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Philippine-American Association of Madison & Neighboring Areas

Bayanihan Assistance Program

BAYANIHAN:  The Bayanihan (pronounced as buy-uh-nee-hun) is a Filipino custom derived from a Filipino word “bayan”, which means nation, town or community. The term bayanihan itself literally means “being in a bayan”, which refers to the spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a particular goal.

The Bayanihan spirit shows Filipinos’ concept of helping one another most especially in times of need without expecting anything in return.


We need volunteers for this program.  Would you consider volunteering? We appreciate it! Sign up here.

What is PAMANA's Bayanihan Assistance Program?

  • Neighbor helping neighbor
  • Reaching out to someone in the community who needs assistance
  • Works like our “extended family”
  • Emotional and mental support - ‘being a friend”
  • Usually in an emergency situation
  • Short term or one time help

Ways to PAMANA Bayanihan



  • clothes, personal hygiene products, blankets/linens, baby’s stuff, etc
  • cooked meals (especially Filipino dishes) for a short period of time due to calamity/disaster, sickness, family emergency, etc
  • Birthday/Christmas/Thanksgiving basket for family in need
  • English-Tagalog translation of documents
  • Computer /software/hardware questions - “geek squad”
  • Emergency childcare for families who know each other personally
  • Hospital/home visit - when it’s safe to do so
  • Transportation help- important legal, medical appointment, job interview
  • Respite Care

Volunteer Release.  All volunteers are required to agree to the volunteer releases. 

Volunteer Release 
Confidentiality & Non-Disclosure 
Volunteer Release Form for Minors MS Doc version (required to be returned to
Volunteer Release Form for Minors PDF (required to be returned to

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