SBCAE Immigrant Integration Goal

8. Civic & Community

Participation in Civic and Community Life is critical to an individual’s integration into society. Civic integration is a two-way process involving learning and adaptation by both immigrant communities and receiving communities. Broadening an understanding of diverse perspectives and cultural resources ultimately strengthens both the immigrant and receiving communities, and increases the entire community’s capacity to adapt and respond to a changing global environment.

The resources listed below are organizations and other information in support of this goal.

DEMOGRAPHICS - A lot is riding on the 2020 census. We’d better get it right
1/3/20 In about three months, the federal government will begin gathering data for the census, the enormously complicated national survey required every 10 years by Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution. It’s a daunting task to count every person living in a nation as large as ours, and after months of roiling controversies over the inclusion of a question about citizenship, foot-dragging by congressional budgeters and the cancellation of crucial field tests, it can only be hoped that the Census Bureau will get the count right. In fact, it must, because an awful lot is riding on it.
DISASTER - American Red Cross - Silicon Valley Chapter (ARC-SV)
Classes in disaster preparedness and response, health and safety, first aid, and childcare. Emergency assistance for victims of home fires and natural disasters. Fire prevention and community education programs. International Services - Family Reunification. San Jose office serves Santa Clara County. Key Words: RIF
EDUCATION - Atzlan Academy
The Academy engages scholars, writers, artists, philosophers and folklorists to enlighten its membership while it sustains some of the oldest cultural traditions in this continent. The Academy's activities are geared to create and express the Mexican/Chicano social experience inspiring young children, entertaining the public, offering performing opportunities, and exploring venues to preserve the local MESTIZO artistic heritage. It is also involved in social issues that affect our communities. Key Words: ALLIES8
EDUCATION - Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program
Each year the Chicana Latina Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to Latina college students, valued at $1,500 dollars each. Recipients must have lived for at least 2 years in one of these Bay Area Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma or Yolo. Recipients must commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute twice and volunteering 10 hours for CLF after being selected. Key Words: University, College, Higher Education, Financial Aid, ALLIES5, ALLIES8
EDUCATION - Teach Tolerance
COVID-19 Update: Some excellent tools can be found in SUPPORTING STUDENTS THROUGH CORONAVIRUS
The Teaching Tolerance blog is a place where educators who care about diversity, equity and justice can find resources, news, suggestions, conversation and support. Key Words: School, Children, Teacher Resource, Cultural Competence, ALLIES8
Facebook Says It Will Fight Disinformation About the 2020 Census
12/19 The 2020 Census will be the first census to take place in the height of the social media age, and this is why everyone is so worried. The Bureau has launched this site answering frequently asked questions like "do non-citizens get counted?", and there's an email hotline set up for reporting falsehoods and rumors about the census: The government-led population count is a driver for myriad allocations in government programs, for allocation of congressional representation, as well as for private companies' marketing strategies and a million other aspects of American political and economic life. And since its beginnings, it has inspired distrust in certain corners of the country — something that the conspiracy-theory-prone are guaranteed to latch onto as census forms and census takers begin fanning out around the country in the first quarter of next year. Key Words: ALLIES8
Frequently Asked Questions on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Economic, social and cultural rights are those human rights relating to the workplace, social security, family life, participation in cultural life, and access to housing, food, water, health care and education. Dispelling the myths specifically surrounding economic, social and cultural rights is crucial to dismantling unworkable categorizations of rights as we move towards a human rights agenda that treats civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights as truly universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. Keu Words: Human Rights, International, ALLIES8
IMMIGRANT - American Muslim Voice
The AMV Foundation is committed to connect people from all walks of life. Through education and social interaction we will erase our fears and will joyously accept each other so we can celebrate our diversity. Multi-language: Pakistani Based in San Jose, CA
IMMIGRANT - Payvand Iranian Community
A local 501C-3, non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization. Our mission is to integrate and empower the Iranian-American community by promoting arts and culture in the Bay Area. We bring educational services, scholarships and various cultural activities to the community. Serving: Santa Clara County, Persian, Youth, Iranian Federated Women's Club Key Words: Financial Aid Multi-language: Farsi
IMMIGRANTS - US Immigration History Booklet
In 2019, the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) worked with the CA History Center & Foundation to create a timeline of immigration history in the US. Immigration history in the U.S. is saturated with movements and practices that expand the definition of democracy and to apply that "all are created equal" to a broader community. On the banner and within this booklet, various forms of community resistance can be seen through the celebration of heritage months, the rise of the United Farm Workers (UFW), marches to defend immigrant rights, the creation of the Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network (SCC RRN), and so much more. Key Words: ALLIES8
