የኢትዮጵያ ኮሚኒቲ በሲያትል

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The Ethiopian Community in Seattle's unique organizational combination of membership and social services provides an opportunity to directly involve the community, including those who participate in our programs and services, in the mission of the agency and to help shape its future. Our programs reflect the needs of our community as the needs of our community are reflected in our programs.

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Senior Meal Program

This program provides a fun environment for seniors to eat and socialize. Participants begin the program with light exercise, followed by lunch and a discussion lead by the members. Seniors must be 65 or older to participate.

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After-School Tutoring

We offer after-school tutoring Monday through Thursday throughout the school year. This year, tutoring will begin on Monday, October 18th and will feature a brand new computer science club! Stay tuned for more details.

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Civic Engagement ESL

Learn English through our Civic Engagement ESL course, which focuses on voter engagement, learning about local government, and citizenship rights. Class takes place on Wednesdays from 12:30 - 2:30.

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Youth Leadership Program

This program is intended for youth ages 12 - 18 years. Students will learn skills in Leadership, Community Service, Ethiopian Language and culture. It runs on the first Saturday of every month from 3 PM - 6 PM

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Cultural Immersion Class

This class is intended for youth 6-12 years old. Our volunteers teach students Amharic, Ethiopian culture and art, and feature a variety of leadership skills building. Classes are held on Saturdays and begin in October.

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Ekub Program

Every week, Ekub participants gather to learn about a new resource or topic and contribute money to support their own financial stability. Registration for the Fall cycle has closed but registration will reopen in November.

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The Ethiopian Community in Seattle offers a variety of services to the public regardless of membership. Some of our services are fee-based but many of our social services are not.

Amharic and English Notarization

Get documents translated and notarized for a small fee. For questions or to create an appointment, send us an email.

Rentals

We offer a variety of rooms and rental options. Special rates for members and non-profit organization are available.

Case Management

ECS staff speak several East African languages and can share resources with each client to help them meet their needs. Social services are the backbone of our mission.

Immigration Services

Apply for citizenship, petition to bring a loved one, green cards and more. Services are available by appointment only.

Housing Referrals

Get assistance with housing applications, housing search support, shelter referrals, Section 8 voucher and other low income housing applications.

Employment

We coordinate with employers, help with resume support, and job searches to provide our clients with the right resources to find jobs.

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Every staff member at ECS is of Ethiopian descent. Nearly all of our staff members were born and raised in Ethiopia. Having immigrated to the US themselves and experienced those challenges, our staff members are able to identify with our client population on a personal level and provide customized service plans and support that address their individual needs.

Hirut Dube

Case Manager

Hirut Dube has been an employee at ECS for over 5 years. In her career, Hirut has supported thousands of clients become citizens, get jobs, and move into homes.

Rahel Gaguro

Development and Operations Coordinator

Rahel Gaguro is a Rainier Valley Corps fellow. She's was formerly an Amharic teacher at ECS and is excited to be back to support our mission. 

Meron Kasahun

Executive Director

Meron Kasahun is a Seattle native and has grown up closely within the Ethiopian community. She is a recent graduate from Bryn Mawr College and has been a long-time ECS volunteer.

Tesfa Melaku

ESL and Voter Engagement Coordinator

Tesfa Melaku is a Companis volunteer. Tesfa's career began as a lawyer in international adoption law. Now, Tesfa uses her experience to teach our ESL course and support voter registration and education.

Febben Fekadu

Programs and Community Engagement Coordinator

Febben is an RVC fellow with extensive experience in social services and youth development. Febben has been very active in the Ethiopian community through her volunteer work. 

Menbere Tadesse

Cafe Manager

Menbere Tadesse has been working for ECS as a volunteer since 2010. Menbere manages our on-site coffee shop, which is open from 10 AM - 6 PM Monday - Friday.

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