National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and at CareOregon, we’re celebrating the strength and resiliency of this community.

Below is a list of some of the local AAPI partners we proudly support and/or partner with. If you are looking to support a cause or an organization in the AAPI community, or maybe you just want to learn more about these cultures, you can do so here.

APANO and APANO Communities United Fund - APANO unites Asians and Pacific Islanders to build power, develop leaders, and advance equity through organizing, advocacy, community development, and cultural work. https://www.apano.org/opportunities/  

Asian Health and Service Center (AHSC) - Asian Health and Service Center (AHSC) is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization that has served the Portland metro region since 1983. The mission of AHSC is to be the bridge between Asian and American culture and build a harmonious community. Our vision is to reduce health inequity and improve healthcare quality for all Asians. https://www.ahscpdx.org/about.html

Chinese Friendship Association - The Chinese Friendship Association of Portland is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to serving the Chinese community in the Portland area by enriching their personal and professional lives. http://www.portlandcfa.org/about.asp

Consulate General of the Federated States of Micronesia (Weno, Piis, Fono Association of Oregon) - Fan itan North Nomweneas region in OR and WA. We are a not-for-profit organization registered in Oregon seeking to serve our Northern Nomweneas region community and its citizens, and interest individuals living here in Oregon State and Washington State. https://www.facebook.com/Weno-Piis-and-Fonoton-Oregon-Association-1799525816945667/  

IRCO – Asian Family Center - Established in 1994, IRCO Pacific Islander and Asian Family Center (PIAFC) was the very first culturally and linguistically specific one stop community center focused on the diverse needs of Pacific Islanders and Asians. Guided by an advisory board and multilingual multicultural staff, PIAFC ensures that its services reflect our local Pacific Islander and Asian (PIA) cultures. PIAFC's mission is to provide and promote culturally relevant services to PIAFC families and to contribute rich cultural values and unique experiences that enhance the overall quality of community life. https://irco.org/who-we-are/asian-family-center.html

Islamic Social Services of Oregon State (ISOS) - ISOS collaborates with a network of non-profit organizations and community service groups to assist those facing periods of challenge in gaining self reliance through financial assistance and access to public assistance targeted to their needs and goals. http://www.i-sos.org/

Muslim Educational Trust (MET) - The Muslim Educational Trust (MET) was founded in 1993 with a mission to enrich the public’s understanding of Islam and dispel common myths and stereotypes, while serving the Muslim community’s educational, social, and spiritual needs in order to develop generations of proud and committed Muslims who will lead our community to the fore front of bridge building dialogue, faith-based community service, and stewardship of Earth and humanity. https://www.metpdx.org/index.php/about-us

New Year in the Park - New Year in the Park’s mission is to foster greater understanding and appreciation among various Southeast Asian and greater Portland communities. This celebration is the most important and largest traditional Southeast Asian cultural festival. It provides the opportunity to offer blessings and honor elders, monks, family, friends and the community. It gives Southeast Asian communities the chance to come together to celebrate and share their rich cultural heritage with the general public. https://www.newyearinthepark.com/about.html

Tonga Day Oregonhttps://www.facebook.com/TongaDayOregon/

Zomi Association of the U.S. - The mission of the Zomi Association USA is strengthen the Zomi immigrants and refugees through community development and advocacy for human rights. https://zomiusa.wordpress.com/about/

Zomi Catholic Community of Portland - The Zomi community in Portland is a predominantly Christian ethnic minority group from Myanmar, Bangladesh, and India. Intense religious persecution in Myanmar has caused the resettlement of many Catholic Zomi to Portland as refugees. https://www.catholiccharitiesoregon.org/zomi/