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The Ethiopian Community Los Angeles, ECLA, is an inclusive, nonpolitical, and nonreligious civic organization aiming to address the social, economic, and educational needs of Ethiopian immigrants, and others in similar situations, residing in the Greater Los Angeles area of Southern California. ECLA is committed to promote the history and the cultural heritage of Ethiopia at large.


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  • 20 Oct 2022 10:42 PM | Yonas Assefa (Administrator)

    Hello,

    ECLA has started its' Academic Tutoring Program and Senior Program

    Academic Tutoring.pdf

    ECLA Senior Program.pdf

  • 18 Sep 2022 7:49 AM | Anonymous

    September was a busy transition month at ECLA.

    At the gathering of the Third General Assembly on September 3,2022, the founding board members were recognized for their three-year service and the newly elected board members were seamlessly brought onboard. We wish to thank both the Election Committee and all our members that were involved in the recruitment process for a job well done. We gained eight new board members and four more advisory council members. This new group will serve a two-year term.

    We also took time to salute our subcommittee volunteers some of whom had completed one year of service, and some had completed two years of service. These outstanding groups of volunteers carried ECLA through the turbulent two-year pandemic period where we had to make a pivot to being a virtual nonprofit to meet the dire needs of our communities. We were able to livestream two to three expert panel discussions monthly on timely topics such as Covid-19, remote learning, parenting, financial literacy, and various mental health topics. We have uploaded our video links to our website for your convenience and we are now tailoring our services to in-person delivery.

    As we get ready to launch the in-person services, we would like to make a plea for more of you to join our volunteer teams. We need more helpers in our Education, Youth, Public Relations, and Parenting subcommittees. ECLA volunteers share the values of inclusiveness, teamwork, accountability, celebrating diversity, and being responsive to community needs. There is a place on our team for everyone. Contact us at info@eclosangeles.org.

    We contracted with two Taproot Foundation marketing research volunteers in August to help us understand who our supporters were and what connected them to ECLA. We sent out a survey to our seven hundred plus supporters, but only received 41 responses back which made the sample size too small for a valid interpretation. Just over half of the responders stated they understood ECLA’s mission and that they would renew their memberships. They identified mental health, senior services, housing, and youth services as the most needed services too. We plan to send out the survey again during our

    Fall Fundraising Dinner. Information will be forthcoming soon.

    We completed implementing our first two-year strategic plan in August, therefore the first order of business the new board will be working on will be developing ECLA’s Five Year Strategic Plan. We are also focusing on grant writing to help fund our mission centric programs.

    It is with great excitement that we kickoff the next two years.

    As always, do not hesitate to contact us with your questions and comments.

    Warm regards,

    Hirout Dagnew

    Executive Director

    ecla.ed@eclosangeles.org

  • 31 Aug 2022 8:32 AM | Yonas Assefa (Administrator)

    Dear Friend:

    Our General Assembly is on September 3rd, 2022. 

    As you are an integral part of ECLA your attendance is expected. 

    This year as you know we will be transitioning from the first founding group of board members to the next elected group of board members. We need you to show up and vote for the next group that will be running ECLA. The Elections Committee will be announcing the candidates soon.

    We will also be amending a few articles in our Bylaws. We are embedding links in this letter, so you have more time to examine the documents before you come to vote on September 3rd. Please make sure to visit our website to renew or become a new member at www.eclosangeles.org . We suggest you use the pay online choice and not the “invoice me” choice. You can also use Zelle at 323-508-9960. Regular membership is $60, and Retirees pay $30.

    Please find the Amharic Bylaws link here, and the Amharic version of the proposed amendment link here. If you prefer the English version, please click here for the Bylaws and here for the amendments.

    To celebrate ECLA’s third year, an award ceremony will be held for the exiting board members, and we will recognize our volunteers who have kept us afloat all throughout the pandemic.

    The assembly will be held 3pm-5pm in the Rotunda Room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City, 90230.

     The assembly will only last two hours so please arrive on time.

    We will have a Q&A session after the presentations. 

