ACC’s Annual Donation Drive addresses the growing need for basic items, from furniture to clothing to food distribution. These donation drives and giveaways are a tradition at ACC. Each year ACC distributes basic needs items, holiday gifts and turkeys to those in need through its many community outreach offices. There is a great need for your support and we invite you to be involved in this charitable effort. Your generosity and support makes a real differencein the lives of families we serve. ACC is asking for your help through donations. Please join us in supporting those less fortunate. To donate anytime during the year, please contact ACC at (248) 559-1990.
ACC distributes turkeys to those in need through its Annual Turkey Drive. ACC has been providing turkeys at Thanksgiving to meet the needs of those less fortunate in the tri-county area for more than three decades. In the past 10 years, the ACC estimates it has given away approximately 1,000 turkeys thanks to contributions from businesses, organizations and individuals.
ACC sponsors Community Career Fairs in cooperation with the U.S. Army Great Lakes Recruitment Division and the Army National Guard to assist in identifying interpreters and linguists. According to the Great Lakes Recruitment program director the division doubled the number of qualified participants eligible for the program through the assistance of ACC.
Reflected in the various activities offered to students, government agencies, and the community at large, the Cultural Tapestry Program is a creative program that promotes cultural appreciation and tolerance of the Arab and Chaldean culture. This cultural program is a key component in ACC’s mission to create a bridge of understanding for a safe, healthy, and peaceful community. ACC takes a leadership role in responding to current events that impact our communities through its comprehensive cultural diversity and sensitivity training. Programs are tailored to meet the particular needs of the targeted audience. They range from small group in-depth lectures for professional educators and law enforcement agencies, to broadly informative cultural programs for school and community groups.
ACC, in partnership with Forgotten Harvest, kicked off its “Pantry of Plenty” Fresh Food Program on December 20, 2011 at its Youth Recreation and Leadership Center in Detroit. Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM ACC distributes over 30,000 pounds of much needed nutritional food items to those in need. Food items include a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy items, meat products, juices, snacks, and much more! Since December over 5,000 families have enrolled in the pantry program. Each family receives approximately 60 pounds of prepared and perishable foods per event. The economy we have faced as a community has brought a new story of despair for thousands of children, families and seniors in the tricounty area. Hunger now touches the lives of a new group of people in our neighborhoods who are in greater need of supportive resources and services. Together with ForgottenHarvest, ACC will work to relieve hunger in the Detroit metropolitan community.
The Scholarship Awards Program is available once a year to graduating high school seniors. Education is a fundamental part of a youth’s social and personal development. ACC’s Scholarship Award Program financially assists graduating high school students as they pursue their education. Scholarships are based on academic excellence and financial need. Applicants must be a high school senior, who has been accepted to college, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and has demonstrated extracurricular/ volunteer activities. Proceeds from ACC’s Annual Golf Outing provide funding for ACC’s Scholarship Program.
ACC collaborates with the Michigan Secretary of State in order to offer orientation, registration, driving permits and Arabic tests to applicants over the age of 18. Written tests are held once a month at ACC. The purpose of this program is to assists individuals with language barriers in obtaining their drivers license.
In partnership with Focus:HOPE, ACC Senior Citizen Services are offered to Oakland and Macomb county residents through community outreach efforts to distribute food to needy senior citizens. The services are available at ACC’s office located at the Troy-based St. George Orthodox Church.