A.B.C., P.O. Box 57250, Washington D.C. 20037-0250
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Community Inc. (A.B.C.)
Building Community Inc. (A.B.C.) serves as a nonprofit umbrella
(50lc3) organization to build community spirit, capacity, human
potential and an enriched quality of life by bringing together
ideas, energy, talents, experience and resources to create and
implement community initiatives and innovative programs. ABC
affiliated organizations include A Beautiful Community, Asian
Benevolent Corps, Conversationsnet and Friendship Archway
Community. ABC was established in 1963 and incorporated in New York
in 1964. It is headquartered in Washington D.C., U.S.A.
vision of A.B.C for the world is A Beautiful Community of allies and
friends of diverse backgrounds, sharing joy, friendship and
prosperity as a short and long run approach for human, economic and
community development to undo fear, misperceptions, suffering,
ignorance, poverty, hatred and negativity.
everyone to "appreciate, again again again™ "!
HIGHLIGHTS OF SOME OF A.B.C.'S
the past four decades
since 1963 (Not in any particular ranking order)
Appreciating what ABC volunteers
and supporters have achieved 1963 to present:
Friendships formed, nurtured and flowered all over
the world from Washington D.C. and New York to San Francisco,
Hawaii, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.
Anonymously helping many individuals and groups in
their time of need -- demonstrating how friends can be unselfish
angels helping others without seeking praise. Mentoring, coaching
and assisting many individuals in personal healing, support and
Contributing in many ways from vision to reality in
co-creating, building and publicizing Washington D.C.'s Friendship
Archway at H & 7th
Streets NW, D.C. Chinatown -- and co-creating
and co-organizing annual Friendship Archway Hall of Fame and
Community Awards since 1997 along with other community
organizations and co-sponsors.
Writing, editing, designing and publishing the
magazine for many decades -- especially contributing 10,000 copies
of the Official Commemorative Edition celebrating Washington's
Friendship Archway in November 1986. The magazine was distributed
Pioneering the first Chinese Arts Festival in New
York's Chinatown, and the first Asian Arts Festival in Montgomery
County, MD. Organizing many Asian arts exhibitions, cultural
programs and events including creating and maintaining Gallery
Amerasia at 2142 F Street NW, DC for more than a decade.
Being a creative incubator in giving birth to new
ideas, new programs and organizations, such as the Conversations
for Economic Development and Embassy Seminar Program which were
initiated by A.B.C. as an official part of the American
Bicentennial Celebration. These programs opened the doors of more
than 100 embassies and resulted in more than 500 seminars
(ambassadors' presentations, discussion, gourmet cuisine) with
C-SPAN TV broadcasting more than 30 of these events.
Celebrating the first anniversary of A.B.C's
Embassy Seminar Program with a first of its kind reception
in the Gold Room of the Rayburn House Office Building honoring the
30 plus ambassadors, senators, congressmen and university
presidents that A.B.C. brought together to serve on the A.B.C.
Advisory Council (1976 to present).
Sponsored numerous conferences, festivals,
workshops, youth development programs, Conversations for Economic
Development gatherings, ConversationsnetÔ
activities, embassy tours and other educational and cultural
events in many locations.
Advocating for a Chinatown in design and spirit as a
focal point for a truly international city that represents the
East as well as the West. Contributing to the Chinatown Design
Guidelines for the D.C. Comprehensive Plan and participating
monthly with Chinatown Steering Committee since its inception in
1980s; contributing Chinese design input and co-creating community
spaces such as the Community Hall on the first floor of the Wah
Luck House, at 6 & H Streets NW, Washington, D.C.
In the Wash. D.C. area since 1970s organized
numerous community initiatives, ranging from Leadership,
Networking, and ConversationsnetÔ
gatherings to research and development projects, study groups,
workshops, picnics, & Friendship Archway
Award and other programs.
following is a list of community services A.B.C. has accomplished
previously since 1963:
bank, skills bank
business and personal coaching
English language instruction
Vocational instruction and training
Counseling and assistance
Legal and other services
conferences, workshops on special issues and problems
of news and information of interest to Asian American community
of clothing, books and other items for needy persons
of useful references and publications
access for meetings, study groups, work or social activities
Volunteer employment opportunities with mentors
Part-time and full-time commission work opportunities
Opportunities to develop and obtain support for transformation
Assistance to self-employed persons and small businesses
and development of projects to address local needs, concerns
of pilot, demonstration or model projects
opportunity and advocacy programs
of needed community facilities, programs and services
arts instruction and training through classes and workshops
and group art exhibitions at Gallery Amerasia
community cultural events at various locations in the community
of artists and members of the general public interested in Asian
of visual and performing arts, Asian culinary arts, martial arts
composition, layout and other art services
and professional neighborhood arts services to artists and community
groups including publicity, planning, organizing, sponsorship of
accounting and legal matters
concerts, dances, theater presentation and special events
of artistic works and profiles
America special programs and events
Archway concept development and construction
Pioneering seminars on economic, cultural, political and foreign
policy topics held
at various embassies in Washington D.C.
dinners, and tours of participating embassies
in Embassy" tours
workshops, seminars, and publications of different aspects
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