AAPI Charities

Asian American Society of Central Virginia (AASOCV)

The Asian American Society of Central Virginia is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization established in 1998 to promote unity, harmony, and diversity in the Central Virginia Region. Through various cultural celebrations and active participation in various community events and initiatives, AASoCV raises awareness and recognition of Asian heritage and promotes cultural diversity in the region.

The Asian American Society of Central Virginia promotes, strengthens and enhances relationships among the Asian communities as well as the Central Virginia Region by creating awareness and understanding of Asian American interests through leadership and advocacy. The AASoCV welcomes membership from other Asian communities to join and strengthen the Asian American community in Central Virginia. AASoCV shall promote and sponsor civic, business, cultural and educational programs and activities that shall further the following:

LEADERSHIP: AASoCV has actively nominated candidates for Leadership Metro Richmond’s Flagship program, and is proud to have sponsored over 15 LMR alumni • Has had a current or former Board of Trustee member appointed to the Virginia Asian Advisory Board to the Governor since the VAAB’s inception • Is a founding sponsor and organizer of the Annual Asian Legislative Day • Hosts the Annual Asian American Gala to recognize local Asian and non-Asian community leaders.

CULTURAL: AASoCV has hosted the Asian American Celebration since 1998 • AASoCV partners with our member communities in their community events • AASoCV has partnered in events hosted by the Children’s Museum of Virginia, the National Folk Festival, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, The Science Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Chesterfield and Henrico Counties.

CIVIC: Partners with the American Red Cross in Disaster Preparation and Management; Partnered with Hands-On Greater Richmond since its inception; Co-sponsored the Asian American Community and Law Enforcement Symposium; Partnered and supported our member communities’ efforts in the community; Participated in feeding the homeless and Habitat for Humanity; have donated thousands of dollars to relief funds for the disaster relief for the Thai Tsunami, China and Pakistan earthquakes and floods.

EDUCATIONAL: Partnered with the Rose Group in hosting the 2nd Chinese American Festival of Film and Culture; Provided scholarships to local public school students; sponsored scholarships for member communities’ art and scholarship awards.

ASHA For Women

ASHA for Women is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to South Asian women living in abusive marriages and homes. Created in 1989 by South Asians to circumvent many of the language, cultural, and social barriers that can stop many from seeking help, ASHA has helped hundreds of women and children move on to lead safer, happier lives.

The people we serve

ASHA serves women and children living in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, with origins in the South Asian countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal , Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Our clients stem from various faiths including but not limited to Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism.

ASHA is committed to helping individuals of any age, any  relationship status (single, married, or divorced) and immigration status.


Work approach

ASHA offers guidance for navigating the government and community services and resources available to victims of domestic violence. Each client is paired with an advocate with extensive knowledge about the financial, legal, and mental health needs of abuse victims. Guidance provided to clients enables them to make their own decisions and is offered in a sympathetic, nonjudgmental manner to ensure that choices are made without fear of criticism or shame.



Confidentiality and security of clients is crucial and determines how and where we interact. Whether in coffee shops, libraries, friend’s homes, or over the Internet or cell phone, ASHA volunteers meet with clients at their convenience, while upholding their privacy and safety.



ASHA is managed and run by a network of highly motivated volunteers, the majority of whom are from the South Asian community. It is governed by a 10-person board of directors, as well as an advisory board of former organization leaders, who advise ASHA on policies, programs and community initiatives. In addition, ASHA interacts and shares knowledge resources with other non-profits and social service agencies who share ASHA’s dedication to improving the abuse-free status of women everywhere.


ASHA for Women is wholly aided by grants and donations from state-run bodies, philanthropic organizations, private enterprises and individuals. From time to time ASHA organizes fund raisers to augment its resources.


Awards and recognition

ASHA For Women is a GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant

Honored by NBC and McDonalds during the annual Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month this year with an award and donation – a non-profit making a positive difference to the local community.

Featured in 2012-13 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as “one of the best small charities in the Washington DC Region”.

Chosen by NBC as a featured charity in Dec 2013 for the 12 Days of Giving campaign.