AICS has set it's goals to fulfill the necessities in the under served population of the community. Our goal is to partner with the County, State and Federal government organs and Foundations, Charities or other like-minded organizations like Community Based and Faith Based Organizations to help address the barriers and hindered access to services and benefits.
The majority of the community based organizations in the Greater Washington DC region are focused on religion, political education, cultural, holistic, recreational and other matters. What was required was an organization whose principal vocation would be to help address the social determinants inclusive of health, mental health, welfare, vocational help, senior citizens affairs, and help to the local small business community
The Population We Help
A snapshot of the US Census Bureau's 2010 survey of the Asian population: The 2010 Census showed that the U.S. population on April 1, 2010, was 308.7 million, which is approximately an increase of 9.7% over the number on April 1, 2000. During the same period the growth of the Asian population has been about four times higher at 43% while the growth of the Asian Indian population has been 67.6%. The total Asians in the US is 17,320,856 of which the Asian Indians account for 3,183,063 which is the second highest with the Chinese being at the top. The Asian Indians are 9.1 of the US population. In the state of Maryland the Asian population is 318,853 of which 123,822 reside in Montgomery County which is again 13.1% of the county residents. The chart on the right details the Asian population in Montgomery County and shows that of the total Asians, Asian Indians comprise 24.3% (almost 30,000 Asian Indians) which is the highest among all Asian groups in the county followed by the Chinese. Overall, the County data shows a similar trend to that of the State of Maryland.
Asian Indians for Community Service, Inc. (AICS) was founded in 2004 by a group of like minded, focused, self-sacrificing individuals, dedicated and with an elevated sense of community service. We are pioneers and unique in the Asian Indian community.
Since inception AICS has partnered with Montgomery County, MD, the Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hospital, with other Asian organizations in the area, with local Community Based and Faith Based Organizations and have held several Health Fairs, Senior Citizens events, took the lead in enrollment in the Affordable Care Act at it's launching in 2013. Disease prevention campaigns like screenings for Cancer, blood screening for Hepatitis B, awareness and prevention of Lyme Disease are major goals in addition to mental health issues and Senior's needs. AICS successfully took the lead and lobbied and supported both the State of MD and Montgomery County to declare the month of May as the Lyme Disease Awareness and Prevention month. This was achieved through an overwhelming support received from several community groups of various ethnic backgrounds in the State and in Montgomery County.
With our activities expanding, a perpetual challenge is the continual necessity of larger number of volunteers. In the long term, overcoming this would be our important goal in order that the service being offered and the related work being done is carried on and developed further. The Asian Indians have one of the brightest and talented youth members in the Asian community. AICS would like to welcome more of them to take the lead.
Funding for the on going programs and for the future are areas of prime importance as this gives sustenance to our programs. In this area we have been blessed in the past as now we look forward to more charities, foundations, individuals and organizations to come forward and value our volunteer work and partner with us in more meaningful ways.