ACA celebrates 75 years in the community

By Kelly McCarthy

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 7:38 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A major not-for-profit in Binghamton celebrates 75 years in the community, and is doing so by jump-starting a year-long fundraiser campaign.

The American Civic Association is starting off the year by announcing new events for local residents.

"What we've decided and think is really important is to celebrate this through what we would refer to as both a campaign to help ourselves financially throughout the year," said Executive Director Andrew Baranoski, "But also a celebration with the community to highlight the diversity, the different groups."

This year the ACA is partnering with First Friday and hosting an international movie night. It's called Film Friday and each screening will focus on a different culture.

The ACA was created in 1939 and has three main goals. That is to help with immigration services, refugee resettlement, and to educate the community.

"We have to deal with very complicated issues," Baranoski said, "We have to help people try to get settled in the community. Explain to them how a child goes to school, explain how the public transportation."

The ACA serves about 200 walk-in clients a month, help more than 100 ESL and GED students in weekly classes. All classes and programs are free to the community.

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