During the past year, VFA has been busy developing a strategic research project for the Vietnamese community of Seattle. The Community Action Research and Empowerment (CARE) Project received $95,100 from the Department of Neighborhoods to launch this project. Of the 19 projects accepted for the Large Project Matching Fund, VFA scored 93%, the highest among this year’s grant recipients. An awards ceremony with Mayor Greg Nickels was held on Saturday, August 29 at the Greenwood Boys and Girls Club for all recipients.
CARE is a participatory action research project, which will involve all aspects of the community, from youth to elders, families to business owners, and even those outside of the Vietnamese community. Since its inception, the CARE project has received an overwhelming response of support for the general community, including the Somali Community Services, Catholic Community Services, Campana Quetzal, just to name a few. Over 15 individuals, organizations and agencies contributed letters of support for VFA’s application to the Large Project Fund.
AC meeting marks VFA’s first community building project
CARE’s Advisory Committee, which involves 10-12 volunteers from various communities in Seattle, gathered for the first time at the VFA office last Wednesday to discuss responsibilities and strategies in forming the Community Task Force and Youth Action Team. The research will approximately take 12-18 months to complete, while bearing the following goals for the Vietnamese community of Seattle:
1. Promote greater civic participation
2. Foster positive youth development
3. Provide an opportunity for integenerational collaboration
4. Develop a community based plan that is transferrable to other communities.
For additional information regarding VFA’s CARE project, please click here.