Our Goal The East Bay Korean-American Senior Services Center is committed to serving the Korean and Korean-American elderly population of the East Bay. To this end, the Center provides access to community resources and public assistance programs and facilitating Korean language communication is a particular focus. The community at large will benefit from the continued involvement of our physically and mentally strong elders.
History of the Center In 1979, several East Bay Korean and Korean-American community leaders recognized the need for a Korean Senior Center, which they founded in January 1980. Since then, the Korean Senior Center has served seniors by providing educational programs, social services, and a meals program. The population served by the Center soon expanded and in 1983 the founders purchased the present building to serve the needs of the seniors. The Center was granted non-profit status [501 C(3), 94-2813695 in 2000 and it began publication of a Korean newsletter. Each month, the Center serves more than 1,200 Korean seniors whose needs would otherwise remain unmet. This Center has become the largest gathering place in the East Bay for Korean and Korean-American seniors.
More than a Senior Center This Center has become a focal point of community interaction with and for the Korean elderly. Becoming old can be difficult. Language and cultural barriers are potentially stress-inducing for some members of this population, which is growing in numbers while resources are decreasing. Korean and Korean-American seniors believe that the more meaningfully involved we are both with each other and the community-at-large, the more satisfied we will be with our lives. The Center is open to all seniors in the East Bay area, regardless of race, religion, or country of origin. The Center has been operated by volunteers with limited funds from Alameda County, donations from the Korean business community, private donors, and the seniors themselves.
Recent Donations Hanalum Golf Club $500 Sanho Back, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Korean Society of South Florida $500 Northern California Korean Drycleaners Association $2,000 Hana Japan $1,000 CABOJA House - Keun You $300 BBCN Bank - Gift Certificate Koreana Plaza $300 Oakland Chamber of Commerce $500 The Grayton Casino Chair of the Board of Directors, Seung Ku Kang, donated $650 a one-day trip to the seniors. East Bay Regional Park sponsorship of a BBQ and tour of the park on 8/28/2014 (date is tentative) A casino (unnamed at this time) is sponsoring the Center.Trip to Ardenwood Park (Fremont). See http://www.ebparks/ardenwood Jonathan Il Han Kim & his sister have helped the Center to purchase equpment (6/10/2014) - $1,500 OTO received $10,000 for 5000 for equipment and 5000 for C-1 Center received $20,000 (approximate) for 34th anniversary from members and Korean community. Result: paid $10K from debt & reduced loan interest rate to 4% from 8%. Alameda County Area Agency on Aging award one-time only money for the FY 2013-2014 $10,000 for kitchen equipment and C-1 program. Korean War Memorial Monument to be erected in the San Francisco Presidio. Center seniors donated $775 and $2,100 from Joanna Kim-Selby.
The seniors received a $10,000 grant received $10,000 from Korean American Community Foundation to operate for the transportation program for seniors. We pick up the seniors from their residences to the center and take them back. This is for transportation for the senior program effective December 14, 2014 through December 14, 2015.
$4,000 donation from Overseas Korean Foundation (Korea) via Consulate General for Citizenship Instruction Instruction Project. Used to fund for advertising for project via daily newspaper, weekly magazines, tv and radio station, plus Christian Times. Used to print 100 questions & answers for citizenship test in English & Korean, phonetically pronounced so senior can memorize this - 11/2016.
Joanna Kim-Selby was recently awarded a Community Leadership Award from the Korean American Community Foundation in early May 2016 at a 300 seat black tie dinner at the San Francisco Four Season Hotel.
Ms. Selby has also met the new South Korean Consul General (a former North America Bureau Chief). Ms. Selby sent a thank you letter and sent a copy to the KACF's office.
Approximately $500,000 was raised in early May 2016 at the KACF event and the money raised will most likely be used for grants and salaries, but this is to be determined. Kudos to our leader for her grant writing skills.
We are somewhat belatedly mentioning $150,000 from the Overseas Korean Foundation to build the Social Service Hall. This was a modest step toward even bigger things in the 21st century.
