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The African-American Network (AAN) Is a 501C3 Non-Profit Community Organization.  

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Company Profile


Founded: 1995

Founder: Cynthia Lynch

 Areas of expertise: 
 Social Awareness, Philanthropy, Fundraising, Networking, Community Empowerment,

Recent Projects

AAN Cares Day
A dozen of our members volunteered to make Thanksgiving Dinner for the victims of rape and domestic violence who were housed at the Women's Resources of Monroe County. These dedicated volunteers battled a dangerous snow storm, and formed a caravan with their vehicles to ensure that the residents received dinner and a care package.

Kwanzaa Is FREE at the Library
Our President, Cleo MeriAbut Jarvis spearheaded an enjoyable event which she calls CultureTainment.  Its like a Teach-In at the Hughes Branch of The Eastern Monroe Public Library... We dance, sing, share, eat.... and above all... We learn. This is a FREE Community Event.

African-American Network Youth (AANY)
The youth of AANY are currently collecting items on the wish list of the Women's Resources of Monroe County, in order to put together care packages for victims of rape and domestic violence. They have involved their families, schoolmates, as well as teachers, and will culminate the collection and make delivery in February 2015.

AAN Supporting East Stoudsburg University Alumni Scholarships
Sixteen of our members pooled together and will attend the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast held at East Stroudsburg University to raise scholarship funds for students in need.

The African-American Network was born out of necessity.  It was founded in 1995 by the first president, Cynthia Lynch, a Real Estate Agent.  Her vision was to create a vehicle which connects and informs newly arriving residents in the Pocono Mountain.


We have a simple mission: To provide opportunities for Networking, Education, and Economic Development, in order to promote unity among residents and improve the quality of life of those residing in and around the Pocono Mountain Region.

Our objectives are to make AAN a sustainable entity; to maintain a Youth Organization; to increase membership levels by 30% each year; to establish partnerships with other Community based Organizations; and to invest philanthropically in the Pocono Mountains and surrounding communities.

What We’re Doing