Proceeds from the 5K benefit Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) is a community-based social services agency targeting the low-income immigrant and refugee community.
Originally established by ethnic Chinese immigrants from Vietnam, the organization has grown to represent clients from over 40 countries, including immigrants from the Philippines, Burma, Ethiopia, and Russia. CMAA is particularly proud of its diversity, as shown by its multiethnic Board and its Executive Director is a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines. CMAA staff speak over twenty languages.
CMAA offers services for the community spanning several generations. After-school youth programs provide responsible programming for kindergarten to 8th-grade children. Mentoring and basketball leagues help to provide productive activities for young adults. Adult education programs offer lessons in English proficiency, financial literacy, and computer skills.
A wide array of social services are offered, including housing assistance, health care assistance, job skills training, and job placement. CMAA is particularly proud of its senior services, including a robust homemaker service as well as an active Golden Age Club, which offers weekly activities ranging from calligraphy to Tai Chi.