VIETNAMESE AMERICAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE EAST BAY

VIETNAMESE AMERICAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE EAST BAY

For over 20 years, the Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay (VACCEB) has been a refuge and resource for low-income, South-East Asians and other underrepresented immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. VACCEB provides a variety of support services including access to nutritious meal deliveries, senior social

VIETNAMESE AMERICAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE EAST BAY

For over 20 years, the Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay (VACCEB) has been a refuge and resource for low-income, South-East Asians and other underrepresented immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. VACCEB provides a variety of support services including access to nutritious meal deliveries, senior social and wellness programs, housing assistance, immigration legal services, ESL, citizenship, and digital literacy classes, anti-crime and anti-hate education, and employment development. Our programs are designed to provide our clients and their families the support they need to become self-sufficient within a year after their arrival to the United States.

About the Organization:

For over 20 years, the Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay (VACCEB) has been a refuge and resource for low-income, South-East Asians and other underrepresented immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. VACCEB provides a variety of support services including access to nutritious meal deliveries, senior social and wellness programs, housing assistance, immigration legal services, ESL, citizenship, and digital literacy classes, anti-crime and anti-hate education, and employment development. Our programs are designed to provide our clients and their families the support they need to become self-sufficient within a year after their arrival to the United States.

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

26-30 YEARS

The Issue:

We are currently responding to the urgent need to provide language accessible education and safety equipment to AAPI communities due to increase violence against them. This project is designed to ensure AAPI communities are educated on how to stay safe from violence both inside and outside of their homes, are provided crime data so they know crime hotspots to avoid, are provided steps to follow to report a crime if they are a victim, and most importantly to advocate assertively for remedies against hate from our public officials. This project is needed now more than ever given the anti-Asian climate that our community is unfortunately being asked to tolerate. AAPI communities are especially fearful due to the increased harassment and attacks and our seniors, who were just coming out of quarantine conditions, have gone back into self-quarantine due to particularly violent assaults against them.

The Solution:

To combat this violence, we are deploying the following strategies:
  1. Change the narrative through visual and printed material distributed to public officials, CBO partners, and media outlets.
  2. Provide immediate protective information and support (“How to Report a Crime” booklets) and safety devices (whistles, alarms).
  3. Work with Coalition partners to educate other communities of color regarding the root of hate and the importance of working together to solve societal issues through non-violent expressions.
We will be providing translated material through our clients' monthly meal bags, use our ESL and citizenship classes to reach students, conduct zoom meetings through our information and assistance program services. We expect to regularly reach 4,000+ clients during this project and will also be meeting with other communities of color to design strategies for counter messaging to break the stereotyping of Asians as the root of their problems.

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