    The Program of Events will be emailed separately.

    Kind Regards,

    Martha Tadesse

    ECLA Chair

    eclachair@eclosangeles.org


  • 16 Aug 2022 3:07 PM | Yonas Assefa (Administrator)

    Dear ECLA members and supporters,

    ECLA is dedicated to bringing about positive impact on our community. This is only possible with contribution and participation of our community members. ECLA’s Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) humbly asks for your support in finding qualified individuals to fill our vacant positions. You are welcome to nominate yourself or someone you know to serve in the following vacant positions. Please use the attached Nomination Form to submit your nomination. You can email the Nomination Form to elections@eclosangeles.org. Once we receive all the nominations, we will send out an email introducing the candidates. The NEC appreciates your support.  Please see below the list all available positions including the roles and responsibilities of those positions.

    Roles and Responsibilities for the Vacant Positions:

    1.     The Board: (8 open positions out of 11).

    • Board Member at Large: (5 open positions) The board is the higher body that ensures the activities of ECLA follow the bylaws and is accountable to the General Assembly. The board meets quarterly to oversee the executive committee, hear executive director’s report, steer organization’s strategic direction, examine and approve long-term and short-term project proposals, monitor appropriate handling of finances, engage in fundraising, approve employee hiring and compensation, sets policies and procedures, and works in smaller standing committees throughout the year.

    Board Officer Positions

    • Board Secretary: (1 open position) The Secretary takes and keeps minutes of the ECLA board meetings and the General Assembly meetings, maintains all records including a current membership roster, prepares inbound and outbound letters and sends them to the intended parties, performs all duties assigned by the chairperson, is one of the organizations check signer, and communicates calls for regular and/or emergency meetings following the Chairperson’s directive.
    • Board Public Relation Officer: (1 open position) The PR officer prepares current information on ECLA’s activities and disseminates it to the community via print and digital channels, maintains website, prepares video recordings of the general assembly, board, and the executive board meetings and files them, every six months prepares a magazine for distribution to ECLA’s members, interviews responsible parties on current and timely topics, and coordinates with members to implement necessary functions, following up on progress and completion of the work.
    • Board Treasurer: (1 open position) The treasurer dutifully manages the organization’s revenues and expenses, follows up and ensures membership annual fees are paid, ensures that the funds coming into the organization are recorded and receipts are provided to the senders, ensures that all funds received are deposited within 24 hours into the ECLA bank account, ensures director or chair have approved invoices and expenses prior to paying, ensures checks are signed by 2 out of the 4 assigned persons.

    2.     The Advisory Board: (4 open positions out of 5) The advisory board counsels the ECLA board on matters of social, cultural, educational, and legal issues. They are responsible for resolving conflicts or issues regarding best practices when it arises among board members, standing committees, or the general assembly. They are accountable to the general assembly.

    3.     The Auditors: (3 open positions out of 3) The auditors provide detailed reports every six months to the board to ensure all accounts and finance expenditures follow the bylaws, and once a year prepare audited reports to the board, the executive committee, and the General Assembly. They ensure all financial policies and procedures of ECLA are followed in all departments accordingly, and within budget and time set for planned projects.


  • 1 Aug 2022 7:56 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Sir/Madam:

    We are pleased to inform you that the Ethiopian Community Los Angeles will be hosting an in person General Assembly meeting to commemorate its third-year anniversary. The General Assembly will bring together our members, and prospective members for a meeting which is scheduled to take place on September 3rd, 2022, 3:00pm-5:00pm.

    The General Assembly is a remarkable event that will bring together Ethiopians residing in Los Angeles together to participate in the democratic life of ECLA. Members will have the opportunity to hear the reading of the previous General Assembly meeting minutes, approve the audited financial statements, approve the annual budget, approve amendments and additions to bylaw, receive the report of the advisory board, and transact other business as needed.  

    This September marks the end of the three-year term for ECLA’s first group of board members.

    Join us to celebrate the outgoing board members and elect the new group of incoming board members. Our election committee has been diligently recruiting qualified prospective board members these past few months. Your attendance and participation is highly encouraged so that we are able to complete a seamless transition to the next governing body. 

