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Local Community Organizations

San Diego Public Library System

The San Diego Public Library System serves the residents of the City of San Diego, which encompasses an area of 342 square miles. The Library System consists of the Central Library, 35 branch libraries, and the adult literacy program office (READ/San Diego). The Department serves the educational, cultural, business, and recreational needs of San Diego's diverse communities through its collection of more than 3.4 million books and audio-visual materials, 4,012 periodical subscriptions, 1.6 million government documents, and over 265,000 books in 25 languages other than English. Electronic access is provided to the library catalog and many index and full-text databases in all library facilities and via the Internet.

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home

Little Saigon Foundation-San Diego

The Little Saigon Foundation-San Diego, is a non-profit organizations that strives to create a Little Saigon Business Districit in San Diego through a variety of projects which encompass commerce, community, and culture.

Media Arts Center San Diego

Media Arts Center San Diego mission statement: promotes access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change and supports the professional development of media artists. Their vision endorses the inclusion of underrepresented communities in the media arts field and the portrayal of accurate images of these communities by mainstream media and promotes community access to and use of media technology.

El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association

El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association was incorporated in 1988 for purposes of administering the Boulevard Central Business Improvement District. It assumed oversight of the Boulevard Gateway District in 1997. The principal mission of the Association is to improve physical and economic conditions along the 60 blocks of the Boulevard between Park Boulevard and 54th Street.

KPBS and Union Bank celebrate the 2010 Cultural Diversity Local Heroes
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Above: KPBS and Union Bank celebrate the 2010 Cultural Diversity Local Heroes

San Diego Asian Film Foundation

The San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF) is one of the largest media arts organizations in North America that focuses on Asian American and Asian international cinema. Their mission is to connect audiences with the human experience through the Pan Asian media arts. SDAFF hosts the annual Asian Film festival which takes place in October at the Hazard Center UltraStar Cinemas in Mission Valley, premiering more than 140 independent films from around the world.

Vietnamese American Youth Alliance

The Vietnamese American Youth Alliance (VAYA), a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization, was founded in 2004 as a means for Vietnamese American youth to organize socially and culturally within the local communities. VAYA works to promote youth leadership, cultural awareness, social activism, and community development.

Veterans Museum & Memorial Center

The Veterans Memorial Center, Inc. was formed in March 1989 to create, maintain and operate an institution to honor and perpetuate the memories of all men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

Vietnamese Federation of San Diego

Vietnamese Federation of San Diego (VFSD) is a non-profit organization which serves the Vietnamese American community of San Diego County. Originally founded in 1984 as a mutual assistance association for refugees providing much-needed social services, the VFSD has become the largest Vietnamese American umbrella organization in San Diego. VFSD consists of 38 association members, such as elders, veterans, student, religious, youth, and professional associations as well as individual representatives of the Vietnamese community. VFSD continues to cater to the cultural and social needs of the growing Vietnamese American community in San Diego. Currently the Vietnamese population in San Diego is 33,504 (2000 US Census report).

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