LEGAL - Services, Immigration Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
SIREN provides free and sliding scale citizenship, legalization and advocacy services to the immigrant community in Santa Clara County, CA. General Phone (408) 453-3003. Immigrant Q&A Line: English & Spanish: (408) 453-3017, English & Vietnamese: (408) 453-3013 Bay Area BIA Accredited Non-Profit Multi-language, Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration Key Words: Know Your Rights (KYR), DACA, VAWA, ALLIES3
MEDIA - Silicon Valley Asian American Voices
Voices is a multimedia project that facilitates education and advocacy on policy issues that impact Asian American immigrants. Sponsored by Asian Law Alliance Key Words: ALLIES8, API
Mexican Heritage Plaza School of Arts and Culture
Offers quarterly after school and summer sessions in visual and performing arts, and provides a multi-cultural and inter-cultural venue for community events and programs that embrace all cultures, while exploring the artistic traditions, cultural history, and contemporary creative expression of Mexican Arts. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Latino, folklorico, San Jose, SCC
PACT-San Jose
PACT's mission is to empower everyday people to create a more healthy and just society by winning victories for the community - not by speaking for them, but by teaching people how to speak up and take action in the public arena through grass roots organizing. PACT represents more than 50,000 people through it's member organizations: PACT is an affiliate of the PICO National Network, one of the largest grassroots community organizations in the US, representing more than 1,000 religious congregations, schools, and neighborhood institutions and 1,000,000 families in 150 cities and towns. Key Words: Collaboration Multi-lingual: Spanish
RESOURCE - Asian Immigrant Women's Advocates (AIWA)
AIWA's mission is to empower low-income, limited English speaking Asian immigrant women workers to stimulate positive changes in their workplaces, communities and broader society. AIWA works with women workers employed in the garment, hotel, restaurant, electronics assembly and other low-wage industries in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose, Santa Clara County. Key Words: ALLIES8, Workers' Rights, Employment, API, SCC Multi-language:
RESOURCE - Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center
Our mission is to provide a broad array of opportunities and programs, and a spirit of community that celebrates the many facets of our constituency. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of all ages and backgrounds find resources and support services that are not available elsewhere, including: Library, Free Cyber Center, Art Exhibits, Social Events, HIV Testing, Counseling and weekly Spanish AA meetings. Key Words: Mental Health, Social @billydefrank Key Words: SCC, ALLIES8
RESOURCE - Grail Family Services
GFS fosters learning and the empowerment of vulnerable East San Jose families with young children through programs that educate, develop leadership skills, and build a sense of community. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Networking, Cooperative, Parenting, Literacy, Advocacy Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIES8
RESOURCE - India Community Center (ICC)
3/20 COVID-19 Update - The facilities are currently closed and will re-open for group gatherings when they are able to assure the health of all members.
ICC has facilities in both Santa Clara and Milpitas. Information & Referral (both Indian and mainstream), free legal clinic, free medical clinic, free ayurveda clinic, free behavioral health clinic. Activities for children, teens, adults, and seniors in the Indian Community. Multi-language: Hindi, Gujarati Key Words: Ethnic, cultural competence, social, mental health ALLIES7, ALLIES8, Food
RESOURCE - LUNA (Latinos United for A New America)
LUNA was created in order to significantly improve the quality of life of Latino families (especially non-English speaking immigrants) and the future of Latino children. Our vision is to create a world where all Latinos can live dignified lives, full of opportunity and free of poverty, persecution and racism. Key Words: ALLIES8
RESOURCE - Lead Filipino
We are a community organization of students, adults, and families based in San Jose, CA. We design and provide programs that educate Filipinos/as on civic leadership, public interest issues, and our ethnic history in the United States. From our signature Annual Fly Pinays Leadership Summit, to our 8-week summer Awareness in Action Program (AAP), and a variety of partnerships in key advocacy campaigns, LEAD Filipino aims to increase the visibility of Filipinos/as in public leadership across communities. Multi-language: Tagalog, Key Words: ALLIES8
RESOURCE - MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
An inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation. Ethnic, Multi-language: Mexican, Spanish, Key Words: ALLIES8
RESOURCE - Muslim Community Association (MCA)
In addition to being open for prayers five times a day, MCA provides several social services, Career Services, Legal Clinics, Medical Clinics, Weekend Islamic School programs, Dawah, Family counseling, Youth and Women's services, Visiting scholars, etc. Multi-language Key Words: Islam, FBO
RESOURCE - PARS Equality Center
COVID-19 Update: Pars Equality Center (PARS) is closed to the public until further notice, but continues to serve the community by offering remote immigration services including: *phone or videoconference; *reviewing documents electronically; and *filing cases online Please do not hesitate to contact our Immigration Services by calling 408-261-6405 (San Jose Office) or emailing You will be given instructions within 24-48 business hours to secure a consultation.
