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Tuyet Ngo, Vietnamese Association of Illinois
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Tuyet Ngo, Chief Executive Officer of the Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI), discusses the importance of counting the immigrant and refugee communities in the greater Chicagoland area and across the state for Census 2020, especially under the current federal administration. Founded in 1976, the Vietnamese Association of Illinois is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that focuses on serving diverse communities of all ethnicities and religions, fostering unity, and promoting Vietnamese American identity. Since its founding, VAI has served thousands of Vietnamese Americans and other ethnic communities through facilitating resettlement and citizenship, building community, seeking employment, addressing healthcare issues, raising political awareness, providing educational opportunities, addressing multi-generational issues for seniors and youth, establishing and expanding businesses, and strengthening cultural heritage. Our impact began in the Uptown neighborhood and the northside of Chicago, then expanded to DuPage County via our satellite office in 2016. The purpose of VAI reflects our Community and Service mission:
To promote, support, and develop various cultural, social, and educational programs to serve Vietnamese Americans and other ethnic groups in Illinois.
To help generate the mutual assistance spirit among Vietnamese ethnic group members.
To foster closer relationships with various Vietnamese organizations in a common effort to serve the needs of Vietnamese Americans in the state of Illinois.
To strengthen and perpetuate the unity and solidarity of the Vietnamese Americans residing in the state of Illinois.
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