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The Ethiopian Community Los Angeles is a non-political, non-religious, non-profit, and tax exempted civic organization aiming at serving all Ethiopians living in the greater Los Angeles area of Southern California.  ECLA is an all-inclusive organization committed to address social, economic, and educational needs of the community; and promoting culture, history, and heritage of Ethiopia at large.


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


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Ethiopian Community Los Angeles

1439 N.Highland Avenue #203

Los Angeles, CA 90028


info@ ecloangeles.org

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