2018-2019 Grantee Partners

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

Korean American Citizenship and Civic Engagement Project

Community Grant: $25,000

APILO is a legal aid organization providing legal, social and educational services for marginalized segments of API and immigrant communities. KACF-SF’s grant supports APILO’s project to educate the Korean American community in the San Francisco Bay Area of their legal rights, encourage and assist those eligible to apply for US citizenship, and encourage civic engagement to ensure the stability of immigrant communities for years to come.

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)
Korean Information & Wellness Initiative (KIWI)
Community Grant: $30,000

As the largest community-based organization focused on the Asian community in Santa Clara County (SCC), AACI’s mission is to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of community members through an array of services and programs. KACF-SF’s grant supports education, outreach, and referral services to increase acceptance of and access to mental health services by Korean American community members in SCC.

Asian Health Services (AHS)
Health & Wellbeing for Koreans (HAWK) Project
Community Grant: $30,000
AHS provides access to affordable and comprehensive health care for mostly immigrant and refugee Asian communities in the East Bay. Services are provided in 12 Asian languages, including Korean. KACF-SF’s grant supports AHS’s project in raising awareness and discussion within the Korean American community around mental health issues. Community outreach and education efforts include creating video vignettes, video screening, and community discussion aimed at decreasing stigma and increasing access to mental health services.

Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS)
Koreans Preventing & Ending Abuse Thru Community Engagement (K-PEACE)
Community Grant: $24,000
AWS provides emergency shelter, crisis line, and individualized wrap-around support services for survivors of domestic violence. Their Multilingual Access Model Program offers services in 42 languages including Korean, through a network of trained Language Advocates.  

East Bay Korean American Senior Services Center (EBKASSC)
Meals Program

Community Grant: $20,000

EBKASSC is a senior center based in Oakland that provides meals, classes and social gatherings for low-income seniors. KACF-SF’s grant supports EBKASSC’s meals program, which provides balanced lunch and enrichment activities to promote the physical and mental well being of seniors.

Korean American Community Services of Silicon Valley (KACS)
Community Grant: $30,000

KACS is the largest community-based non-profit organization serving Korean Americans in the South Bay. KACS programs largely serve the elderly, low-income families and individuals, recent immigrants and youth. KACF-SF’s grant supports the KACS Care program that provides transportation services to highly isolated seniors who live in subsidized housing and/or have limited mobility due to physical and/or mental disabilities.

Korean American Senior Citizens League of Santa Clara County (KASCL)
General Operations/Capacity Building
Community Grant: $10,000
KASCL’s mission is to keep Korean American seniors healthy and active by providing weekday lunches, exercise and enrichment classes, social service counseling, and citizenship preparation. KACF-SF’s grant enhances the center’s ability to streamline its operations and expand their programs and services for seniors in Santa Clara County.

Korean American Senior Services, Inc. (KASSI)
General Operations/Capacity Building
Community Grant: $10,000
KASSI seeks to improve the quality of life for Korean seniors living in San Francisco through services and programs, including engaging them as community service volunteers, running a food distribution program, serving lunches, and organizing social and community events. The KACF-SF grant supports the organization’s capacity to strengthen operations and improve services provided to Korean seniors in San Francisco.

Korean Community Center of the East Bay (KCCEB)
Senior Companionship Project: From Knowledge to Action 
Community Grant: $30,000

KCCEB’s mission is to empower the Korean and other immigrant communities in the Bay Area through education, advocacy, services, and the development of community-based resources. KACF-SF’s grant supports KCCEB’s efforts to aid isolated Korean seniors for mental health and wellness through development of Korean senior mental health volunteers known as “jikimee, community health protectors.” Over two years, the program will train at least 18 seniors as community jikimee leaders who will provide support to at least 30 isolated Korean elders. They will develop a culturally relevant and participatory training process and also develop mental health stigma reduction messaging and platforms through social media technology.


Q&A with Asian Women’s Shelter
Q&A with Asian Americans for Community Involvement Director of Behavioral Health Nira Singh
Q&A with Korean Community Center of the East Bay Executive Director June Lee
Q&A with Korean American Community Services, Inc. Executive Director Eunice Chun
Q&A with API Legal Outreach Staff Attorney Arami Youn