Groups seeks to serve community, local FilipinosPublished 10:42am Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A new group is growing in numbers in Alexander City – one that many may have yet to hear about.
They call themselves the Filipino-American Association of Alexander City and Neighboring Counties or FAAACNC for short. The group inducted its officers this past Saturday at Carmen’s Rentals, with Mayor Charles Shaw presiding over the ceremony.
“We want the community to know that we exist,” said FAAACNC president Roche Flume Harris. “I know there are some Filipino-Americans out there that don’t even know we exist – we want them to know we are here to help them.”
Harris said the group has about 30 members from around the area.
“We call is FAAACNC because our members and officers don’t just live in Alexander City,” Harris said. “Some live in Clay County, Talladega, Sylacauga and Coosa County.”
Harris said that after seeing the success of a larger Filipino-American organization in Birmingham, they decided to form one of their own.
“The goals and mission of our organization is primarily to help members and the Filipino-Americans that live here,” Harris said. “We aim to help them financially, spiritually and emotionally. They feel like strangers because a lot of them are new to this place. What we do is go visit them, make them feel at home.”
Harris said some of the members of the group had been in the United States for decades, while some had been here only a few.
But the group isn’t just about helping its members. The group seeks to spread awareness of Filipino culture. Additionally, community and volunteer services chair Aman Burnette said FAAACNC has already began outreach here in the community, as well as internationally. Burnette said the group organized Project Bulig, which means “help.” With the help of Horseshoe Bend School and FAAACNC members, Project Bulig sent school supplies, shoes and other necessities to 337 students in the Philippines.
“At first I thought (Project Bulig) was going to be a one-time deal,” Burnette said. “When some of our friends saw it on Facebook, they started asking if we needed anything, and it started growing. We don’t only want to help the community – we want to help globally.”
The following individuals were inducted as FAAACNC officers Saturday: Roche Flume Harris, president; Keith Williams, vice president; Aurora Williams, secretary; Dale Wilson, treasurer; Thelma Mason, treasurer; Sherlita Stringer, P.R.O.; Tricia Corpuz, Junior Miss FAAACNC 2013. The following individuals were named committee chairs: Aman Burnette, community and volunteer services; Erwina Ennis, cultural awareness; Zellena Lozon, education; Joanne Craig, food and decoration; and Cora Haynes and Nike Tradio, recreation and sports. William Wilson was named to the board of directors.
To get involved or find out more about the organization, search FAAACNC on Facebook.