Since starting Arlington-based Cozy Cleaning during the pandemic, its co-owners have seen it as a way to support other Mongolian Americans.
Otgon Altankhuyag and Munkhzul Nergui, who are both Mongolian, decided to start the house cleaning and organization service after hearing that the demand for residential cleaning was on the rise as many people were stuck at home. all day.
“We can also help Mongolian women,” Altankhuyag said. “We pay our employees, so we support Mongolian women who (stay) at home with lots of children. They cannot work full time.
The owners plan to join other local business owners for a fundraiser in Ballston hosted by Hamkae Center next Thursday, June 9, to support Asian American communities. This is the first fundraiser for Hamkae Center since it changed its name from NAKASEC VA, which stood for National Korean American Service & Education Consortium Virginia, in November 2021.
It’s the first time the center has held the event on its own, and it’s the first in-person fundraiser since the pandemic began, said Patrick Canteros, growth and operations team leader. The event was canceled in 2020 and virtual in 2021.
“A lot of our sponsors used to be national organizations,” Canteros said. “This time a lot of our sponsors, a lot of the organizations and businesses supporting us, this time with food and auction items, they’re all local businesses.”
Altankhuyag had previously worked with Hamkae Center as a translator, as well as donating masks to the organization during the pandemic. Her company decided to join the upcoming fundraiser because she wanted to encourage others and contribute, Altankhuyag said.
“I would like to show neighbors that everyone has the potential to learn a small business and earn a small amount of money and enjoy their (life),” she said.
In 2021, there were more than 70,000 businesses owned by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the Washington area, representing 12.4% of all private businesses in the region, according to a report from the Virginia. Asian Advisory Board.
The fundraiser, called Pursuing Our Dreams 2022, is expected to feature around 20 Asian American businesses in the DC area, including various restaurants, a climbing gym and The Washington Spirit football team. . The event will be held between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at Marymount University’s Ballston Campus (1000 N. Glebe Road).
Participants can choose to sponsor and donate to the fundraiser, according to its application form. Canteros said Hamkae Center wants 20% of its funding to come from community donors.
During the event, Hamkae Center is set to award a few awards to individuals and organizations for their work on issues in which the center is also involved.
“We definitely selected them based on the work we’ve done that has been instrumental in helping us move this needle forward,” said Policy and Communications Team Leader Zowee Aquino.
This year’s four awards will go to Del. Kathy Tran (D-42), Virginia Poverty Law Center, Vietnam Resettlement Association and organization member Onion Ha, according to the organization’s Twitter announcement.
The fair is expected to include a range of activities such as origami tutorials, tarot and natal chart readings, and a silent auction. Food and beverages will be provided by local restaurants owned by AAPI.
Our Community Courage Award ⭐ is presented to a community leader who strives to create meaningful change for #AsianAmericans in #Virginia in the face of social, political, & other systemic challenges. This year’s recipient is Delegate @KathyKLTran‼️(1/2) pic.twitter.com/Drv192lhK7
— Hamkae Center 🥁 #Citizenship4All (@hamkaecenter) May 7, 2022