Asian Counseling and Referral Service

Mission: Asian Counseling and Referral Service promotes social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities – including immigrants, refugees, and American-born – by developing, providing and advocating for innovative, effective and efficient community-based multilingual and multicultural services.

Category: Immigrants & Refugees


Asian Counseling and Referral Service helps clients attain the highest levels of self-sufficiency in Western society while maintaining their cultural identities. In most cases, clients are served by professional staff who speak the same language and come from the same culture. ACRS provides programs and services in a culturally appropriate setting in order to improve the lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, whether immigrant, refugee or native-born.

Other Ways to Get Involved:

ACRS opened their doors in 1973 through the efforts of community volunteers. They remain a community-driven organization to this day, and are grateful for the support of more than 700 volunteers each year who help them deliver more services to a greater number of people in their preferred languages than ever.

They have volunteer opportunities across their agency. At any moment, volunteers help with their ESL and employment classes, distribute culturally familiar food at their Food Bank in the International District / Chinatown, support their civic engagement and voter outreach efforts, help out at their events, support their outreach efforts or volunteer as instructors in their classes for elders.