August Moon Festival will take place Sunday, August 19 from 12PM to 5PM. Join thousands of people on Coddington Street (Quincy Center) to enjoy both traditional and contemporary performances, amusements for all ages, and a taste of Asia with street fare from food trucks and local restaurants featuring celebrity chef demonstration with Chef Ray Alongi (as seen on Hell’s Kitchen).

Guests are invited to enjoy the new addition of a craft beer garden and oversized backyard games designed for young professionals, as well as well as the return of fan favorite, the August Moon Remix featuring a DJ, hip hop, rap and jazz-rock fusion band. Families can visit the expanded Kids Zone with a free petting zoo, free pony rides, South Shore YMCA family stage, and cultural crafts and activities. Festival-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets to take in the day’s performances.

Join The City of Quincy, Presenting Sponsor South Cove Community Health Center and the local community on August 19th in a diverse celebration of what makes Quincy a place we all can call home!

This event is free and open to the community. Vendor opportunities are available (pending capacity). For more information, contact events@quincyasianresources.org or visit quincyasianrecources.org.

For more information that is updated regularly, follow QARI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @QARI1509.

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Founded in 2001, QARI is the go-to center for Asian residents in Quincy. QARI's mission is to foster and improve the social, cultural, economic and civic lives of Asian Americans and their families to benefit Quincy and its neighboring communities. Through collaborations and partnerships, we provide culturally competent services including adult education programs, youth development, and cultural events as well as information and referrals to public and other community organizations.

Boston Foundation announces $4.3 million in grants to Greater Boston organizations

Boston – The Boston Foundation announced its quarterly discretionary grants after a meeting of the Foundation’s Board of Directors this week. The Board approved $2,160,375 in single and multi-year discretionary grants to 19 nonprofits to be paid out beginning in April 2018. Of the 19 grants, four provide multi-year support. In addition, the Board approved another $541,500 in single-year Open Door grants to 25 additional Boston-area nonprofits, and it acknowledged $1,615,356 in between-cycles discretionary small grants through other programs of the Foundation.

“With this round of grants, the Boston Foundation continues our efforts to support organizations that expand opportunities to new groups in Greater Boston,” said Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. “At a time when the tight job market opens doors for people with the right training to access our 21st century economy, many these grants are an investment in ensuring everyone in Boston has ways to access these opportunities.”

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. welcomes Derby Academy as an Asian Community Partner

亚协服务中心欢迎Derby学院加入成为亚裔社区合作伙伴

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) is proud to announce that Derby Academy is one of its Asian Community Partners. QARI’s Asian Community Partnership program connects businesses and service providers with opportunities to engage with and invest in the Asian population in Quincy and the South Shore area.

亚协服务中心(亚协)非常荣幸地宣布Derby学院正式成为亚协的亚裔社区合作伙伴。亚协的亚裔社区合作伙伴计划旨在连接企业和服务机构,提供机会让他们接触和投资于昆市和南岸地区的亚裔社群。

Founded in 1784, Derby Academy is an independent, co-educational, Pre-K through Grade 8 school located in Hingham, MA. Its motto, “Improve Both Mind and Heart,” reflects the School’s commitment to providing a well-rounded education that nurtures the development of the child by providing opportunities for the maximum intellectual, emotional, and physical growth of each student.

坐落在麻州Hingham地区的Derby学院创办于1784年,是一所独立的男女同校学院,设有从学前班到八年级的教育课程。它的教育宗旨“促进头脑和心灵发育”反映了学院致力于提供全面的教育,以培养学生智力、情感和体能的多方面发展。

Derby has been a leader on the South Shore for three centuries because its students are leaders with inquisitive minds. Their faculty inspires girls and boys to love learning, take joy in service, and strive for excellence. Students are guided toward an awakening sense of personal responsibility in order to prepare them to make ethical and mindful contributions in an increasingly interdependent world.

这三百年来,Derby学院一直是南岸地区的教育领先者;他们的学生是具有好奇心的领导者。他们的教员激励男女学生热爱学习、乐于奉献、追求卓越,唤醒学生的责任意识,引导他们为这个日益依存的世界作出贡献。

The School has an immersive, two-week “Winter Term” program, in which students research and provide solutions to global issues such as sustainability, access and consumption of resources, and adopting healthier lifestyles. Students partake in community service and volunteer with nonprofits like Cradles to Crayons and Father Bill’s, while Lower School students frequently correspond with children from Malawi Children's Mission Academy in Malawi, Africa. Derby Academy is truly an intimate community that encompasses a strong sense of commitment to diversity and global issues.

