The AACC has been helping with the smooth integration of the Iraqi, Syrian, and Egyptian refugees integrate into the American communities of Central Florida, AACC recently hosted a meeting which brought various entities from the Orange County community together. Our goal is to ensure a friendly and efficient transition for the incoming Syrian refugees.
A special thanks to our community leaders who helped make this process possible including; Imam Sykes and his wife Nuran from the Islamic Society of Leading American Muslims, the Catholic Charities of Central Florida, the Lutheran Services of Florida, DCF of Orange County and other active community volunteers.
WING is a new program for refugees, new residents and immigrants. The goal of the program is to acquaint new community members with the culture, laws and systems in the U.S. so that they can integrate successfully and become productive citizens in their communities.
The Central Florida Arab-American population is growing at a steady pace. Much of the new residents include refugees from war torn countries in the Middle East such as Iraq, Egypt, and Syria. There is a clear and great need for a mentoring and welcoming program that will help these new immigrants as they pave their way to a productive presence in Central Florida.
Mentorship is a way to help assist new refugees get settled in the United States. Transitioning to a new country is a difficult process, but through the support of a sponsor, this process can be eased dramatically. Mentoring a refugee or their family is simple, just sign up using the form on this page and we'll contact you shortly regarding the next steps. Your assistance and support can be all the difference for a refugee and their family.
Health, Employment & Immigration Services
- Signup assistance with certified Affordable Care Act navigators in the office. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with a PCAN Navigation, please call the AACC Office.
- Referrals to free low income services in Central Florida
- Community health fairs held quarterly in partnership with Florida Hospital and other healthcare providers
- Educational workshops focusing on diabetes care, nutrition and lifestyle issues, and breast cancer awareness held throughout the year.
- Florida Kidcare
- Referrals to counseling at Career Source Central Florida
- In-office computers stations available to access Career Source Central Florida’s resources and opportunities
- ESL classes
- Computer classes
- Resumé workshops
- Job opportunity alerts
- Employment fairs
- Intreview training
- Immigration Services
- Free immigration consultations the second Thursday of every month
- Citizenship Clinics
- Citizenship test prep
- ESL classes
- Welcome services for New Americans and refugees
- Resources for immigration services
- Have an immigration question?
- Come into the AACC Office every 2nd Thursday from 4:00- 7:00PM for a free one-on-one immigration consultation with a lawyer. First, you must schedule an appointment. To book your appointment call (407) 985-4550 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Domestic Violence
- Translation Services
- Certified Training in Disaster Relief
- Healthy Relationships
- Citizenship Clinics
- Arabic Classes
- Computer Classes
- Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Services
A large number of Arab Americans in Central Florida are first or second generation immigrants to the United States and many of us can relate to how difficult adjusting to a new culture can be, especially during desperate times such a medical emergencies, jobs losses, or unexpected life changes. The women in the AACC Helping Hands provide aid for a variety of situations.
AACC Helping Hand’s is a project of the AACC facilitated by the AACC Women’s Committee. The Helping Hands epitomizes charity work and community service in our community. Several noteworthy fund raisers have been directed by the women of the AACC within our community. Recent charitable works the women have done include the preparation of meals for fifty families staying in the Hubbard House who that have loved ones in the Orlando Health Hospital. Eighty care packages were prepared during Ramadan for the many refugees and low income families in the Central Florida area. Most recently the women raised money or donated funds to purchase 72 backpacks filled with school supplies for students from low income homes who attend Washington Shores Elementary school in Orange County. These are just a few of the charitable acts the women of AACC have done in our community. These women work tirelessly to accomplish goals they set out to reach. Many times the women donate the funds themselves or search for funds single handedly. As we prepare for a large number of fleeing Syrian Refugees to enter into Central Florida it is important to raise awareness to our Charity. Without help from our community members we can’t grow and expand our outreach to the many Arab Americans in the Central Florida area who need assistance.
If you would to make a charitable contribution or volunteer please contact the AACC office at (407) 985-4550
provided by the AACC for two different age groups: ages 6-12 and 13-19. Youth who are 13-19 years old will have the opportunity to engage with other youth and the community through events and community service projects. Our youth members also have the opportunity to participate in our job mentoring program, travel to Michigan for the Arab American Youth Summit to learn and meet with youth from all across the country, receive free tutoring in multiple subjects, and attain valuable skills necessary for success.
Ages 13-19 Director: Donya Alkhatib