Elections across the country on Tuesday, November 8 brought victories for many first-time public office holders. In Montana and Virginia, it was also an historic election night for two candidates who came to the United States as refugees. Their winning campaigns represent the immense contributions of refugees who are welcomed to this country after fleeing violence and persecution.
A team of 50 men and women are taking part in a 12 mile obstacle course called Tough Mudder. Why? To raise funds and awareness for Amaanah's unique program called the Awesome Academy. The Awesome Academy is a school-based academic and social support program for resettled refugee students. Amaanah's instructors work along side teachers inside the classrooms to provide students with the extra support they need. The program is currently serving over 600 students across 15 schools in Houston and Austin.
While Amaanah's focus is on long-term services, we host Rock the Block every year to connect community members to our new neighbors. 300 volunteers. 700 families.1400 bags. Thank you to everyone that made Rock the Block 2017 a huge success. We look forward to seeing you at Rock the Block 2018!
In partnership with a wonderful group of ladies, we completed another Home Transformation last weekend. Would your group like to volunteer for a Home Transformation? It's simple. All you have to do is get a group of 15-20 volunteers together, raise $3,500, and put in a day's work. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
Meat UP 2017 - In partnership with a locally operated and state-licensed farm, this annual meat drive provides more than 3500 lbs of meat to hundreds of resettled refugee families across the Houston area. Visit www.refugeelink.com/meatup for more information!
This year, we will be running to raise money for the Awesome Academy. The Awesome Academy is our unique in-school academic support program for resettled refugee students. Take the leap and join now!
We are excited to announce that Amaanah was the only refugee serving organization to take part at #GreaterThanTheGame! This special event is celebrating the charitable impact of Superbowl 51. We were apart of 78 nonprofit organizations across our community who were honored on that day. Thank you once again to the Houston Texans for your continuous support!
Wow! We are again grateful for all our volunteers that were able to participate in Rock The Block in Houston or Austin. In Houston we had 300 volunteers deliver food bags to 700 families and in Austin we had 90 volunteers deliver to 200 families. Thank you again to those that were apart of this special event. You were all able to bring smiles to 900 households thanks to your support!
Rays of Change 2017 was a success in Houston with the attendance of over 1300 guests! This evening was uplifting and inspiring to all whom were present. We would like to send special thanks to our presenting sponsor the Houston Rockets, Shelia Burki Designs for sponsoring much of the beautiful decor , and Khary Dixon for the wonderful pictures! This event was only made possible with the continuous support of those who believe in Amaanah's mission! Thank you.
Amaanah's inaugural benefit for resettled refugee students in Austin, Texas was attended by over 350 guests. Special thanks to the Austin community for showing support in Amaanah's work.