AccessCal Values its Volunteers

These amazing volunteers work diligently nonstop to support the AccessCal staff and mission. We can’t thank them enough for their time and efforts. Even though this month is National Volunteer Appreciation month, we value our volunteers every minute, day, week, and month of the year. Left to right: Suhad, Anesha, Muna, Kareem, Barbara, and Fedelia.

National Service Recognition Day

On Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service and on behalf of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the AccessCal AmeriCorps team received a proclamation from the Anaheim City Council designating April 7, 2015 as National Service Recognition Day. We are honored to serve our community and help improve the quality of life of citizens in this welcoming city.

AccessCal Determined to Getting New Americans Hired

Through Its Annual Job Fair, AccessCal Helps Link Local Employers to Diverse, Skilled New Americans

ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 7, 2015)Access California Services (AccessCal), a health and human services nonprofit organization that annually supports over 11,000 underserved New Americans, including recent refugees and immigrants, will hold its annual job fair at its facility located at 631 S. Brookhurst St., Suite 107 in Anaheim on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

“The AccessCal annual job fair is not just about helping refugee and immigrant community members secure jobs,” said AccessCal Founder and Executive Director Nahla Kayali. “This event ensures local cities and the county have another opportunity to become more welcoming to newcomers because it creates a positive means for engagement, and it links local employers with diverse and qualified talent. This generates greater integration and more contributions to this recovering economy and welcoming nation.”

Participating employers include: Anaheim Family YMCA, Ansar Gallery, Goodwill of Orange County, Hilton Worldwide, Interstate Hotels and Resorts, Mom 365, Orange County Conservation Corps, Pure Aqua, Inc., Resource Employment, and Richard Heath and Associates, Inc.

AccessCal offers community members employment support throughout the year with its employment coordinators who provide job search workshops, job training referrals, career counseling, resume building, mock interviewing, and access to a resource center equipped with computers, photocopiers, fax machines, and telephones.

About Access California Services

Founded in 1998, Access California Services (AccessCal) is a culturally and linguistically sensitive health and human services nonprofit organization, which provides social and economic services to local Arab- and Muslim-Americans, refugees, and immigrants; however, AccessCal is nonsectarian. Anyone who needs support in the community will receive it regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. In 2014, AccessCal served over 11,000 community members, providing close to 30,000 units of service. Services include: Vocational English training, case management and advocacy in 16 languages, citizenship and immigration services, employment and tax services, emergency financial assistance, educational services, healthcare access services, counseling and support, community service and civic engagement, refugee services, and refugee health assessments.


AccessCal Thrives Through Student Sucesses

We congratulate to our student Latifa Bakir for receiving her home daycare license! Latifa’s home childcare is now accepting new local children. This is another success story of one of our community members who attended AccessCal’s Child Dare Care Licensing course. This opportunity has empowered local women and enabled many like Latifa to start their own businesses. If you or someone you know has the potential to become the next success story, enroll in this course today. It meets Thursdays 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information or to register, please contact Samar Labanieh at

Team Commemorates the Cesar Chavez Legacy

On Cesar Chavez Day last year, our Executive Director Nahla Kayali was awarded the White House Champions of Change Award for her work and dedication through AccessCal serving immigrant communities. This year on Cesar Chavez Day (March 31), the fantastic AccessCal AmeriCorps team along with Nahla commemorated the legacy of Cesar Chavez by helping pack food for the needy at the OC Food Bank. Way to go team!

AccessCal Attends Arab-American Advocacy Week

AccessCal Program Director Hisham Zawil and AccessCal NNAAC Fellow Muna visited Washington DC today for the 7th Annual Arab American Advocacy Week hosted by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). They’re there to discuss domestic policy issues facing our communities. During the event, they also had the chance to meet with the Justice Department, Civil Rights Division to ask that crimes against Arabs and Muslims like the one in Chapel Hill be investigated as hate crimes.

Random Acts of Kindness Week

The team at AccessCal took part in Random Acts of Kindness Week‪#‎RAKWeek2015‬. Living our lives with such kindness daily only makes us better people and better humanitarians. What better good can we strive for! Go team AccessCal!

Socializing for English Learners Goes on Field Trip

The Socializing for English Learners class went on a field trip to CVS Pharmacy. In teams, they partook in a scavenger hunt to become familiar with the store while practicing new English vocabulary. Great job!

AccessCal Partners with CalOptima for Behavioral Health Forum

Thank you to CalOptima for partnering with Access California Services and the Refugee Forum of Orange County for this valuable behavioral health forum. Everyone benefitted in many ways, including learning about the importance of cultural competence in behavioral health services to refugees and immigrants.