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23 August 2014

  • Don't Let Hepatitis B Win!


    Some of the highest rates of Hepatitis B infection are in Asia. Thus, many Asian immigrants to the United States, including Filipino immigrants are disproportionately affected by the Hepatitis B virus. In 2014, AFIRE will be doing education, outreach, and screening for Hepatitis B. For more information contact Michael at (773) 580-1025.

  • Healthy Heart Healthy Family

    As part of the Healthy Heart Healthy Family (HHHF) campaign, Sally Richmond educated a group of motivated Filipinos about cardiovascular health. In October 2013, thirteen Filipinos graduated the curriculum and became Community Health Workers. The next phase of the campaign begins this month as the new graduates go forth and educate the rest of the Filipino community. The HHHF campaign is being sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. To get involved contact Sally at (773) 580-1025

  • Kampanya Kalusugan Elston Ave UMC 3.29.14 500

     Health and Wellness Campaign

    On March 29th and April 12th the Kampanya para sa Kalusugan (Health and Wellness Campaign) met to continue raising awareness about the urgent health needs in the Filipino community. The group is comprised of community members from Bride of Christ Church, Edison Park United Methodist Church, Elston Avenue United Methodist Church, and Philippine American Ecumenical Church. Additionally, the group includes health advocates from the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), DIWA, and Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC).

    Photo Caption: Meeting on March 29th at Elston Avenue United Methodist Church L-R: Jerry Clarito, Pastor Bert Villaluz, Pastor Victor Melad, Jr., Joy Del Carmen, Pastor Hannah Kardon, Missy Yabes, JP Jael, Bishop Eliezer Pascua, Atty. Michael Aguhar, and Eric Datu.

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    AFIRE's Board Chair, J.R. Basa, starts CrowdRise fundraiser

    Under the campaign, "Every Filipino Counts", newly elected Board Chair, J.R. Basa starts CrowdRise Fundraiser.

    J.R. says, "I am running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2014 to raise funds and awareness for the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE). Our mission is to build the capacity of the Filipino American community to effect transformative social change through grassroots education, action, research, and services."

    Please join the campaign by going to "Every Filipino Counts" website.

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     "Rock the Balut! Walk" for fun and community empowerment

    In cooperation with the Filipino American Network (FAN), AFIRE will hold its Rock the Balut! (RTB) 5K Walk fundraiser at LaBagh Woods and its 3rd Annual Art of Eating Balut contest during the September 27th Adobofest celebration.  The RTB 5K Walk which is powered by FrogHops Sports Unlimited will begin with Zumba dance exercise and registration at 8:00am to 8:45 am. Participants are asked to donate $20 registration fee which will include a free t-shirt. The RTB! 5K Walk will start at 9:00 a.m. After the Walk the participants can join the Adobofest celebration at 11:00 am. Later in the afternoon, AFIRE will hold the fun-filled and exciting "Art of Eating Balut" contest.

    "The goal of this RTB! 5K Walk is to raise awareness about physical activity as an important part of maintaining one's overall health condition. We are expanding the meaning of "Rock the Balut! (RTB)" slogan to include the promotion of healthy living while engaging the community to civic participation through citizenship, voter registration, and voting," said Jerry Clarito, AFIRE executive director. "The proceeds of the fundraiser will help support AFIRE's citizenship, immigration, and health education services being provided to the community."

    Please go to Donate Page  to pay your registration fee. Please call 773-580-1025 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to sponsor the walk.


  • VolunteerPhoto Apply now for new volunteer opportunities.

    "I've always wanted to contribute to the Filipino community in Chicago, and this was a great opportunity to do so."

    - Stacy Delvo, New American Initiative Volunteer

    AFIRE's achievements could not have been possible without the positive contributions made by volunteers from diverse generations and all walks of life. They help us learn about, as well as to listen and respond to, the needs of our community. They help us to further our commitment to our community's dreams and aspirations, to become part of a vibrant, diverse society forward. 

    AFIRE's volunteer experience offers dedicated individuals the chance to meet a group of like-minded individuals, as well as opportunities to become agents of change and help further the organization's goals and vision to new levels each year.  The experience is based on the concept of "ABKD," the first four letters of the Filipino alphabet - which begins the journey of words and thoughts into pursuit of social justice: Action through Bayanihan (personal service to the good of the community), Kapitbahayan (neighborly concern), and Damayan (to help each other).  

    If you are interested in sharing your time and skills, or would like to learn more about immigration advocacy and related issues please apply now. AFIRE's volunteer programs offers a variety of oportunities that fit your interests, and can provide you with firsthand experience.  Our program schedule also makes it easy to volunteer during the weekday(s), weekends, and in the evening. 

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