Community Empowerment and Education – UNITED SIKHS Blog Recognize The Human Race As One Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:31:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 UNITED SIKHS Joins Elected Officials to Commemorate Illinois House Resolution 1193, Denouncing Hate Crimes Against Sikh Americans and Other Minorities Sat, 22 Dec 2012 03:46:40 +0000 Palatine, Illinois: On Sunday, December 16th, UNITED SIKHS joined the South Asian and Sikh community at Palatine Gurdwara to commemorate the passing of House Resolution 1193 (HR 1193). This Resolution denounces the deplorable attacks on Sikh Americans and denounces hate crimes and hateful political rhetoric.

UNITED SIKHS worked with South Asian Policy and Research Institute (SAAPRI), Council on American-Islamic Relations Chicago (CAIR-Chicago) and the Sikh Religious Society of Chicago (Palatine Gurdwara Management Committee) in drafting the language and advocating for this resolution. “We hope the resolution will provide an agenda for even more specific laws for the future,” said Ami Gandhi, Executive Director at SAAPRI.

Rep. Biss (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)

Rep. Biss speaking to Palatine Gurdwara Sangat (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)

Ald. Pawar, Greg Bales, Rep. Biss and Sen. Murphy (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)

Ald. Pawar, Greg Bales, Rep. Biss and Sen. Murphy (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)

Rep. Mussman (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)

Rep. Mussman  speaking to Palatine Gurdwara Sangat (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)








Palatine Gurdwara President Sukhdev Kaur began the commemoration by observing a moment of silence for the victims of the Newtown Connecticut shooting and making a request that the congregation pray for the families of the victims. Among the elected officials who made remarks at the commemoration and the press conference that followed were Senator Matt Murphy (27th District), Rep. Daniel Biss (17th District), Rep. Michelle Mussman (56th District), Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th Ward) and Greg Bales from US Senator Dick Durbin’s office.

Ald. Pawar, Sen. Murphy, Rep. Biss and Rep. Mussman (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)

Ald. Pawar, Sen. Murphy, Rep. Biss and Rep. Mussman (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)

Ekta Kaur, Ald. Pawar, Vikram Singh, Amrith Kaur, Rep. Biss, Sukhdev Kaur and Sen. Murphy (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)

Ekta Kaur, Ald. Pawar, Vikram Singh, Amrith Kaur, Rep. Biss, Sukhdev Kaur and Sen. Murphy (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)

Community at Press Conference (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)

Community at Press Conference (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)









“We are excited to work with our state legislators, faith-based groups, and policy organizations to promote tolerance and counter bigotry,” said Rabya Khan, Staff Attorney at CAIR-Chicago. “This resolution is a first step in acknowledging that there is a greater need to educate the greater Illinois community on Sikh Americans and other minorities,” said Ekta Kaur, Regional Director of UNITED SIKHS. She added “Our community and the Illinois government must work together to create further programs to help prevent hate crimes and uphold our civil rights.”

Shiva Singh, Ald. Pawar, Sen. Murphy, Vikram Singh and Rep. Biss (Photo courtesy of SAAPRI)

Shiva Singh Khalsa, Ald. Pawar, Sen. Murphy, Vikram Singh and Rep. Biss (Photo courtesy of SAAPRI)

Ekta Kaur, Ald. Pawar, Vikram Singh, Amrith Kaur, Rep. Biss, Sukhdev Kaur, Sen. Murphy, Rajinder Mago, Balwant Hansra, Ami Gandhi, Gurdwara Attendee, Ahmed Rehab (Photo courtesy of SAAPRI)

UNITED SIKHS, SAAPRI, CAIR-Chicago and Sikh Religious Society of Chicago with Elected Officials (Photo courtesy of SAAPRI)

Tejas Shah, Ekta Kaur, Ald. Pawar and Vikram Singh (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)

Tejas Shah, Ekta Kaur, Ald. Pawar and Vikram Singh (Photo courtesy of CAIR-Chicago)









SEE ALSO: Recent article by local journalist Mariam Khan, “State lawmakers’ new anti-hate resolution could boost Chicago’s immigrant-friendly drive.”

To volunteer in the greater Chicago area, please contact Ekta Kaur at

Vikram Singh
Pro Bono Counsel
Tel: 888-243-1690

UNITED SIKHS – Recognize the Human Race as One

UNITED SIKHS Partners with NC Health Department to Educate about Swine Flu Pandemic at Health Fair Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:56:29 +0000

UNITED SIKHS Partners with NC Health Department to Educate about Swine Flu Pandemic at Health Fair

52nd Sikh Aid health fair offers free flu shots, free lab tests and health screenings for all ages at local Gurdwara in North Carolina

Charlotte, NC, USA – With concerns that the ‘Swine’ flu pandemic continues to spread worldwide this Fall, UNITED SIKHS Carolina Sikh Aid Team, in collaboration with Gurdwara Sahib of Charlotte, organized its second health fair this year and provided free flu shots, free lab tests (Cholesterol and Diabetes) and free health screenings for the public.