7/19 - Dietician Tara Marino came on board.
10/7/2016 - Afternoon the Consul General Shin, Chae-hyun had a courtesy visit to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.and Joanna Selby accompanied him. 10/10/16 the seniors observed the Alameda County Commission on Aging Meeting thus they learned the mainstream's political process and also they learned where the C-1 and Community Service Funding comes from.
We now give Citizenship Instructions on Tue. Th, Sat. Sunday 4 days a week to gear up to produce new citizens. We have produced new citizens so far 80+ people. We provided voting instructions on 10/21 and 10/28/2016 to our seniors and community Koreans.
10/15/2016 KAYLP Korean American Youth Leadership Program of Santa Clara will visit once a month to serve meals to the seniors and make friendly visits among themselves which is an inter-generational visit. 10/25-27/2016 California Senior Legislature had a session to discuss the senior issues. Last year we did not have the session as there was not enough donation of $250,000 came in from the citizens. This year Gov. Jerry Brown allocated from General Fund $500,000 for our session. Thank you, Jerry Brown.
10/21 & 10/28/2016 - Voting instructions for seniors.
11/3/2016 Pyeongtack City Mayor is going to have a courtesy visit to Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf prelude to the Sister City Program. 11/17/2016 - Casino trip sponsored by the Center.
Preparation for report re: $4,000 and Pyeongtack City Mayor Kang Jae Kwang's courtesy visit to Oakland City Mayor Libby Schaaf - 11/2016
11/19 & 12/17/2016 - Thanksgiving & Christmas preparations. Chickens purchased from Alameda County Food Bank to be distributed to our members & the Chinese community c/o our Center.
We provide five days a week ethnic food (Tuesday through Saturday) using Older Americans Act Funds from the Federal government. We must make estate planning for our program, because we own our building in downtown Oakland and we have to leave our legacy to our 1.5 and 2nd generations. They can create a better society for themselves. We immensely thankful to the U.S. government that have provided the funds for the past 15 years. It was overwhelming to see over 400 1.5 and 2nd generations of professional Korean-Americans filled in the room and supporting the first generation's accomplishments.
The first generation is move in to the political area this election year . We asked the candidates to come to the center to tell us his/her visions of the State of California. Joanna is sending a Korean to learn to be a poll worker. At the same time, Ms. Selby is providing Korean history to the seniors who did not have chance to learn the Korean history because the country was occupied by the Japanese during our growing years.
8~9/2017 - EBKASSC is happy to announce pending partnership between the Ko-Am Senior Services Center & KONO CBD (www.konooakland.org), as well as recognition by Libby Schaaf (Mayor of Oakland) for the community resources and public assistance the EBKASSC provides. These organizations provide vitality in the KONO (Koreatown Northgate) Community Benefit District.
10/2017 - Executive Director Selby is now the liaison between the City of Oakland & the City of Pyeongtaek (South Korea), with the goal establishing sister city relations. On 10/2/2017, the Pyeongtaek City Group arrived & signed a MOU on 10/3/2017 in Oakland Mayor Schaaf's conference room. Soon after Mrs. Selby, there was a Korean flag raising ceremony at Oakland City Plaza. Then, lunch was served to our guests at the Senior Center.
Starting 10/6/2017, the first Friday of every month, we will join KONO (Koreatown Northgate (27 to 37 Telegraph Avenue). There was a festive celebration. The Senior Center Choir performed along with performers from Pyeongtaek. In 11/2017, another group will perform.
The Pyeogtaek group visited Sacramento to tour the Senate and Assembly chambers, so they could observe the California legislative process. bet Our contact is Assemblyman Rob Bonta, whose office will operate between the district and Sacramento offices, as EBKASSC will appear on the assemblyman's computer system.
Mrs. Selby is helping to organize a younger men's group, the Oakland & East Bay Korean American Association, in their 30's~70's.
The EBKASSC is coordinating with the Oak Center Town's Korean group by joining together for meals. Translation for documents in English will continue.