The Philippines Culture Community Center

The Philippines Culture Community Center

The Philippines Cultural Community Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization. It is independently operated and founded by Marife Callender and Philip Smith. Cristina Miranda serves as the Executive Director and Douglas Swain as Chief Administrator. Our vision is to unify the Filipino Community in Indiana through culture and to assist

The Philippines Culture Community Center

The Philippines Cultural Community Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization. It is independently operated and founded by Marife Callender and Philip Smith. Cristina Miranda serves as the Executive Director and Douglas Swain as Chief Administrator. Our vision is to unify the Filipino Community in Indiana through culture and to assist the Fil-Am Community / Associations with their basic needs. Our mission is to educate and inspire individuals to self-discovery, serve the Filipino American Community and promote the culture and heritage of the Philippine Islands.

About the Organization:

The Philippines Cultural Community Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization. It is independently operated and founded by Marife Callender and Philip Smith. Cristina Miranda serves as the Executive Director and Douglas Swain as Chief Administrator. Our vision is to unify the Filipino Community in Indiana through culture and to assist the Fil-Am Community / Associations with their basic needs. Our mission is to educate and inspire individuals to self-discovery, serve the Filipino American Community and promote the culture and heritage of the Philippine Islands.

organizational budget

$50,000 - $100,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Michigan • New York

organizational budget

$50,000 - $100,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Michigan • New York

The Issue:

We are looking to expand our cultural art and social programs within the Community. However in order to do that we need assistance in upgrading our Resource Room with computers, study material, office supplies white board and a television. The cost to get the office supplies and the adequate items to upgrade the Resource Room would be around $50,000-$75,000. Inside the Resource Room we will be offering Career Building Workshops, Immigration Services, Behavior Health, Pathway to US Citizenship Classes, Asian Art Classes, Language Class and others. Majority of our Workshop and Classes are low costs or free. The need is there within the community as the Asian American Community is growing from the last Census 2020 states. The Philippines Cultural Community Center is there to assist any and all individuals that need aid in social programs and cultural educational programs. We do have individuals of the Asian American Community contact the Center that have food and housing insecurities. https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2021/11/19/indianapolis-hunger-food-insecurity-hungry-25-residents-food-insecure-study-finds-marion-county/8666059002/ We have face some racial and prejudice from the local community. We offer multiple cultural programs that the public are welcome to attend and participate in. https://www.indystar.com/story/news/local/indianapolis/2021/07/14/filipinos-indiana-philippines-cultural-community-center-opens/7771717002/ Indianapolis was a place that had a MASS SHOOTING that effected the AAPI Community. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/a-year-after-atlanta-and-indianapolis-shootings-targeting-asian-americans-activists-say-we-cant-lose-momentum

The Solution:

Our Solution is that the Resource Center will be fully operational we can start have additional classes and programs that can address our Community's needs and local Community's needs. We can have running computers, office supplies, teachers that are able to come in and give free tutoring sessions and legal advice. We would have social programs every weekend to meet the increasing demand for housing assistance and career building (resume building). We can have teachers, tutors and mentors come in and help us expand our programs for our community. We can bridge the gap and raise the bar so that the AAPI Community is not invisible as we are overlooked and underserved in Indiana.

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