The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
The youth wing of FIA has been formed to create better leaders for the community and society.
This is a platform for the youth to learn from other members who are part of the larger FIA group, community leaders and other people in the same age-group.
100% of donation goes to FIA mission of providing toys, books and other gifts to less fortunate children. Not one donated dollar goes to pay for salaries or any other manpower costs.
The mission of the FIA Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys year around each year, and distribute those toys as gifts to less fortunate children in the community.
The primary goal of Toy Drive is to deliver - through collection of a new toy at different events such as Festival of Lights, Festival of Colors, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc. - a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
The objectives of Toys Drive are to help less fortunate children of our community experience the joy of festivals; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable resources-our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common year around toy collection and distribution compaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
The principal Toy Drive activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the local communities. Local Toys Drive Campaign Coordinators conduct other voluntary events designed to increase interest in toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations.
The FIA offers seminars and activities throughout the year. Services and programs include an integrated array of advocacy, health, nutrition, social services, sports and leisure activities.
Most programs are open to everyone without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender and mental or physical handicap. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life, promote independence, self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment among the older citizens.
FIA has been providing weekly free examinations and medicine to needy group of people of the community at the temple premises. Many practicing doctors donate their time and see the patients on a regular basis. This service helps many seniors as well as some community members who may not have regular insurance or who are not able to make payments.
Free legal advice regarding immigration, citizenship, inheritance and other issues are provided to seniors and other community people. The service is provided by licensed attorneys who donate their time for the welfare of people in need.
Free yoga classes are held on every Sunday morning from 7:00 am to 10:00 am. All community members are welcome. Many seniors and youth are regular participants in this activity.
Free yoga classes are also provided at seniors’ meetings on every Tuesday and Wednesday.
Aasra, or “shelter” in Hindi, was created in 1990 to provide culturally sensitive services to victims of domestic violence in the Asian Indian community. The mission of Aasra is to provide immediate support to battered women and children and to increase awareness in the Asian Indian community of the causes and effects of domestic violence on the whole family. Currently, the group meets these goals by hosting a 24-hour hotline that provides victims with immediate support, confidential information and service referrals in several Indian languages.
Aasra also conducts bi-annual public forums for the Asian Indian community to increase awareness of domestic violence.
The importance of a shelter is not only to create a safe haven for victims. It is also necessary to provide services such as peer counseling for battered women and their children and to refer them for legal and medical advice.
In addition, guidance is also needed for these victims to fill out paperwork for new green cards (in many cases, the abusive husband does not hand it over), to receive individual and group counseling in the appropriate language and to obtain proper job leads. Aasra volunteers sometimes provide interpretation assistance to victims and assist them in filling out forms and filing restraining orders.
Aasra is sponsored by the non-profit Federation of Indo-Americans (FIA).
The organization depends on volunteer support and donations for funding.