The fair, which was held on 1st November, 2009, at the local Gurdwara, is part of our ongoing effort to engage, educate and empower the community through health initiatives.

The free health screenings provided were for:


  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Women Health
  • Lab tests – Cholesterol, Blood Sugar
  • Dental
  • Diet/Nutrition
  • Vision
  • Orthopedics
Community members registering for flu shots
Ms Susan Jones giving presentation to the Community

Health information on different topics was provided in English and Panjabi.

In some countries, up to 70% percent of the flu viruses being sampled are the  H1N1 (‘Swine’) flu virus. In an effort to educate the community about the virus,  UNITED SIKHS invited a representative from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Health Department, Susan Jones, to speak at the health fair. She gave valuable updates on the state of the H1N1 virus and its effects. She also spoke about various prevention methods and resources being provided by health department to contain the spread of virus.

Despite the inclement weather, approximately, 30 members took advantage of free flu shots and blood tests.

The fair was very successful in encouraging community members to utilize local health care resources. Balbir Kaur, who took advantage of flu shots, said, “The health fair is a wonderful way to serve uninsured community members.”

Pawanjit Singh, UNITED SIKHS Director,  and Susan Jones discussed ways to further educate the local community through different community outreach programs. Pawanjit commented, “Collaboration is critical, especially in the event of a disaster and other health emergencies. We will continue to foster the ongoing relationship with the local health department, and thank Susan for joining us.”

Community members registering for screenings

UNITED SIKHS would also like to extend special thanks to the Gurdwara Sahib of Charlotte for hosting the health fair, and for sponsoring the lab tests. Gurdwara Sahib President, Dr. Surenderpal Singh Mac continues to encourage community outreach.

UNITED SIKHS would also like to extend our gratitude to Dr. Jaspal Singh and Dr. Suneet Kaur for sponsoring free flu shots, and to all other doctors and volunteers for their cooperation in organizing this event.

You may read about a previous community service project by UNITED SIKHS at

Issued by:
Dr. Gurpreet Kaur
SIKH AID Coordinator

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HEALTH FAIR HELD IN QUEENS, NEW YORK Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:36:41 +0000

  July 09, 2004                                                                                                   25th Harh, 536 Nanakshahi



 Queens, New York – UNITED SIKHS organized a Health Fair at Gurdwara Makan Shah Lobhana (113-10 101 Ave, Richmond Hill, New York 11419) on June 20, 2004, in which variety of health and safety information was made available to the attending public. In addition, the Health Fair invited speakers to give their views on Health and Nutrition, Early detection of Cancer, Women’s Health, Domestic Violence and Alcohol Abuse as well as how to manage medical emergencies. A Blood Donation Drive was also arranged as part of the Fair on the special request of Long Island Blood Center to meet the blood shortage in the tri-state area.


The Fair was made possible with the active participation of the Queens Hospital Center, St. Mary’s Hospital of Brooklyn, Health First, Special Commission of Domestic Violence and volunteer Sikh physicians. The physicians spoke on various medical issues and answered questions that the attending public had. The participating organizations set up their booths and provided information on free medical insurance, HIV counseling/education, blood screening, asthma education and screening, diabetes screening and a dental checkup. The response to the Health Fair was tremendous, and was attended by more than a thousand people. In anticipation of the event, people lined up for free medical check-ups even before the opening of the Health Fair. Visitors to the Health Fair were tested for their sugar level, and some were found to have a count of more than 200 mg/dL. (normal ranges are 70-110 mg/dL.) and were recommended to see a physician immediately. A granthi (Sikh clergyman) from India was sent to the emergency room, as his blood sugar count was 500.

The active participation of the physicians who volunteered and interacted with the public giving valuable advice and helpful information was truly an inspiration. Dr Amritpal Kaur’s lecture on Health and Nutrition not only identified the pitfalls in the typical Punjabi diet but also suggested substitute healthier foods. She had made a special effort to translate her charts in Punjabi and had an interactive session with the attending public. The second lecture was delivered by Dr. Kiranjeet Kaur, regarding the detection of breast cancer, A brochure entitled “Signs, Symptoms, Detection and Treatment”, showing how to do a breast self-examination for cancer, was given out and emphasis was laid on yearly physician checkup, including X-ray and Mammogram, particularly for women over the age of 40.


Dr. Grover talked about domestic violence and alcohol abuse. Noting that the majority of the domestic violence in communities goes unreported, with the majority of the victims being women, Dr. Grover conveyed that there are many organizations that are involved in assisting the victims of domestic violence. In the Punjab (where the vast majority of the attendees originate from), domestic violence is a prevalent problem and Punjabi immigrants who come to the U.S. do not necessarily shed this criminal behavior once here. The victim needs to know that there is help available for her to escape this cycle of domestic abuse, and Dr. Grover hoped that her presentation would be the beginning of relief for potential victims. Dr. Suber Singh gave a lecture on HIV prevention and education, as well as basic CPR training. He also gave his views on how to manage medical emergencies and how to make the most effective use of dialing 911. This was well received by the public.


The Blood drive was also a marvelous success, as the donations by the attendees was more than originally anticipated. The attendees also generously donated plasma for bone marrow transplantation. 


