November 1, 2011 > UNITED SIKHS open Western Regional Office in Fremont
UNITED SIKHS open Western Regional Office in Fremont
By Kashmir Shahi
UNITED SIKHS celebrated the opening of its Regional Office in Fremont on Saturday, October 22. Established in 11 countries around the globe and now with offices in California and New York, the organization strives to serve local communities in an efficient and productive manner.
At the Opening Ceremony, the organization introduced its work and vision to members of the Sikh American and Bay Area communities. A large gathering including elected officials, members of the civil and human rights advocacy, humanitarian and educational communities; government officials from Department of Justice, the US State Attorney for Northern California and the Community Relations Service were present during the opening ceremony. D. Paul Montiero, Associate Director of Community Relations at White House was an honored guest. Hardayal Singh, Director United Sikhs, said that since Fremont is the center of the American Sikh population in the Bay Area, it is a perfect location for the West Coast office.
"Whether it is mentoring young kids, whether it is feeding needy people, or helping other counties 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 keynote speech.
Northern District of California Hon. Melinda Haag congratulated the organization for 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."
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 and will enable Sikhs to integrate with the mainstream community."
Fremont City Mayor Bob Wasserman and Human Services Director, Suzanne Shenfil welcomed the new office and announced the partnership of UNITED SIKHS office with family resource center. Enthusiastic support from community and partner agencies is essential to make this office a success not only for the organization but to the regional communities as well.