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CHAFA (Chinese - American Friendship Association) is a Christian, non-profit, all-volunteer organization registered under NY State in 2015, with the aim of sharing friendship and God's love with our Chinese friends. We seek to help Chinese students, scholars, and visitors better adapt to and know more about American Culture by holding various outside and indoor activities such as Hiking, Dinner clubs, English Groups. Consistent with our Christian faith and values, CHAFA also offers Bible studies. Above all, we want to introduce our Chinese friends to the knowledge of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ whenever we can. Members are free to choose activities to attend according to their personal interests. 


American Volunteers are a core part of CHAFA. They are involved in each of the activities to make friends with members and help members have a better understanding of American Culture. 


It is our desire CHAFA will be a warm home for all Chinese students, scholars, and visitors, although thousands of miles away from China.

Welcome, Syracuse students, visiting scholars, parents, and professionals!  We want you to feel a part of the community here by making new friends and enjoying some great activities together.  Although CHAFA is geared to Chinese, it is open to all living and working in Syracuse, regardless of nationality  We invite you to become a member!

New Member

To become a member, you must first attend an activity or group once. Afterward, a membership form will be emailed to you. If you liked what you experienced and want to continue with CHAFA, complete the form and return it to us. Once your form is received, you'll be added to our email list and placed in the CHAFA WeChat member group.  Your membership will begin when your form has been received and approved and will be for a period of one membership year (September-August)


Q - Am I required to attend any groups or activities after I join?

A - No.  You attend only what you want to attend.  We understand you have other things going on in your life and may have little time to attend at times.

Q - Do I have to be a Christian to join CHAFA?

A - No.  We welcome everyone no matter what someone believes. And no one is pressured to believe.


Add your unique presence and join CHAFA!

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Renewal Member

CHAFA's membership year is from September 1 - August 31.  Anyone who is remaining in Syracuse at the end of a membership year and wants to continue in CHAFA must renew membership for the new year.


Q - How do I renew my membership?

A - You must attend an activity or group sometime between August and the middle of September.  Your attendance tells us you are serious about continuing to be a member of CHAFA.  Check this website for info about groups and activities available.

Q - What happens if I don't renew my membership by the deadline?

A - Your name will be removed from our contacts, both email, and WeChat. You will not receive any more messages from CHAFA. We don't want to bother someone with messages they may not want.

Q - If I fail to renew my membership by the deadline, can I renew after the deadline?

A - Yes!  Simply contact us and fulfill the requirement for renewal. We'll always be happy to see you again!

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