    The General Assembly meeting is also an opportunity for the board to share the annual report including challenges and successes of the past year. The board will provide an opportunity for dialogue with its members and other stakeholders. 

    We hope to see you at the upcoming meeting. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information.    

    Martha Tadesse, ECLA Chair

    Ethiopian Community Los Angeles

    Email:  eclachair@eclosangeles.org.  Tel:  323-508-3233

  • 23 Jun 2022 3:23 PM | Yonas Assefa (Administrator)

    Greetings, 

    Mission: The Ethiopian Community Los Angeles, ECLA, is a non-political, non-religious, and tax exempted civic organization aiming at serving all Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans living in the Greater Los Angeles area of Southern California. ECLA is an all-inclusive organization committed to address the social, economic, and educational needs of the community; and promote the cultural heritage of Ethiopia at large. ECLA collaboratively works with various similar local organizations to address the needs of its community and beyond.

    Special Bulletin: ECLA hosted an outdoor picnic on May 14,2022 and conducted a special general assembly to nominate and vote for an election committee to recruit new board members for the September 2022 election. Our current ECLA board members’ term ends this September. Current ECLA board members are eligible to run for a second term. We would like to introduce our new election committee: Chair Faben Fantu, Vice Chair Thomas Amare, Tafesse Woubshet, and Abebe Woldetsadik and Belete Woldeyohannes who stepped up to continue serving through September elections. We thank all of them for their dedication to serve our community. You will be hearing from them directly over the next few weeks on matters related to nominating candidates for the 2022-2024 term.

    Roles and Responsibilities for Elected Positions

     1.The Board: (8 open positions out of 11) The board is the higher body that ensures the activities of ECLA follow the bylaws and is accountable to the General Assembly. The board meets quarterly to oversee the executive committee, hear executive director’s report, steer organization’s strategic direction, examine and approve long-term and short-term project proposals, monitor appropriate handling of finances, engage in fundraising, approve employee hiring and compensation, sets policies and procedures, and works in smaller standing committees throughout the year.

    2. The Advisory Board: (4 open positions out of 5) The advisory board counsels the ECLA board on matters of social, cultural, educational, and legal issues. They are responsible for resolving conflicts or issues regarding best practices when it arises among board members, standing committees, or the general assembly. They are accountable to the general assembly.

    3. Board Secretary: (1 open position) The Secretary takes and keeps minutes of the ECLA board meetings and the General Assembly meetings, maintains all records including a current membership roster, prepares inbound and outbound letters and sends them to the intended parties, performs all duties assigned by the chairperson, is one of the organizations check signer, and communicates calls for regular and/or emergency meetings following the Chairperson’s directive.

    4. Board Public Relation Officer: (1 open position) The PR officer prepares current information on ECLA’s activities and disseminates it to the community via print and digital channels, maintains website, prepares video recordings of the general assembly, board, and the executive board meetings and files them, every six months prepares a magazine for distribution to ECLA’s members, interviews responsible parties on current and timely topics, and coordinates with members to implement necessary functions, following up on progress and completion of the work.

    5. Board Treasurer: (1 open position) The treasurer dutifully manages the organization’s revenues and expenses, follows up and ensures membership annual fees are paid, ensures that the funds coming into the organization are recorded and receipts are provided to the senders, ensures that all funds received are deposited within 24 hours into the ECLA bank account, ensures director or chair have approved invoices and expenses prior to paying, ensures checks are signed by 2 out of the 4 assigned persons.

    6. The Auditors: (3 open positions out of 3) The auditors provide detailed reports every six months to the board to ensure all accounts and finance expenditures follow the bylaws, and once a year prepare audited reports to the board, the executive committee, and the General Assembly. They ensure all financial policies and procedures of ECLA are followed in all departments accordingly, and within budget and time set for planned projects.

