Economic and cultural equality is core to ACCESS’ mission and vision. Utilizing our vast experience in human services, ACCESS has developed an integrated and comprehensive program model of service delivery for low-income and immigrant communities. Our local and state services include public, clinical and mental health programs, employment and workforce development, entrepreneurship training and support, adult education, youth education and leadership, immigration and citizenship services, and case management support.
Over the past decade, ACCESS has expanded on our foundation of community empowerment with three national programs: the Arab American National Museum, the Center for Arab American Philanthropy, and the National Network for Arab American Communities.
Because our work is so diverse, so are our organization’s needs. Given our national vision and scope, our primary goals include:
ACCESS provides many ways to donate, such as walk-in, mailing a check, phone donations and in-kind donations.
Volunteers serve in three distinct capacities to support the mission of our organization.
Board and Advisory Councils
Members of the ACCESS Board, as well as those on our various advisory councils (ACCESS Investment Committee, Planned Giving Advisory Council, Museum Friends Committee etc.), volunteer their time and expertise, and provide guidance and direction in moving us toward achieving our mission. They also provide fundraising support.
Partnerships and Internships
Through our ongoing partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA, we bring talented individuals to serve in various capacities agency-wide and national. We also value our association with local colleges and universities, whose internships at ACCESS provide students the opportunity to hone their skills and grow their experience. ACCESS proactively develops relationships with other organizations, always looking for opportunities to foster community engagement through volunteer placements.
The Helping Hands program is designed to give individual volunteers the opportunity to be a part of all aspects of ACCESS’ work, whether working directly with the community we serve or as administrative support. Some volunteers join us for National Arab American Service Day, while others prefer to assist the organization behind the scenes. Overall, we see our volunteers as partners in meeting the needs of our organization and the communities we serve.
Orientation – Training
All volunteers are provided with an overview of the organization through a general orientation, which includes ACCESS history and a brief explanation of our local services and national programs. Once the volunteer is placed in a specific department, the supervisor or director of that department provides on-the-job training specific to the department and to the particular placement.
Every person should have the opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed. We assist children, young people, and adults in developing the necessary skills to become tomorrow's leaders who will make a positive impact in their communities and beyond. In addition to academic enrichment in core subjects, summer enrichment programs and recreational activities, we offer high school drop-out prevention, technology and leadership training, community organizing and community service opportunities. Adult education programs offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, U.S. citizenship preparation, parenting education, health and nutrition classes, and early childhood literacy and education.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.