History and Organization Description
The Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay (VACCEB) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation with a 18 year history of providing quality service to low-income, refugee and immigrant populations and their families. While all communities are welcome at our Center, our core competency is serving the Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant population including the Vietnamese, Chinese, Cambodian, Bhutanese, and Burmese communities. Because of the Vietnamese community’s immigrant experience in the United States, they are in a unique position to provide leadership and guidance to the newer refugees and immigrants.
Annually, we serve over 12,000 nutritious meals to seniors and their families four days a week; handle over 1,200 case sessions from translation to advocacy for residents; educate 200+ students in ESL, Computer Literacy, and Job Preparation, conduct health-related fairs serving 1,000+ participants for prevention and wellness (screening, vaccinations, etc.), and run a weekly food bank program passing out 3500 “grocery bags”.
Geographic Location and Accessibility of Program And Services
Our facility is centrally located in the heart of East Oakland on the corner of International Blvd and 7th Avenue (Eastlake and San Antonio Districts) within walking distance of the target communities. It is 1/4 block from the nearest bus stop (AC Transit) and within walking distance of rail transit (BART). By private car, it is also conveniently located near 2 freeways, Interstate Freeway 880 exit (5th Ave Exit, 7 blocks) and Freeway 580 (14th Ave. Exit, 15 blocks).
We offer complete “wrap around, client centrist” services to our low-income clients in a culturally relevant and appropriate way. These services and our community partners are outlined in the following chart. We have acted as a fiscal agent for public agencies and have successfully applied public funding to the delivery of programs services to the Southeast communities. We are a State of California, non-profit 501(c) corporation in active and good standing and meet all of the fiscal and accounting requirements expected by a grantee and have consistently passed federal, state, county, and city audits in the use of public funds. With a modest annual budget of $400K and by leveraging our relationships with other non-profits, we provide excellent value and quality for the funds received from public and private sources.