学院设有为期两周的“冬季学期”模拟项目,让学生研究和提供全球性问题的解决方案,例如可持续发展、资源的获取及利用、健康的生活方式等。学生也会参与Cradles to Crayons 和 Father Bill’s等非营利组织的社区和志愿者服务,低年级学生则负责与非洲Malawi 地区的Malawi Children's Mission 学院的小孩子通信。Derby学院对于多样性和全球性问题有着很强的使命感,是个名副其实的非常温馨的社区。

In this new partnership, QARI and Derby Academy will provide opportunities for the Quincy community to attend and participate in various events on Derby’s sprawling 27 acre campus.

亚协和Derby学院将会在 Derby 27英亩的校区内举办各式活动,届时欢迎昆市社区各界人士积极参与。

For more information, please contact info@quincyasianresources.org.

获取更详尽的信息,请联系info@quincyasianresources.org

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About QARI 关于亚协

Founded in 2001, QARI is the go-to center for Asian residents in Quincy. QARI provides a  broad array of services to respond to an underserved population in need including multilingual information and referral, adult education, youth programs. QARI's mission is to foster and improve the social, cultural, economic and civic lives of Asian Americans and their families to benefit Quincy and its neighboring communities. Through collaborations and partnerships, we provide culturally competent services including adult education programs, youth development, and cultural events as well as information and referrals to public and other community organizations. Additionally, QARI organizes city-wide cultural events including the lauded August Moon Festival which is presented in partnership with City of Quincy as the City’s Signature August event.

成立于2001年,亚协是昆市亚裔居民的服务中心。亚协为有需要的人群提供广泛的服务,其中包括多种语言信息和转介服务,成人教育, 和青年计划。亚协的使命是促进和改善亚裔美国人和他们家庭的社会,文化,经济,和公民生活, 以发展昆市和邻近社区。通过发展伙伴合作关系,我们提供与文化相结合的服务给公共组织和其它社区机构,包括成人教育计划,青少年发展和文化活动,以及信息和转介服务。此外,亚协组织该市的文化活动,包括和昆市市政府合作的昆市八月特色活动,中秋联欢会。

About Derby Academy

Derby Academy is a coeducational, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 school that nurtures the development of the child by providing opportunities for the maximum intellectual, emotional and physical growth of each student. Our dedicated faculty inspires students to discover the joy of intellectual curiosity, mastery of learning skills and service to the community. Students are also guided toward an awakening sense of personal responsibility in order to prepare them to make ethical and mindful contributions in an increasingly interdependent world.

关于Derby学院

Derby学院是是一所独立的男女同校学院,设有从学前班到八年级的教育课程。学院提供机会,培养学生智力、情感和体能的多方面发展。我们专业的教师激励学生热爱学习、乐于奉献、追求卓越,唤醒学生的责任意识,引导他们为这个日益依存的世界作出贡献。

At Derby Academy, we recognize and value the characteristics that contribute to each individual’s full identity, to include race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, culture, nationality, family structure, language, sexual identity, socioeconomic background, physical differences and learning styles. Our mission is to cultivate a school community infused with a multiplicity of voices and perspectives. By moving beyond individual experiences, we learn to think critically, adapt, communicate, collaborate, imagine, understand and grow. Our goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment where each person freely brings his or her whole self to school each day, confident that every individual will be respected. We believe that being a truly inclusive community requires constant attention, at times involving moments of uncertainty and misunderstanding. We dedicate ourselves to use conversation as a catalyst for the growth and change we seek.

在Derby学院,我们意识到并重视每一个人的身份,包括种族,性别,年龄,种族,宗教,文化,国籍,家庭结构,语言,性取向,社会经济背景,身体差异和学习风格。我们的使命是培养一个可接受不同声音和观点的学校社区。除了个人经验,我们学会批判性思考,适应,沟通,合作,想像,理解和成长。我们的目标是创造一个安全和亲切的环境;每一天每一个人都可以安心地来学校学习,每一个人都可以很自信并感受到尊重。虽然有时会有疑问和误解,但我们相信,一个真正包容的社区需要无时无刻的关注。因此,沟通一直是我们寻求发展和改善的催化剂。

 

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Quincy Asian Resources Inc. hosts 11th annual community banquet

Quincy Asian Resources Inc. hosts 11th annual community banquet

Quincy Asian Resources Inc. (QARI) hosted 560 guests at its 11th annual Community Banquet, held on May 11 at the China Pearl Restaurant in Quincy. The “Investing in Our Community” event recognized three honorees, in a celebration of spirit and synergy.

“‘Investing in Our Community’ means that we will do the right thing when times are tough,” said QARI CEO Philip Chong. “We will be cautious in terms of our environment, preserve our language and culture, and do the right things for justice, financial decisions, and health and mind.”

