Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Name changed to Hindu American Seva Communities

Hindu American Seva Charities changes name to Hindu American Seva Communities
Community Building and Capacity Building efforts remain the same. Only the name has changed!

Washington, D.C. December 12, 2012.  Hindu American Seva Charities (HASC) is now Hindu American Seva Communities (HASC), an independently registered not-for-profit organization. The new name clearly reflects the vision of our organization: community development and capacity building through public, private and education partnerships.

The new name augments HASC’s mission, HASC is a progressive American organization advancing seva (community service), interfaith collaboration, pluralism, social justice and sustainable civic engagement to ignite grassroots social change and build healthy communities and coalitions while strengthening our places of worship.  Through education and policy changes it seeks to bridge the gap between US government and Hindu and Dharmic people and places of worship.

“America values the individual contribution and empowers its citizens to self-govern their communities at the local, state and national levels. Volunteerism and community service are an integral part of our national consciousness and the very backbone of our communal existence.  Values that resonate with Dharmic philosophy of self-reliance are part of our historical heritage; these values enabled Gandhi to win freedom in India” explained Anju Bhargava, HASC Founder.

Shekar Narasimhan, HASC founding Board member observed, “As a new immigrant community it is imperative we connect with America and develop infrastructure capacity to serve and address our social justice concerns. Through coalitions, HASC is working to make service and volunteering a defining part of Hindu and Dharmic American life.”

HASC’s key five focus areas are:
1.       Development of Seva Centers to provide services (eg Refugees, Military, health); promote National Days of Service
2.       Strengthening Security of Dharmic Places of Worship
3.       Development of Youth/Next Generation Seva Leaders and Women’s Empowerment
4.       Promoting Energy conservation, preserving the Environment, Eco-Dharma and Bhumi Seva
5.       Dharma and Social Justice education and advocacy

“Seva is an integral part of Hindu and Dharmic traditions and sadhana (practice), and it is transformative.  To achieve its mission, with an inside out approach, HASC seeks to mobilize communities through service at local and national levels to affect development and strengthen our Hindu American identity.” said Ved Chaudhary, HASC founding Board member.

“From its inception, HASC has worked to unite faith and secular communities in social equity projects and to strengthen the diaspora immigrant civic engagement of the New Americans, for the common good. Through these efforts HASC is pushing out boundaries for social justice and interfaith collaboration, connecting the community with government agencies and working to strengthen our places of worship, a public, private, education partnership!.“ Dr. Siva Subramanian, HASC founding Board member.

HASC thanks the community for its support from its formation in May 2009 to respond to President Obama’s Call to Serve.  Now, your generous donations will help continue the effort to develop programs to strengthen our community.

Donations for ongoing support and program development can be made through PayPal.

- You can Sponsor a specific program and Support Our Effort through your generous tax-deductible donation - 

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