APIA Vote-Michigan
APIA Vote-Michigan

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote-Michigan (APIA Vote-Michigan) will give the 2014 Advocacy Award to the Michigan chapter of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA-Michigan), it was announced.

Theresa Q. Tran, executive director of APIA Vote Michigan, said

the advocacy award is given to a community organization that champions advocacy efforts on behalf of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Michigan.

The award will be presented to NaFFA-Michigan at APIA Vote’s annual dinner which will be held on September 13 at the East Lake Chinese restaurant at 5087 Rochester Road, Troy.

Tran said, “We would like to recognize NaFFAA for the organization’s constant support and advocacy efforts, civic engagement, and community services especially in the arena cultural promotion, citizenship and naturalization and continuous support for immigration advocacy that benefit the whole APIA community.”

In a communication sent to Willie Dechavz, NaFFAA-Michigan chairperson, Trans also stated, “APIAVote-Michigan truly appreciates your partnership over the years and the support you exhibit for the APIA community in Michigan. NaFFAA has been a valuable partner, and we hope to celebrate you and continue building and growing together.”

The various civic activities of NaFFAA-Michigan which serve as basis for the award are the following:

  • Hosting of citizenship and naturalization workshops in cooperation with MIRC for two years in a row;
  • Hosting of oath taking ceremonies in cooperation with the US Immigration and Naturalization Service for three years in a row;
  • Conducted media workshop for community leaders in cooperation with members of the Asian American Journalists Association;
  • Co-sponsor of MAPAAC Asian Heritage Day in Lansing for several years now;
  • Conducted a town hall meeting on the temporary protected status (TPS) for Filipinos in the US;
  • Co-sponsor of “Walk of Warmth for the Needy”;
  • Donated warm blankets through the World Medical Relief for the homeless
  • Supported turkey baskets project for the needy in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day;
  • Donated $6,000 for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines;
  • Donated 23 houses (worth $23,000) for poor families in the Philippines;
  • In 2011, it recognized 12 Outstanding Young Asian Americans in Michigan” during a dinner banquet;
  • In 2010, it sponsored the Hall of Fame awards in recognition of the outstanding achievement of 10 Asian American leaders in Michigan;
  • It participated in the Apia Vote’s Rising Voices Revealing Truth event at PACCM;
  • It actively participated in APIA Vote’s “know your candidates forum” and it also held its own “ know your candidates” event.
  • NAFFAA helped in registering Filipino-American  voters in Michigan
  • It held a “get out and vote telethon” reaching moré than 500  families in the last presidential election;
  • It actively participated in the 2010 US census;
  • It has supported APIA Vote Annual Dinner by providing performers and helping ticket sales and solicitation of ads.


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