SAAVI is a Michigan based 501 (c) (3) non-profit, non-partisan community organization. We focus on assistance and community programs for the underserved communities in Michigan.

In early April, 2020 the Corona pandemic was engulfing the United States of America and Michigan was amongst the states seriously impacted. As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, SAAVI along with the Miindia Foundation has taken the following measures to support Michiganders directly and through partnerships with other community service organizations.

1) We activated the “Meals for Healthcare Heroes”. This was a collaborative program to serve meals to our Frontline Workers at various healthcare facilities. As of the first week of June more than 3250 appreciation meals were served to 18 healthcare systems. This was achieved through many individual contributions, volunteers from the MICS group and the overwhelming support of social, cultural and religious organizations from the Indian American Community of Michigan as well as other well-wishers.

2) We also started serving Community Care Packages to underserved communities especially vulnerable seniors. Each CCP consists of packed and canned food products and personal care equipment like hand-made masks from DIWA and Balgokulam volunteers, sanitizer bottles and gloves. We have served 1050 packages as of the first week of June. These packages are put together by volunteers from SAAVI, DIWA, Balagokulam, and Amma’s Center from various locations in Michigan.

Seniors from cities served are Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Wayne, Canton and Sterling Heights. Several organizations and individuals that have supported us in the delivery of the package are volunteers from IGGF, Balagokulam and SAAVI.Packages were delivered to organizations and groups such as

1) New Home Church, Wayne
2) Qualifying Clarketon Elementary families, Detroit Public Schools
3) Tricity Community Development
4) Sterling Heights Senior Services
5) Grand Rapids Senior Services
6) Flint underserved communities

The program has been made possible due to the generous donations of individuals and financial support of organizations such as

1) The International Geeta Gurukul Foundation (IGGF)
2) India League of America, Michigan
3) Miindia Foundation
4) Asian Indian Women’s Association
5) VHP of America
6) Imetris Corporation
7) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
8) DTE employees
9) Oriya Society of Michigan

Jawwad Khan
SAAVI (South Asian American Voices for Impact)


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