PARS Services: immigration legal services, social services, tax preparation, job placement, employment and professional career networking, housing, advocacy, ESL and citizenship classes Key Words: Iranian, Persian, refugees, asylees, Member of SCC Refugee and Immigrant Forum (RIF) Multi-Language: Armenian, Assyrian, English, Farsi, French, Spanish Key Words: Allies2, Allies8, RIF
RESOURCE - Somos Mayfair
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Providing direct services to the community and organizing residents to take collective action. Program areas: Engaging the community in dialogue: Using popular theater, supporting families to meet basic needs: Promotores (community educators) work with over 200 Mayfair families each year. We nurture a shared community identity and support collective action to impact policies and build power. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Latino, Latinx, SCC, Immigrant Integration, ALLIES7, ALLIES8
RESOURCE - South Bay First Thursdays (SBFT)
SBFT is a volunteer-run organization that holds events on every first Thursday of the month to discuss topics relevant to the Asian-Pacific Islander (API) community. SBFT exists to inspire and educate the public about API contemporary issues and culture through networking, dialogue, and community building. SBFT is program of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Santa Clara County's largest community-based organization focused on the Asian community. Key Words: Ongoing event, ALLIES8
RESOURCE - South Bay Islamic Association
In addition to prayers, SBIA provides Islamic School programs, Homeless Feeding, Islamic Funeral services, Family Night, and more. Key Words: ALLIES8
RESOURCE - Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation, Inc. (VIVO)
COVID-19 Update: Coronavirus emergency relief information in Vietnamese
VIVO is a nonprofit, community-based organization providing services to over 100,000 residents in Santa Clara and San Joaquin counties in Northern California. Our bilingual/bi-cultural services include: Senior Program, Youth & Family Programs, Health Education, English-as-a-Second Language, Computer Skills Training, Employment Placement, Citizenship Classes, Community Advocacy and more. Key Words: ESL, Asian, CBO, , API Offices in San Jose and Stockton, CA Multi-Language: Vietnamese
Silicon Valley’s Asian community mobilizing for 2020 Census, civic engagement issues
6/18/19 With the theme “Stepping Up to 2020,” hundreds of community members attended the 2019 Silicon Valley Asian American & Pacific Islander Civic Leadership Summit held June 8, at Santa Clara County Office of Education in San Jose, California. Several Silicon Valley community-based organizations, public officials, activists, legislative staff, faculty members and students discussed civic engagement, and the challenges and issues affecting the Asian community in the U.S., with a major focus on issues with the 2020 Census and the importance of engaging the community in voter registration. Key Words: ALLIES8, SCC, Demographics, Civic Engagement, API
VOLUNTEER - 2nd Harvest Food Bank Volunteer Application
COVID-19 update: At this time we do not recommend that seniors (65+) or anyone with a chronic health condition volunteer. We need people like you. People who know that while we all come from diverse backgrounds, we’re all one community. Together we can make sure everyone has the nutritious food they need to thrive. We have a number of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of five or more people. Key Words: ALLIES8
VOTING - California Online Voter Registration
The deadline to register or re-register to vote for any election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before that election. If you submit an application after this time, your application will still be processed for future elections. To register online you will need: *Your CA driver license or CA identification card number * the last four digits of your social security number * your date of birth. If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote by completing the online interview. Multi-langage: | Spanish | Chinese | Korean | Hindi | Tagalog | |Vietnamese | |Japanese | Khmer | Thai | Key Words: ALLIES8
VOTING - Mi Familia Vota
Mi Familia Vota is a national 501(c)(4) civic engagement organization that advocates on social and economic issues that impact the Latino community, from immigration to workers rights. Since our founding, Mi Familia Vota has integrated local organizing, leadership development, advocacy and building broad community partnerships with our voter engagement work; focusing on local,state and federal elections. Comprehensive immigration reform, education, healthcare, workers' rights, climate change and the environment, and voter rights have been the core issues at the heart of our work, locally and nationally. Offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: ALLIES8
