FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9/15/2010

CONTACT: John Park
2123445878, Ext:13
john.park@aafederation.org


Asian American Federation and Community Partners Celebrate Successful 2010 Census

NEW YORK—For Constitution Day, September 17, the Asian American Federation and their 39 community partners celebrate the successful collaborative campaign to encourage civic participation among all Asian Americans by participating in the 2010 Census. A recognition reception and ceremony will follow a day of discussion where community leaders discuss strategies to effectively outreach to Asian Americans, how to use census data to make informed decisions that impact the Asian American communities, and ways to continue and improve census participation through 2020.

The Asian American Federation’s Census 2010 Community Engagement Campaign, an $880,000 initiative, was made possible by funding from a private foundation and the New York State Department of State. Federation Executive Director, Cao O states that “the Federation’s Census 2010 Community Engagement Campaign provided an unprecedented level of funding support to grassroots organizations across the Asian community for census outreach and promotion in New York State, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Through our collective effort, we were able to increase the number of Asian Americans counted and help increase the participation rates for many neighborhoods where Asians live.”

EVENT: Asian American Federation’s Census Convening Reception / Awards Ceremony
DATE/TIME: Constitution Day, September 17, 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street, 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10022-1202
www.lhiconferencecenter.com
SPEAKERS: Cao O, Executive Director, Asian American Federation Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, Former NYS Secretary of State Ruth Naomí Colón, Acting NYS Secretary of State Peter Koo, Council Member, District 20
RSVP: RSVP to John Park at (212) 344-5878 x13 or at john.park@aafederation.org

Established in 1989, the Asian American Federation is a nonprofit umbrella organization of over 40 community service agencies. The Federation’s mission is to advance the civic voice and well-being of Asian Americans. Our areas of focus include health & human services, education, economic opportunity, civic participation, social justice, and strengthening community nonprofits.

####