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Kwanzaa Appeal has begun!


Our fiscal year began on October 1, and along with that comes our first major fundraiser, the Kwanzaa Appeal. Kwanzaa Appeal began September 25 and ends February 19, 2012. The Kwanzaa Appeal happens simultaneously with our major first and second quarter activities such as the anniversary of the Institute, Kwanzaa/First Fruits, Martin Luther King Jr. birthday and Supporters Day (Black History Month).

November 2 is the anniversary of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. and the birthday of National Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. Minister Lawrance Lee Evans has asked that all gifts go to First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. Your tax-deductible donations can be made to First Community Interfaith Institute Inc., 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester NY 14620-1112.


More information about the Kwanzaa Appeal can be obtained every Sunday at Students Doology Hour. Doors open at 4 pm. The location is 219 Hamilton Street. Information can also be obtained by calling 585-461-0379.


Thank you if you give First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. NYS five cent cans and bottles. This helps us raise money for our tutorial program. We welcome your bottles and cans.


The Kwanzaa Appeal will help with our annual festival in Ohio on July 12-15, 2012. This year the national office has been asked to play a bigger role.


The Kwanzaa Appeal Organizing Conference will be on October 23, 2011 at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. Doors open at 4 pm at 219 Hamilton Street.




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2017 First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule

All events are at 219 Hamilton Street at 6 PM EST unless otherwise specified
First Fruits (Dec 1-25)
December 1: KWANZAA APPRECIATION PROGRAM (kickoff and introduction)
December 2, 4-9, 11-14, 16, 18-23, 25: DAILY STORYTELLING AND PRAYER (small get-togethers)
December 3, 10, 17, 24: STUDENT DOOLOGY HOUR at 4 PM, 219 Hamilton
December 15: AFRICAN MOTHERS DAY-- 6 pm, School #33  cafeteria (500 Webster Ave, all females receive flowers from the men)

Kwanzaa (Dec 26- Jan 1) 6pm except for Sun Dec 31
December 26: Umoja (unity) presenter: Minister Lawrance Lee Evans will speak on "Reducing Inferiority by Promoting Unity"
December 27: Kujichagulia (self-determination) presenters: Brother Zeb Coleman and Brother Brian Griffin
December 28; Ujima (collective work and responsibility)
December 29: Ujamaa (cooperative economics) presenters: Sister Uwimana and Sister Brenda Snow
December 30: Nia (purpose) presenter: Brother Leo White
December 31: Kuumba -- 4pm Student Doology Hour (creativit…