PAFC Connect - Spring 2018

Originally sent via PAFC Connect on 4/26/18 - by Krystle Canare

Dear Filipino and Filipino American Community of Metropolitan D.C,

On behalf of the Philippine American Foundation for Charities (PAFC), welcome to the first edition of the PAFC Connect!

With one month under our belts since our induction into office, the 2018 - 2019 PAFC Executive Officers and Board of Directors are excited to debut our monthly newsletter. It is our hope with PAFC Connect to capture and update you all on what's happening in the Filipino and Filipino American community in the Washington D.C. area. Before I begin, however, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank one of our most dedicated supporters, Maurese Oyteza Owens, PAFC Founder and past PAFC President and Public Relations Officer, for connecting us to you all, our growing 800+ community members.

This past month, PAFC solidified its lineup of 2018 events. The schedule includes long-standing events such as our annual festival to take place in October for Filipino American History Month, as well as the Jose Rizal Youth Awards and Paskong Pinoy that will take place in December. New to the stage include our upcoming Philippine Graduation Showcase with the Philippine Embassy on May 12, our Strengthening Intergenerational Ties in Immigrant Families program in the Fall, an ongoing internship program, and a forum on Mental Health in October.

Aside from our events, PAFC will dedicate this year to enhancing its online presence and connecting with community organizations and members to identify the needs of the 61,000 Filipinos and Filipino Americans located in the D.C metropolitan area. With over 100+ organizations serving the capital region, it is our mission to connect, collaborate, and uplift our shared interests to improve the livelihood of our fellow Filipinos and Filipino Americans. 

To our Filipino and Filipino American organizations, I hope that our united efforts improve the way we support the community this year. To our loyal PAFC members, I hope that PAFC's renewed vision and purpose reassure you of our continued drive to providing charitable services to the community. And to our new members, I hope that the 22-year history of PAFC and our commitment to championing the spirit of "bayanihan" (or community building) encourages you to get involved as a volunteer, a member, a committee chair, or even as a future PAFC leader. If not, I hope to learn more from you this year, and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

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Sincerely, Krystle Canare President, Philippine American Foundation for Charities

The newly-inducted 2018-2019 PAFC Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Read about the new leadership and our vision moving forward here.


May 12 - DC Philippine Graduation Showcase | 7:00PM @ George Washington University

PAFC is excited to host it's first Philippine Graduation Showcase for graduating seniors in the D.C metro area (high school, college, etc). Registration includes a Filipino flag stole and diploma to be presented by the Philippine Embassy and leaders in the Filipino American community.

Are you a community organization interested in joining the celebration or submitting an advertisement? E-mail PAFC's Vice President of Community Engagement, Min Yun, RSVP Here

WANTED: Updated Contact Information for Community Organizations

Calling all organizations serving the Filipino and Filipino American community in the D.C metro area! Please complete the following contact information survey - the compiled information will be used to:

  • Identify the needs of organizations which will inform future PAFC programs and initiatives.

  • Develop an interactive map featuring all Filipino and Filipino American organizations in the D.C metro area.

  • Refer resources to interested members. For ex. Graduates interested in joining professional organizations, or members requesting information on Filipino cuisine catering services.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation! Complete the Survey

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