    Sincerely,

    The ECLA Chair & Director

    Martha Tadesse

    Hirout Dagnew

                                                           Email: info@eclosangeles.org

                                                      Website: www.eclosangeles.org

                                                                Tel. 323-506-9960


  • 21 Jun 2022 10:10 AM | Yonas Assefa (Administrator)


    June Newsletter

    Dear Friend:

    June 21 marks the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and kicks off the start of summer. School is out and we hope you will all get to enjoy the sunshine over the next few months.

    Membership: The membership portal on our website is self-service. If you were a member last year but have not visited our website in 2022, please log in with “forgot my password” to verify your email and renew your membership. Your email is one of the unique identifiers so please do not share with another family member. Our membership portal on our website eclosangeles.org is one of the ways you can become a member. We also accept Zelle payments at 323-508-9960, ECLA, just be sure to write your full name, correct email, and phone number in the memo box. If you are a brand-new member, use the sign-up button or pay through Zelle. You can select from two membership levels, regular or retired, $60 or $30 paid annually.

    It is important to note that while we have around 700 supporters receiving our newsletters, we only have a fraction of that number that have paid membership status.

    Only paid members can vote at our assemblies and drive ECLA’s strategic direction.

    Grants: We would like to share that we are currently grant ready except for one criterion. To qualify to apply for Federal grants nonprofits must show an annual revenue of 50K. Unfortunately, we have not met that criterion. However, we want to share that if all our supporters paid their annual membership dues, we would easily fulfill that requirement. Some of our planned projects are on hold while we await funding.

    Youth: The ECLA membership is open to anyone 18yr and above. We are currently exploring ways to reach our 12-17year group as we move towards in-person events. We

    are interested in hearing from you. Our Youth Team is looking forward to starting a youth sports team and we will be inviting you to join us on a field day soon.

    Senior Citizens: Los Angeles County offers a lot of benefits and services to senior citizens. Our Senior Citizen team is exploring ways to bring these services to our Ethiopian community. We are looking to start a nutrition and elder fitness program soon.

    Social/Cultural: We have a book signing event on Sunday June 26 between 4-6pm at Messob Restaurant in Little Ethiopia. The author is Seleshi Shawel and the book title is Dej. Balcha Safo. All are welcome to attend.

    Mental Health: We are planning a series of monthly workshops. We will let you know once we secure a venue for these events.

    Buna Time: We are available on the first Saturday of each month at 10am to listen to our community. Look out for the zoom invite. Log in if you have questions, comments, or suggestions for us. The next session is on July 2, 2022. If you are interested in volunteering at ECLA please feel free to join us to ask questions too.

    Tutoring: We are pleased to announce that we have a volunteer chemistry professor who has offered to tutor high school and college chemistry through zoom. We would like to invite seriously committed students to contact us. The sessions will help students preparing for tests and those interested in catching up over the summer. If you are interested in signing up, please email us your contact info at info@eclosangeles.org .

    We will take students on a first come first served basis, since we can only do two hours a week for now. We are interested in offering math and other subject tutoring so if you can volunteer to teach this summer over zoom, please contact us too.

    AmazonSmile: This is a program that allows Amazon to give a percentage back to charities. ECLA is now a registered charity at AmazonSmile. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases at no cost to you. You will receive the same services as the Amazon you know. We would like all our supporters to sign up or sign into your existing accounts and at checkout, scroll down to find ECLA. This will create a passive income for us, and we will receive quarterly checks.

    Pro Bono Lawyers: We have community needs in the areas of family law and immigration services. Please contact us if you can join our ECLA pro bono legal team.

    Hirout Dagnew

    Executive Director

    ecla.ed@eclosangeles.org


  • 22 Apr 2022 2:14 PM | eclawebeditor (Administrator)


    Spring 2022 Newsletter: Ethiopian Community Los Angeles, ECLA

    Spring is here and we are in full bloom!

    Websitewww.eclosangeles.org

    Our website is now live, and we are eagerly awaiting your visit. Thank you for your patience as it did take longer than expected to build. The work was completed through the generosity of a Taproot Foundation volunteer, Anthony Mengesha, and through the contracted services of a web design company, Sitetobeseen. We have a variety of ECLA documents posted for your reading pleasure including our Bylaws and Annual Reports, and we are in the process of migrating our educational videos to our site. 

