East African Community Services

Basic Information

Address: 7054 32nd Ave S, Suite 207 Seattle, WA 98118
Phone Number: (206) 721 1119x110
Fax Number: (206) 445 7969
Director: Faisal Jama

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East African Community Services
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Additional Information

Causes Served: Educational Programs for East African Refugees
Clearances Required: Yes
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: East African Refugees
Ages for Volunteer: 15-70
Hours of Service: 60
Minimum Hours Required: 30
Days of Service: Monday through Thursday
Mission Statement:

East African Community Services is an inclusive organization that is dedicated to improving the well-being and quality of life of refugees and their families in the King County, while at the same time encouraging our clients to preserve their diverse cultural heritage.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The vision of EACS is to develop and strengthen the capacity of the East African population in King County at individual, family, and community levels.

Program History:

From the beginning of the civil war in 1991, many refugees fled Somalia. The East African
nation, at one time colonized by Italy and Britain, has been in the midst of civil war for the last
12 years. Over the last number of years, over 20,000 Somali refugees have made King
County their home.

In 2000, after many Somalis had arrived in the King County, four Somali refugees established
a service organization for their community called the Refugee Social Development Resource
Center (RSDRC). The RSDRC was begun out of various collaborations and partnerships with
local community agencies and stakeholders.

In 2001, RSDRC was incorporated as a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization and changed its name
to East African Community Services (EACS), broadening its scope to include all of Eastern
Africa. Today, EACS brings together members from the major sectors of the East African
refugee community.

EACS has established a strong record of service in the King County, easing the cultural shock
of refugees throughout the area, through culturally specific advocacy, information, referral, and
direct service. EACS has a clear understanding of the needs of its clients, a high level of trust
with in the community, and a high profile presence among the East African population in the
King County.

The programs that EACS offers today include refugee resettlement support, case management
and assessment, advocacy, education support services, youth outreach, seniors programs,
and employment services. Within these wider areas we offer such services as life skills
education, computer literacy, ESL support, job skills training, after school programs, and
primary and secondary education parental support.

For more information please visit our website: http://eastafricancs.org.


Educational Programs held at East African Community Services include: After School Tutoring Program for elementary and middle school students, ESL tutoring for adults, naturalization tutoring for adults, and a Leadership Council for high school students.