Nahla Kayali of AccessCal Named by the White House a Cesar E. Chavez "Champion of Change"

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Nahla Kayali, a "Champion for Change"
Nahla Kayali, founder and executive director of the Anaheim nonprofit Access California Services, is being honored by the White House today as a Cesar E. Chavez "Champion of Change."

To be clear, that's Barack Obama's White House, not Bruno Serato's (speaking of champions for change).

Kayali is one of 10 community leaders nationwide to be honored today in D.C.

She's getting the nod on what is Cesar Chavez Day for having helped improve the lives of thousands of under-served immigrants and refugees in Southern California since 1998. Her AccessCal is a health and human services nonprofit for underserved Arab-American and Muslim-American communities.

"Under Ms. Kayali's leadership, the organization provides programs in 15 languages delivered by 30 staff including 10 AmeriCorps members," reads the White House announcement (that you can read in full on the next page).

"Programs include: health access in government programs including ObamaCare, employment services, citizenship and immigration services, mental health services, refugee support services, English as a Second Language and client advocacy. Ms. Kayali is described as a foot soldier for her community in making sure individuals and families receive access to quality services."

"This is a lifetime honor to be recognized by the White House in light of Cesar Chavez's legacy, serving as a testament that working hard creates change," Kayali says in a statement of her own. "I have dedicated my life and soul for the humanitarian cause of serving everyone in need, particularly Arab- and Muslim-American immigrant and refugee communities who have demonstrated the ability to overcome barriers and become contributing citizens."

Read more about her and the other Champions for Change on the next page . . .

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