Services

Assistance to the Needy

Over the years we have helped innumerable victims of domestic violence and the needy. Once local organizations have identified appropriate candidates for our funds, our volunteers meet with them to determine how best we can help. When needed, we arrange for new living quarters for families, new schools for their children and where necessary, occupational training for parents so they can develop the skills they need to become independent. Many of our referrals come from local Iranian radio stations.

Awareness of the fact that domestic violence and poverty exists in the Iranian community is the first step. From there you too can join the fight to end the suffering of the needy.

Scholarships

The Iranian American Society (IAS) Education Committee awards scholarship to 5 qualified Iranian American students attending an accredited college or university each academic year. This is to promote education within the Iranian American Community and to provide financial assistance to those students who exhibit academic excellence and financial needs.

To Apply for Scholarship please visit: IAS Scholorship Application-2017
for scholarship frequesnt asked questions please visit IAS Scholarship FAQ

Helping Community Organizations

Through the years we have made a difference in our community at large by helping other organizations. The following is a list of those who we have assisted:

 

Preserve and Promote Iranian Culture and Customs

Norooz Bazaar

The Bazaar is held the weekend before the Iranian new year, Nowrooz (New Day). Each year, the Iranian new year falls on the 20th or 21st of March which coincides with the begining of Spring. Attending the Bazaar, enables the whole community to participate in the arrival of Spring and the new year’s celebration with music, dancing, Iranian food and sweets. Activities are organized for children as well as adults and the presence of Haji Firooz adds joy to the festivities.
IAS members and volunteers spend the months of Jan. and Feb. making articles for the Sufreh Haft Seen and using old family recipes to prepare pastries, jams and relishes that are not available anywhere else.
Awareness of the fact that domestic violence and poverty exists in the Iranian community is the first step. From there you too can join the fight to end the suffering of the needy.
These are purchased with much joy – everyone wants to start the new year with the best Sufre Haft Seen.

Luncheons

Luncheons are held each year with speakers on women’s issues and cultural themes.
This year’s luncheon was titled “A Celebration of Rumi” with the performance of the Sama dance, and a recitation of the Master’s poetry.
Previous luncheons have featured talks by Iranian artists, psychologists and dancers such as Ardalan Mofid, who performed while our guests feasted on Aabgusht.

Persian Language Section

created at the Peninsula Center Library in Palos Verdes.

Women’s Issues

We promote awareness on women’s issues by having women speakers educate us on relevant topics.