Welcome to ECAA
'Building Intergenerational Connections and Strengthening Community Resilience'
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering social and cultural initiatives that celebrate the vibrant diversity of Ethiopia. Our primary mission is to promote successful integration of Ethiopians into the wider American society while preserving their rich cultural heritage.
What we do
ECAA (Ethiopian Community Association in Atlanta) is dedicated to serving, empowering, and advancing the interests of Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans in Atlanta and its surrounding areas.
The Ethiopian Community Association in Atlanta (ECAA) has a rich history rooted in the commitment of a group of thoughtful Ethiopians who recognized the challenges faced by new arrivals in the Atlanta area. In 1983, these dedicated individuals gathered together with a common goal: to assist their fellow Ethiopians in adjusting to the new environment and building a better future.
With determination and a shared sense of purpose, they established the Ethiopian Community Association and officially incorporated it as a Georgia non-profit organization. This pivotal moment marked the beginning of our organization's journey to serve, empower, and advance the interests of Ethiopian and Ethiopian American individuals and families in Atlanta and its surrounding areas.
In recognition of our commitment to social impact and community development, the Ethiopian Community Association received a significant milestone: a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This achievement not only solidified our dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans but also enabled us to enhance our efforts and expand our reach.
Since then, the Ethiopian Community Association has evolved into a dynamic and influential organization that works tirelessly to help facilitate the integration of the next generation into American society. Our focus is on fostering a vibrant, well-informed, and connected Ethiopian American community while preserving our shared ancient and rich cultural heritage.
Through our various programs, initiatives, and collaborative partnerships, we have been able to create a supportive environment where Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans can find the resources, guidance, and assistance they need to thrive in their adopted home. From language and cultural classes to mentorship programs and community events, we strive to empower individuals, build bridges between generations, and strengthen the bonds that unite us.
As we reflect on our history, we remain deeply grateful for the vision and dedication of our founders, as well as the unwavering support and contributions of our members and volunteers throughout the years. Together, we continue to build upon our foundation and forge a brighter future for the Ethiopian and Ethiopian American community in Atlanta and beyond.
The Ethiopian Community Association in Atlanta operates as a non-profit, membership-based organization led by dedicated volunteers who serve as the Board of Directors and Executive Committee members. Through a democratic process, members of the association elect these individuals every two years during the general assembly to lead and guide the organization.
The Board of Directors and Executive Committee members play crucial roles in shaping the direction and activities of the Ethiopian Community Association. They work collaboratively to make important decisions, set strategic goals, and ensure the effective functioning of the association. Their commitment and passion for serving the Ethiopian and Ethiopian American community in Atlanta drive their efforts to make a positive impact.
The members of the Ethiopian Community Association have the opportunity to actively participate in the organization's affairs. Through their engagement, they contribute to the collective decision-making process and have a voice in shaping the association's activities and initiatives. The general assembly, consisting of association members, serves as the platform for democratic elections, where they choose the Board of Directors and Executive Committee members to lead the organization for the subsequent two-year term.
This democratic structure ensures that the Ethiopian Community Association remains accountable, transparent, and representative of its members' interests. By electing their leaders, members actively shape the direction of the association and ensure that their needs and aspirations are addressed.
The Ethiopian Community Association takes great pride in its grassroots approach, relying on the active involvement and participation of its members. Together, they work towards fulfilling the association's mission of serving, empowering, and advancing the interests of Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans in Atlanta and surrounding areas.
Becoming a member of the Ethiopian Community Association in Atlanta (ECAA) offers numerous advantages. Here are just a few examples:
- Community Connection: Membership provides the opportunity to meet and connect with diverse individuals from ECAA community. It offers a platform to build meaningful relationships, fostering a sense of belonging within a community of shared interests and experiences.
- Information Exchange: As a member, you gain access to a valuable network where you can exchange valuable information. Stay updated on important community news, events, and resources relevant to Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans in Atlanta and its surrounding areas.
- Idea Sharing: Being part of ECAA allows you to engage in vibrant discussions and idea sharing. Connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about community development, cultural preservation, and empowerment. By sharing your own insights and experiences, you contribute to the collective wisdom of the community.
- Events and Functions: Membership grants you exclusive access to a range of events and functions organized by the Ethiopian Community Association. Attend cultural celebrations, educational seminars, workshops, and social gatherings designed to enrich your understanding of Ethiopian heritage and promote community cohesion.
- EDIR Membership: As a member of ECAA, you have the opportunity to join EDIR—an esteemed Ethiopian traditional community organization. EDIR membership opens doors to deeper cultural engagement, participation in traditional ceremonies and rituals, and further connection with Ethiopian customs and traditions.
By becoming a member of ECAA, you embrace an enriching experience that allows you to forge meaningful connections, contribute to the community's growth, and actively participate in preserving Ethiopian cultural heritage.
Who is eligible for Ethiopian Community Association membership?
Membership in the Ethiopian Community Association is open to a broad range of individuals who meet the following criteria:
- Ethiopian Heritage: Individuals with Ethiopian heritage are warmly welcomed to join the association. Whether you were born in Ethiopia or have Ethiopian roots, your connection to Ethiopian culture and heritage is valued and embraced.
- Ethiopian and Ethiopian-American Residents: Residents of Atlanta and the surrounding areas, including Ethiopian and Ethiopian-American individuals, are eligible for membership. It doesn't matter if you are a permanent resident, a U.S. citizen, or hold any other legal status in the United States. Your residency in the area makes you eligible to become a member of the Ethiopian Community Association.
- Inclusivity: The Ethiopian Community Association embraces diversity and inclusivity. Regardless of your ethnicity, race, or religion, you are welcome to join the association and actively participate in its activities and initiatives. We believe in fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and valued, regardless of their background.
At the Ethiopian Community Association, we celebrate the rich tapestry of Ethiopian culture and heritage, and we recognize the importance of building a community that reflects the diversity of our members. By embracing individuals from various backgrounds, we create a vibrant and inclusive space where different perspectives and experiences are honored and shared.
If you meet any of the above criteria, we invite you to join the Ethiopian Community Association and become an integral part of our mission to serve, empower, and advance the interests of Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans in Atlanta and its surrounding areas.
The annual membership fee for the association is $30.00/person and if one chooses to be a member of Edir the annual membership is
Meet With ECAA Team
Pro. Tsehai Alemayehu