IN RECOGNITION OF THE ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY WESTERN REGION'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY-HON. ADAM B. SCHIFF (Extensions of Remarks - March 11, 2004)
HON. ADAM B. SCHIFF
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Armenian Relief Society Western Region as it celebrates its 20th anniversary of serving communities in the United States.
Founded in 1910, the Armenian Relief Society brought together the existing women's groups into a cohesive nationwide organization with the main goal of serving the needs of the victims of the Armenian genocide. As an independent non-government and nonsectarian organization, the Armenian Relief Society serves the social and educational needs of Armenian communities throughout the world, seeking to preserve the cultural identity of the Armenian nation as well as bringing humanitarian aid to all communities in distress-Armenian and non-Armenian alike.
In response to the growing needs of the communities, the ARSWR was established as a region in 1984. The 26 chapters of the Western Region have an extensive program of service to the community such as assisting newly arrived immigrants with clarification of legal matters, translation, preparation of documents, employment, distribution of food and other necessities and financial aid, serving over 50,000 clients annually. In an effort to enhance the education of the society's members and encourage their involvement in public service, the ARS sponsors many educational programs such as summer camps, Saturday schools, numerous scholarships, and cultural activities including lectures, concerts and art exhibitions. One of the most successful programs has been the "Sponsor a Child" program through which the Western Region currently sponsors over 1000 children.
The ARSWR has been able to meet and fulfill its challenges for 20 years because of a base of dedicated grassroots supporters, volunteers and donors. It is this partnership that has made such growth and impact possible and will continue to do so in the 21st century.
It is my distinct honor to recognize the Armenian Relief Society Western Region's innumerable accomplishments over the years. I ask all members to join me in congratulating ARS Western Region's 20 years of myriad of cultural and social contributions to all aspects of the community.