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Nevada welcomes new AAPI resource center

The non-profit organization Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) is expanding their services throughout Nevada with the grand opening of their brand new office in Reno.

The grand opening was held on Friday afternoon, Sept. 9, KOLOTV reports. A local dance company Little Swan Dancers showcased traditional dances in celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures. Local dignitaries in attendance at the event included First Lady of Nevada, Kathy Sisolak, and representatives from Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s office.

According to This is Reno, ACDC used to have physical offices in Reno that they were forced to close during the pandemic. The resource center will allow them to put down roots again.

With this latest expansion, the organization hopes to further promote their mission to “improve the general well-being and education of the Asian, Pacific Islander and other ethnic communities in Nevada.”

During the grand opening, President and Founder of ACDC Vida Lin gave remarks and shared her enthusiasm for the new venture.

“We’re very excited to be here, and you know this is something that we started in 2015, and it started when I moved to Nevada years ago, where our community didn’t get service,” Lin said in a statement to KOLOTV.

For the past seven years, ACDC has worked to educate, foster and provide more resources for the AAPI community throughout the state. They hope that by opening an office in Northern Nevada, they can do outreach and offer more localized services, which are absolutely essential in the area.

Lin added that apart from addressing the issue of food insecurity, especially during the pandemic, the organization also offers assistance with voter registration.

“So far we have registered over 35,000 people to vote, to help represent our community, and that’s including Reno, too,” Lin told KOLOTV.

ACDC offers various programs and resources such as citizenship assistance, translation services, COVID-19 test kits, food stamps (SNAP), voter registration, health clinics, lgbtq+ resources, and so many more. All the information can be found on their website.

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