Supporting Chicago’s Asian & Pacific Islander Community
March 19, 2021
The Ingenuity staff, like many across the country, are considering both our individual and organizational roles in combatting anti-Asian hate in our community. As a small beginning, we have compiled a list of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) organizations and resources for our community to engage with and contribute to — this list is far from comprehensive. To take action immediately, we encourage you to consider supporting an API organization today:
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CMAA’s mission is to serve the needs, promote the interests, and enhance the well-being of low-income immigrants and refugees of all generations and to foster their participation in U.S. society.
KAN-WIN: Empowering Women in the Asian America Community — Chicago, Illinois
KAN-WIN’S MISSION is to eradicate gender-based violence, including domestic violence and sexual assault, especially for women and children across Asian American communities and beyond through culturally competent services, community engagement, and advocacy.
HANA Center Chicago
HANA’s mission is to empower Korean American and multi-ethnic immigrant communities through social services, education, culture, and community organizing to advance human rights.
Asian-Americans Advancing Justice Chicago
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity.
Fighting in the national democratic movement for the liberation of the filipino people.
The Indo American Center (IAC) addresses the needs of South Asian immigrants as well as people from more than thirty nations over the world. IAC provides services that facilitate their adjustment, integration, and friendship with the wider society, nurture their sense of community, and foster appreciation for the diversity of culture and heritage.
Axis Lab is an arts and architecture community organization based on Argyle Street in Uptown, Chicago. We engage in arts, educational programming, urban design, culinary curating, and other multidisciplinary approaches to advocate for ethical development for immigrants and refugees.
Apna Ghar provides critical, comprehensive, culturally competent services, and conducts outreach and advocacy across communities to end gender violence.
The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights & EEmpowerment (AFIRE) is a grassroots community organization founded by Filipino immigrants and carry with them the legacy of People Power. They believe that the people most affected by structural injustice should be at the forefront of their movements. They seek to amplify the voices of those most silenced in their community: undocumented families, new immigrants, domestic workers, low-wage workers, seniors, and youth.
Asian American Coalition of Chicago
The Asian American Coalition of Chicago (AACC) unites all Asian Americans into a significant force for strengthening the Asian American Community in the United States; enriching Asian cultural values, and recognizing the importance of Asian American contributions to the American democracy and economy.
Japanese American Citizens League
The Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization whose ongoing mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry. The leaders and members of the JACL also work to promote cultural, educational and social values and preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community.
Chinese American Service League
CASL is the largest, most comprehensive social service agency in the Midwest dedicated to serving the needs of Chinese Americans. For 40 years, we have welcomed all who walk through our doors regardless of backgrounds, lifestyles, and needs: providing an educational and cultural foundation for our children; ensuring our seniors live full and independent lives with dignity; enhancing education and training for tomorrow’s workforce; strengthening families while honoring cultural heritage; and securing our community’s housing and financial well-being.
Vietnamese Association of Illinois
Founded in 1976, the Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that focuses on serving diverse communities of all ethnicities and religions, fostering unity, and promoting Vietnamese American identity.
AAPI Civic Engagement Fund
This is a really nice looking organization that does funding and advocacy. They even have a sub-fund called the Anti-Racism and Intersectional Justice Fund.
Movement Hub is a centralized platform created to amplify the on-the-ground activism and organizing within Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the country. We offer resources for and by AAPI community organizations to promote cross racial unity and civic participation for realizing systemic and structural change. This hub was built by the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge in collaboration with the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund.
The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) Provides mental health services in all 50 states for all in the AAPI community.
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