Resource Development Coordinator
East African Community Services
John joined AmeriCorps VISTA in July 2012 and is working as the Resource Development Coordinator for East African Community Services (EACS). At EACS John is working to improve the sustainability and capacity of the organization by coordinating projects, writing grants, and creating partnerships with other organizations and agencies. Some of his current projects include building an African business association, coordinating a senior needs assessment, organizing health and nutrition workshops, and much more. John has a Master’s of Public and International Affairs focusing in Human Security from the University of Pittsburgh.
East African Community Services http://www.eastafricancs.org/
East African Community Services (EACS) was established in 2000 to provide culturally specific advocacy, information, referral and direct social services to Somali, Oromo, Ethiopian and other East African refugees living in King County. When civil war erupted in Somalia in 1991, many people fled away from the violence. Today, nearly 30,000 East African refugees have made King County their home. East African Community Services provides a variety of services to members of the East African community in south Seattle, including, but not limited to: homework help and after-school tutoring for children in Primary, Middle and High-School; ESL, Citizenship and Computer Literacy classes for Adults; Case Management and Interpretation/Translation services.