The evening began with a rhythmic performance by drum group Odaiko New England. The Founders’ Award was given to Tim Wismar, the president of the congregation at Wollaston Lutheran Church, which is a majority Chinese church. The Visionary Award was handed to John Lydon, who was president of the Quincy City Council for 18 years. Finally, the Community Partner Award was presented to the South Shore YMCA, which has been a strong supporter of QARI, building community spirit. During the banquet, students were recognized for their scholarship, and QARI’s Got Talent winner Lien To sang a passionate rendition of “One Moment in Time.”

Boston Globe: When the T came for help, the helper helped itself, too

By Jill Terreri Ramos GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  APRIL 06, 2018.

The MBTA used Asian-Americans who can speak an Asian language, such as Shirley Yao, to help customers navigate through the T's closure of the Wollaston station on the Red Line.

When the MBTA was preparing to close its Wollaston Station for 20 months of repairs, officials knew that some T riders in the heavily Asian-American neighborhood in Quincy would need help figuring out how the closure would affect their commute.

The T and state Department of Transportation officials turned to Quincy Asian Resources Inc., a social service organization that has deep connections in Quincy’s Asian-American community, to quickly find 20 bilingual customer service agents who could speak Cantonese, Mandarin, or Vietnamese to help riders locate shuttle buses to the nearest operating T station.

SAMPAN: JOSLIN DIABETES CENTER LAUNCHES ASIAN OUTREACH IN QUINCY

By Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Joslin Diabetes Center kicked off the Screen at 23 program for Asian American diabetes awareness April 3 at the South Shore YMCA.

State Rep. Tackey Chan said, “Standards used today to diagnose diabetes do not reflect our population. It’s important to get help before it’s too late.”

Screen at 23 raises awareness about Asian American and Pacific Islanders’ (AAPI) increased risk of diabetes and prediabetes at lower body mass index (BMI) levels. The Massachusetts Statehouse passed a resolution on Jan. 22, urging the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and health providers to screen Asian Americans for diabetes at a BMI of 23, which is a lower screening BMI than for Caucasian Americans.

“Diabetes is when the sugar in your blood is too high,” said Dr. George King, Joslin’s chief scientific officer. “It is the leading cause of blindness in the United States and the leading cause of heart disease. For Asian Americans, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.”

Dr. King added no other ethnic group developed diabetes at low body weights like the Asian American community. He joked, “This is terrible, as Asians have the best food.”

One out of two Asian Americans have diabetes mellitus or have prediabetes, said Karen Lau, Joslin dietitian.

JP Fuji owner and restaurateur Jimmy Liang said, “We’re small business owners and don’t make a whole lot of money, but we try to give back to the community.” JP Fuji donated food for the meeting and gives more than $80,000 a year to charity.

The South Shore YMCA’s patrons are 25 to 28 percent Asian, said Paul Gorman, South Shore YMCA president and CEO. With 120,000 square feet, the spacious facility welcomes many Asians, who often come as entire families to work out. It has an existing diabetes prevention program and will implement Screen at 23 for AAPI members, giving culturally specific diet advice and tips.

The Screen at 23 campaign is coordinated by the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, Joslin Diabetes Center, and members of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Diabetes Coalition.

 Screen at 23 kicked off in Quincy April 3 at the South Shore YMCA. (From left) JP Fuji owner Jimmy Liang, Joslin Diabetes Center chief scientific officer Dr. George King, South Shore YMCA president and CEO Paul Gorman, Rep. Tackey Chan, QARI president and CEO Philip Chong, Joslin Diabetes Center’s Dr. Greeshma Shetty. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Screen at 23 kicked off in Quincy April 3 at the South Shore YMCA. (From left) JP Fuji owner Jimmy Liang, Joslin Diabetes Center chief scientific officer Dr. George King, South Shore YMCA president and CEO Paul Gorman, Rep. Tackey Chan, QARI president and CEO Philip Chong, Joslin Diabetes Center’s Dr. Greeshma Shetty. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Honoring John "Jack" Lydon, Tim Wismar, and the South Shore YMCA

The 11th Annual QARI Community Banquet will be on Friday, May 11th at 6:30 pm at the Quincy China Pearl Restaurant. Join us for “Investing In Our Community”- an evening to celebrate collaboration and community spirit. This is an opportunity for area leaders, partners and stakeholders from Quincy, the South Shore, and Greater Boston to engage and promote synergy within the Asian community.

We will be honoring John "Jack" Lydon, Tim Wismar, and the South Shore YMCA for their invaluable contribution and investment in the Asian community.

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