UNITED SIKHSWinner of the Sikhs and Charities Award
November 04, 2011
21st Katik (Samvat 543 Nanakshahi)
Press Release
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UNITED SIKHS opens its Western Region Office in Fremont, California
Highlights:
  • UNITED SIKHS opens the Western Region office in Fremont, California to serve the Bay Area community, the first office in the United States for the west coast Sikh community that will handle : a) Advocacy, b) Humanitarian Aid, c) Community and Empowerment and Education 
  • Dignitaries at the ceremony included D. Paul Monteiro, Associate Director of Community Relations at White House, Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, Representatives from the offices of Congressman Mike Honda and Pete Stark and Mayors Jose Esteves,  Mark Green and Bob Wasserman of Milpitas, Union City and Fremont.
  • Delegates from Gurdwara Sahib Fremont, Sikh Gurdwara Sahib San Jose, El Sobrante Gurdwara Sahib, Gurdwara Sahib Milpitas,  Gurdwara Sahib Hayward and Stockton Gurdwara Sahib were in attendance.
  • The new office will facilitate coast to coast operations of the organization, ensuring the most efficient service to the community.

Fremont, CALIFORNIA: UNITED SIKHS celebrated the opening of its Regional Office in Fremont, CA. Established in 11 countries around the globe and now with coast to coast offices in the United States, in California and New York, the organization strives to continue to serve the minority communities in an efficient and productive manner.

At the opening ceremony on October 22, the organization introduced its work and vision to members of the Sikh American and Bay Area communities. A large gathering of about 300 people including elected officials, members of the civil and human rights advocacy, humanitarian and educational communities; govt officials from DOJ, the US State Attorney for Northern California,  the Community Relations Service (CRS) were present during the opening ceremony. D. Paul Montiero, Associate Director of Community Relations at White House was the Chief Guest. Jatinder Singh, Director of UNITED SIKHS, stated, “The center will serve as the primary institution in addressing the needs of the community in the Bay area.”

CA Office Opening
CA Office Opening
Audience members at the openingUNITED SIKHS Volunteers welcoming guests
CA Office
CA Office
D. Paul Monteiro, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement
Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California

“Whether it is mentoring young kids, whether it is feeding needy people, or helping other countries in natural disasters and whether it  is protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of all the people, UNITED SIKHS' work should be saluted”,  said Paul Monteiro,  Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement in his key note speech.
Northern District of California Hon. Melinda Haag congratulated the organization on opening its second office in the western region and extended an invitation to discuss any civil rights issues. “UNITED SIKHS played incredibly important role in building bonds with diversities” Ms. Haag added.

Congresswoman Chu, sent her best wishes and gave the organization a certificate of recognition.
CA Office
CA Office
Harpreet Singh, Melissa Haag, Paul Monteiro, Hardayal Singh, Sarabjit Kaur, and members of the Fremont Family Resource Center Harpreet Singh (UNITED SIKHS Advisor)
The center in Fremont offers education programs such as the After School Education Assistance Program, SAT tutoring for high school students, and the youth leadership program. Plans are in place for health programs such as screenings and education, as well as legal assistance programs. Kashmir Singh, Western Region Director UNITED SIKHS, reiterated that, "the office is envisioned to be a substantive resource for the community. UNITED SIKHS is currently looking for an attorney and a community organizer to enable seamless and smooth functioning of the organization. The office expects to handle discrimination law suits and will empower the community at large enabling Sikhs to integrate with the mainstream community."

Fremont City Mayor Bob Wasserman and Human Services Director, Suzanne Shenfil welcomed new office and announced the partnership of UNITED SIKHS office with family resource center.  Enthusiastic support from community and partner agencies is pertinent to make this office a success not only for the organization but to the regional communities as well.

Charanjit Singh said, "As Fremont is the center of the American Sikh population in the Bay area, it is the perfect location for the UNITED SIKHS West coast office."

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Email : contact@unitedsikhs.org
Phone : 510-999-7726 or 1-888-243-1690

Issued by:
Kashmir Singh
Director
510-999-7726
E: ceed-usa@unitedsikhs.org

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UNITED SIKHS is a UN-affiliated, international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy organization, aimed at empowering those in need, especially disadvantaged and minority communities across the world. Our work is primarily focused in 3 areas:

International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA): Protecting and enforcing the civil and human rights of minorities and marginalized groups in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Humanitarian Aid: Providing non-partisan global humanitarian relief services and rehabilitation help to the needy.

Community Empowerment and Education Division (CEED): With one Educare center functional in New York, Empowering individuals and groups to help them attain their full potential and become active participants in society. Education, training and community development projects. Encouraging people to participate in the decision-making processes in their local community as well as taking their place in the international arena

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Ordinarily only 10 percent of your donation is spent on admin costs.

OUR MISSION

To transform underprivileged and minority communities and individuals into informed and vibrant members of society through civic, educational and personal development programs, by fostering active participation in social and economic activity.

UNITED SIKHS is also an avenue for networking between like-minded organisations to establish and nurture meaningful projects and dialogues - whether social, cultural or political- to promote harmony, understanding and reciprocity in our villages, towns and cities.

UNITED SIKHS is a coalition of organisations and individuals, who share a common vision based on the belief that there is no greater endeavour than to serve, empower and uplift fellow beings. The core of our philosophy is an unwavering commitment to civic service and social progress on behalf of the common good.

Accordingly, UNITED SIKHS has sought to fulfil its mission not only by informing, educating and uplifting fellow beings but also by participating in cross-cultural and political exchanges to ensure that the promises and benefits of democracy are realized by all.

We at UNITED SIKHS believe that the development of enlightened and progressive societies can be made possible by socially conscious groups of people who make a commitment to develop and direct human potential. Our work, efforts and achievements stand as a testament to our faith in this vision.