Because of the tremendous attendance, the Fair extended beyond its normal closing time, as there were still a number of people seeking medical services and advice.  UNITED SIKHS has a long tradition of caring for the underserved and this Fair was another jewel in its crown. This Health Fair was a step to complete the vision of a healthy world where the common and not so privileged get health services free of cost.  The large number of attendees and the Sikh community being at a high risk of heart related problems and diabetes only reinforced the apparent need for such events to be held in the future with more frequency.



UNITED SIKHS would like to the New York Office of Minority Health Region II for providing funds for the printing of brochures and posters.






Attendees being educated on medical issues facing the community.





Generous attendees donating blood and plasma to help save a life.




Scene outside of the Health Fair – children and adults welcome!




Education of the Public – a key to a healthy community.




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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 endeavor 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 fulfill 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.

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Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar hosts Blood Drive; Community Members respond to crucial need Tue, 07 Jun 2011 18:34:26 +0000 Marking the anniversary of the 1984 attacks on Harmandir Sahib (the Golden Temple) in Amritsar, the sangat of Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar in Port Reading, NJ and UNITED SIKHS hosted the annual blood drive, where dozens of community members participated and generously donated. Central Jersey Blood Services partnered with us on this important endeavor.

According to the American Red Cross, in the United States alone, someone needs blood every two seconds, and over 38,000 donations are needed every day. Blood supplies are vital in case of accidents, sickle cell anemia and cancer among others, and cannot be manufactured. Only 38% people in the United States are eligible to donate, which makes contributions on a regular basis very important.

UNITED SIKHS has been consistently conducting blood drives in different communities to respond to this vital and crucial need of people all over the world. A big shout out to those who donated blood at the drive and those who perform this sewa on a regular basis.

For more information on Blood Drives or other UNITED SIKHS Community Service initiatives, visit us at

We cannot undertake such important projects without the support of generous community members like you. Please volunteer or donate today!

The blood donation van outside Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Blood donation in progress Sewadaar donating blood The team from Central Jersey Blood Services Inside the Blood Donation van

13th December:Advancing Care Together: Blood Drives: 2 Locations in New Jersey Mon, 07 Dec 2009 04:40:25 +0000 Upcoming Event: We need volunteers to donate blood and also to assist on this day in Port Reading New Jersey.

Every 2.5 seconds, someone needs blood…It could be a friend, a family member or maybe even you.


It takes all types of donors and the combined efforts of many every day to support our lifesaving mission. Whatever you have to share can help save lives

Donate Blood.  Blood Facts

  • Less than 5% of the population donates blood
  • Nearly 4 million Americans would die each year without live saving blood transfusions
  • An estimated 109,500 Americans will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma this year

Date: 13th Dec 2009
Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm
Location 1:  Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar, 885 Port Reading Avenue, Port Reading, NJ 07064-1035, P: 1-732-541-7475. 
Contacts At Location 1: Parminder Singh: 732-425-4096 |;  Godavar Singh: 908-482-3632;  Parmjit Kaur: 201-655-2849 |

Location 2:  
Gurdwara Singh Sabha , 941 Port Reading, Port Reading, NJ 07604,  P: 1-732-541-4411

Contacts at Location 2: Pradeep Singh: 917-497-4443 |, Paramjit Kaur: 201-655-2849 |  

To organize a blood drive in your region write to

Pushmeet Kaur

19th April, NJ:Blood Drive at Glenrock New Jersey: Severe Shortage of Blood in New Jersey Fri, 24 Apr 2009 07:03:19 +0000 donorandlisaannebrosnan20th April 2009: UNITED SIKHS  Sikh Aid co-ordinator, Paramjit Kaur, conducted a blood drive with the “Community Blood Services” donation Center at the Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Glenrock, New Jersey.  25  people registered to donate blood out of which 21 were able to donate blood. The message was very clear to the donors that there is a shortage of blood supply in New Jersey and we urge all New Jerseyeans to donate their blood. As per the statisitcs, “New Jersey hospitals were forced to spend an estimated $18 million to $24 million in 2007 to buy precious supplies from other states, according to health and business experts who are banding together Wednesday to announce a statewide blood donation campaign.”

  “A single donation can save up to three lives,” Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard has said.

We would like to thank the staff of the Community Blood Services and communint members who assisted in this effort: Lisa Anne Brosnan, Lisa Ward, Emma Stoball, Zigna , Sonja Bass, Jonathan Rios, Daljit Singh, Paramjit Kaur, Satinder Kaur

Some Facts: Nine out of 10 people need blood at some point in their lives.
New Jersey State has less than a two-day supply of blood.
Nearly 60 percent of New Jersey adults are eligible to give blood, yet only 2.5 percent do so on a routine basis, according to state health statistics.
If even 5 percent donated — the national average — New Jersey would have no blood shortage.  
More pictures: To conduct a blood donation camp near you write to

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UNITED SIKHS, Sikh Aid team, thanks the management of Gurudwara Management for assisting in this endeavor.

Kuldip Singh