2017-2018 Grantee Partners

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

AACI is the largest community-based organization focused on the Asian community in Santa Clara County (SCC). Their mission is to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of community members through an array of services and programs for the largely low-income, immigrant, and limited English proficient. The KACF-SF 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
Grant Amount: $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 a new project to raise awareness and discussion within the Korean American community around mental health issues. Community outreach and education efforts include creating video vignettes and a 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)
Grant Amount: $28,000
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.  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area (BBBSBA)
Korean American Youth Mentoring Project
Grant Amount: $20,000
BBBSBA seeks to give all children in the Bay Area who face adversity an opportunity to experience a strong, enduring professionally supported mentoring relationship with adults that will help change their lives for the better. The KACF-SF grant allows BBBSBA to expand their successful model to the Korean American community. The project explores creating a targeted mentoring program to match underserved, vulnerable Korean American children with Korean American adults to support positive youth development.

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

KACS is the largest community-based non-profit organization serving Korean Americans in the South Bay focused on serving the underprivileged. KACS programs largely serve the elderly, low-income families and individuals, recent immigrants and youth. The KACF-SF grant supports the KACS Care program that provides transportation services to highly isolated seniors with limited mobility (due to physical and/or mental disabilities) and living in subsidized housing (See Grantee Spotlight below).

Korean American Senior Citizens League of Santa Clara County (KASCL)
General Operations/Capacity Building
Grant Amount: up to $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.  The KACF-SF grant enhances the center’s ability to professionalize its operations and expand their programs and services for seniors in Santa Clara County.

Korean American Senior Services, Inc. (KASSI)
General Operations/Capacity Building
Grant Amount: up to $25,000
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
Grant Amount: $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. The KACF-SF 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.

Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS)
Korean Senior Outreach (Asian Family Institute)
Grant Amount: $30,000
RAMS is a private, non-profit mental health agency that is committed to advocating for and providing community based, culturally-competent, and consumer-guided comprehensive services, with an emphasis on serving Asian & Pacific Islander Americans. KACF-SF grant supports the program seeks to decrease Korean seniors’ social isolation and improve their overall wellbeing, directly address service gaps, and identify challenges and obstacles that make it difficult for Korean seniors to access mental health support services.