VOTING - National Voter Registration
Official U.S. Government Online Voter Registration site. Key Words: ALLIES8
VOTING - SCC Voter's Choice Act
Starting with the Presidential Primary on 3/20/20, the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is modernizing voting and providing voters with greater flexibility and convenience. Some of the Changes: *Every registered voter will receive a Vote By Mail ballot starting 29 days before Election Day *Voters can vote at any of the Vote Centers in Santa Clara County *Approximately 25 Vote Centers will open for 11 days including Election Day and approximately 100 Vote Centers will be open for 4 days including Election Day for a total of 125 Vote Centers throughout the County on Election Day Multi-language: Chinese | Spanish | Vietnamese | Tagalog | Key Words: ALLIES8,
Easy-to-use election tools for Santa Clara County voters. Find your polling place, see what contests are on your ballot, and read about the candidates and measures to help you make an informed decision at the polls. Also, check to see if you are registered to vote and track your Vote by Mail ballot. Take control of your voting experience and make your voice heard on Election Day. Key Word: Election Key Words: ALLIES8
VOTING - Smart Voter
Smart Voter is one of the most comprehensive and reliable sources of unbiased information for voters on the Web. The service is made available to the public through partnerships with the League of Women Voters and election officials of various states and local communities around the US? Smart Voter's technology and central operations are managed by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, a non-partisan nonprofit organization. Key Words: ALLIES8
VOTING - Voto Latino
Voto Latino is a pioneering civic media organization that seeks to transform America by recognizing Latinos innate leadership. Register to vote on site and also receive e-mail alerts with elections dates. We provide culturally relevant programs that engage, educate and empower Latinos to be agents of change. Together, we aim to build a stronger and more inclusive democracy. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Vote, voting, : ALLIES8
What You Need To Know About The 2020 Census
4/1/19 The federal government is getting ready to ask some personal questions for the 2020 census. By next April 1, the Census Bureau plans to send a letter or a door knocker to every U.S. household. It's part of a once-a-decade tradition of counting every person living in the U.S. Key Words: Demographics, ALLIES8
Working Partnerships USA
Working Partnerships USA is a community organization that drives the movement for a just economy by bringing together public policy innovation and the power of grassroots organizing. We build the capacity of workers, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color to lead and govern. Based in Silicon Valley, we tackle the root causes of inequality and poverty by leading collaborative campaigns for quality jobs, healthy communities, equitable growth and vibrant democracy. Key Word: Interfaith, Leadership Institute, Health Care, ALLIES8
RESOURCE - Sunnyvale Community Services
COVID-19 Update: Open for business - Food distribution, processing applications for rental assistance, financial aid and other resources. Check website for updates. Immigrant friendly. Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Russian
Services including food and one time financial assistance includes help with rent, rental deposits, utility bills, medically-related bills, bus passes, gas vouchers and pass-through direct assistance. Also enrollment assistance in MediCal, CalFresh, and other benefits. As part of a realignment of zip codes for the Emergency Assistance Network (EAN) of agencies in Santa Clara County, Sunnyvale Community Services is now serving low-income residents of the Alviso neighborhood of San Jose.
VOLUNTEER - Californians for All Volunteer Match
5/27/20 Governor's CA Volunteers office has launched a partnership with VolunteerMatch to create a volunteer engagement platform. This will make it easier for any Californian to volunteer, whether at home to help a neighbor, volunteering for an hour or dedicating a year to service to help their communities. It offers a variety of service options from activities you can do at home or with local organizations. It will provide more than 10,000 volunteer engagement opportunities in CA. Share how you are helping your community with stories, videos and photos using the hashtag #CaliforniansForAll on social media or e-mail us at Key Words: ALLIES8,COVID-19, Coronavirus