2019-2020 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 Women’s Shelter (AWS)
Koreans Preventing & Ending Abuse Through Community Engagement (K-PEACE)
Community Grant: $30,000
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. KACF-SF funding supports expansion of Korean-language resources, outreach, and services.

East Bay Korean American Senior Services Center (EBKASSC)
General Operating/Meals Program
Community Grant: $15,000

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)
Intensive Needs Assessment
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 a needs assessment that will target first immigrant Korean Americans in the Bay Area to identify barriers and challenges in their lives. The findings will inform KACS on how to better assist the immigrant population and what types of social services to offer.

Korean American Senior Citizens League of Santa Clara County (KASCL)
General Operating/Meals Program
Community Grant: $10,800
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 supports the center’s ability to continue its meal program and enrichment programming for seniors in Santa Clara County.

Korean American Senior Services, Inc. (KASSI)
General Operating/Meals Program
Community Grant: $22,000
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 provide nutritious meals and services to Korean seniors in San Francisco.


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