    Membership Renewal: We would like everyone to visit our website. The membership process has changed and if you were previously a paid member in 2021, we would like to invite you to log in through “Forgot My Password” to create a new password and to verify your email. This will give you access to renew your 2022 membership or find your membership expiration date. If you are a new member, we would like you to select your membership level, Regular or Retired, create a new profile, and pay your membership dues. Please click the newsletter subscribe button so we can activate your subscription as well. With the new website you will be managing your own membership account. 

    What Do We Do? We get asked this question frequently. We are currently a virtual nonprofit looking to transition to a hybrid model in the coming months. We have spent the last two years putting out educational livestreams in many different topics, as well as bridging the gap to accessing our city, county, and state resources. We respond to calls from the community asking for assistance related to mental health, homelessness, domestic abuse, and immigration issues. We currently work in collaboration with other nonprofits in the Los Angeles area, until such time we are ready to offer services from our own brick and mortar building.

    Fundraising Campaigns: We are pleased to share that in 2021 we raised 17 thousand dollars of which over half came from membership dues and the rest from the different fundraising campaigns we implemented. For 2022 each board member has individually pledged to raise one thousand dollars each, and this campaign, “Anniversary Give or Get”, will end next month on May 21,2022. We are hoping to be better placed post pandemic to raise even more funds to drive our mission centric services.

    Ethiopian Community Organizations’ Panel: On April 9, 2022, we hosted fellow Ethiopian Community nonprofit leadership teams from major cities for a virtual zoom panel. This was the first of its kind gathering and it was very productive. Our teams wanted to hear about the successes and struggles of the other ECs, and a panel was born. Our first panelists were invited from the EC organizations from Seattle and Chicago and both leadership teams very generously answered all the audience questions. The Q&A sessions were most informative. We wrapped up with the understanding that we would find ways to sustain these meetings in the future. The next gathering in the works will be hosted in August by EC Kansas City, and they will invite EC Atlanta and Dallas as panelists, and the other cities as guests. Some of these organizations have put in 30 plus years in community service and we will learn a lot from them.

    Succession Planning: As many of our founding board members, advisory board, auditors, and volunteers begin to wind down their elected terms and services, we are intensely looking for volunteers to staff the next two years. We are recruiting for new board members for the election in September 2022. We are pleased to share that at our last recruitment event we have added a handful of new volunteers, and two subcommittee members, Yonas Assefa and Yekuno Woldeyesus, have stepped up to continue to help us deliver our important services as interim board members. They will both officially run in the September election along with other nominated candidates and any other founding members seeking re-election. On May 14,2022 we will be holding an outdoor gathering, “Spring Fest 2022”, to get to know our community members in a relaxed and fun environment. We hope you will all join us and allow us to hear from you and help us get to know you better. We will make time that day to vote in and convene a new election committee for the September election. Succession planning is important because it will ensure that our organization has the right people with the right skills, capabilities, and experiences in the right place at the right time. Please help us by paying your membership dues and by showing up to vote for the election committee. 

    Monthly Buna Time: One of the things shared by the Seattle leadership team was their monthly zoom Q&A Kurse coffee time with the community. We are borrowing that idea and are excited to share that we will be implementing this starting the first Saturday of each month beginning on May 7th at 10am. We hope you will join us to share your thoughts and ask questions. Be on the look-out for the zoom invite.

    Member Spotlight: We would like to put the spotlight on Martha Negash, one of our staunchest supporters. She believes in our mission and shares our vision for a strong Ethiopian community in Los Angeles. Martha is a due paying member and what we call a “recurring donor”. What makes her stand out is her zeal in recruiting new ECLA members. She has so far brought in 18 new members and at the same time generously participated in our different fundraising campaigns. ECLA salutes her!

    Thank you all, as always, for being with us!

    Hirout Dagnew

    Executive Director

    ecla.ed@eclosangeles.org

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