Welcome To AVA

The Association of Vietnamese Americans (AVA) is the oldest Vietnamese American community based organization in Maryland.  AVA has helped refugees and immigrants of all backgrounds secure housing, find jobs, study for U.S citizenship tests, and hosted U.S. Naturalization Ceremonies.   For over 30 years, AVA has provided culturally and linguistically appropriate direct services to the Vietnamese and other immigrant communities. Because of our reach in the community and our visibly, we also serve as a liaison for many agencies to ensure that vital information reaches our population.  We attribute our success to our ability to anticipate the changing needs in the community and responding appropriately to these needs.  In 2008, AVA was selected by the Harmon Foundation for inclusion in their Catalogue for Philanthropy as “one of the best small charities in the greater Washington Region.”

Who Is AVA

Help refugees and immigrants of all backgrounds secure housing, find jobs, study for U.S citizenship tests, and hosted U.S. Naturalization Ceremonies. We also organized annual cultural and community events such as the Tet Lunar New Year’s Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Annual Scholarship fund.
AVA is dedicated to advancing the Vietnamese American community in Maryland through direct services, advocacy, and education. Today AVA’s mission is to empower low-income families and seniors through direct services and referrals; advocate for social and economic equality by building awareness, capacity, and solidarity within the community; and unify multiple generations of Vietnamese Americans and the larger community.
Formerly known as Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association (MVMA), founded in 1979, was incorporated in 1982 as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization to address the needs of refugees after the Vietnam War. It is the oldest Vietnamese American community based organization in Maryland.
For over 30 years, AVA has provided culturally and linguistically appropriate direct services to the Vietnamese and other immigrant communities. We attribute our success to our ability to anticipate the changing needs in the community. In 2008, AVA was selected by the Harmon Foundation for inclusion in their Catalogue for Philanthropy as “one of the best small charities in the greater Washington Region.”

Our Services

Obama Care 90
Help with tutoring 80
Golden Age Project for Seniors (GAPS) 85
Our Enthusiasm 100

What’s going on in our community

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2015 Scholarship

April 16th, 2015|0 Comments

To continue the tradition of community advancement, AVA started a scholarship program in 2000 and organized the Annual Academic Awards Picnic to celebrate Vietnamese American students’ success. Scholarship applicants are invited to attend the 27 […]

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2015 Tet – Vietnamese New Year

February 1st, 2015|0 Comments

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2013 Awards Picnic

June 9th, 2013|0 Comments

On Sunday June 9, 2013 the Association of Vietnamese Americans (AVA), formerly known as the Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association (MVMA), hosted its 25thAnnual Academic Awards Picnic (Awards Picnic) at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  More […]