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ECAHMAA Launches "Be the Light" Campaign

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and we are launching the "Be the Light" campaign statewide with the Hmong American Women's Association in Milwaukee and the Lacrosse Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency in Lacrosse. Follow us on Facebook for the latest for the "Be the Light" Campaign and/or participant in the campaign by uploading supportive and inspiring messages to victims and survivors to your social media by using #bethelightec. Let us come together and send love, support and peace to victims and survivors. #bethelightec

Be the Light Campaign

2 Bedroom Unit Available

612 Spring Street: Recently remodeled 2 Bedrooms, 1 bath duplex Off street parking Full basement $550.00 per month + $50 per month for water/sewage Tenant pays all utilities and provides own lawn care and snow removal Available April 1st, 2016

Employment Opportunities for Work Study Students

We are currently looking to fill three work study positions. See below for the full job postings! ______________________________________________________________________________ Office Associate Reports to: Executive Director Classification: Paraprofessional Status: Nonexempt Position Summary: The Office Associate position is to provide administrative assistance to the Executive Director and to agency staff with programming needs. Duties may include but is not limited to clerical work, client intake, providing supportive paraprofessional services, organizing event, office supplies inventory, data collection, program support and/or duties as designated by the Executive Director. Qualifications: A high school diploma is required as well as a combination of relevant employment and or life experience. Bilingual in spoken Hmong and English is required. Prefer both spoken and written bilingual skills. The ability to provide excellent customer service to clientele is essential as the Office Assistant will be the first point of contact with clients, partner agencies and/or funders. Ability to maintain client confidentiality is required. Ability to maintain and practice professionalism under stress is required. Experience with crisis intervention and knowledge of community resources is desired. Proficiency with productivity software such as Microsoft Word is preferred. The ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner that promotes honesty, integrity and cooperation with clients, co-workers, management and the general public is needed. Must be a team player and demonstrate a willingness to positively contribute to the growth and development of ECAHMAA’s mission and values. Hours: This position is part time between 10 to 15 hours per week. The ability to work flexible hours is necessary with the majority of hours to be worked Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Evenings and weekends may be required for assistance with programming and agency events. Student should be available on Fridays between the hours of 9am-2pm to assist with the Wellness Days for Hmong Elders Program. Rate or Range of Pay per Hour: $8.25-$9.50 Begin and End Dates: Spring 2016 Total Hours/Week: 10-15 hours. Application procedure: Send an application along with your resume including current contact information for three references to: Pa Thao, ECAHMAA[endif]--423 Wisconsin Street Eau Claire, WI 54703 Ph: 715.832.8420 Fx: 715.832.0612 Email: admin@ecahmaa.org Position Open until fill. ______________________________________________________________________________ Youth Coordinator Reports to: Executive Director Classification: Paraprofessional Status: Nonexempt Position Summary: The Youth Coordinator (YC) works with Hmong teens to reduce and prevent teen dating, domestic violence, and drugs and alcohol use by focusing on healthy alternatives with youths the Building Bridges Program. The project provides services to assist Hmong teens in providing early prevention education to strengthening family relationships, reduce domestic violence in the home, and provide support services to teens. This project’s focus is aimed at reducing violence by providing early preventative education. Qualifications: College courses in a human services related field OR a combination of relevant education (beginning social work, education, or other human service related field students), employment and/or life experience is preferred. Bilingual in English and Hmong, both spoken and written, is preferred. Experience working with Hmong youths and knowledge of teen dating or domestic violence helpful. Knowledge of community resources is preferred. Prior experience working with a diverse population in a social service setting is required. Proficiency with productivity software such as Microsoft Word is preferred. The ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner that promotes honesty, integrity and cooperation with clients, co-workers, management and the general public is needed. Must be a team player and demonstrate a willingness to positively contribute to the growth and development of ECAHMAA’s mission and values Hours: This position is part time at 10 hours per week. The ability to work flexible hours is necessary, with the majority of hours to be worked Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Candidate must be able to work Wednesday evenings from 4-8:30pm. Duties may require working some nights and weekends to accommodate organizational or program needs and must have prior approval and or be assigned by the Executive Director. Travel may be required. Rate or Range of Pay per Hour: $8.25-$9.50 Begin and End Dates: Spring Semester 2016 Work Schedule-Days and Hours: Wednesday evenings from 4-8 required for programming. Other day of the week is flexible depending on student’s school schedule. Total Hours/Week: 10 hours. Application procedure: Send an application along resume including current contact information for three references to: Pa Thao ECAHMAA 423 Wisconsin Street Eau Claire, WI 54703 Ph: 715.832.8420 Fx: 715.832.0612 Email: admin@ecahmaa.org Position Open until fill. [endif]--![endif]--![endif]-- ![endif]--

Pictures from the Annual Hmong New Year Celebration

Below are a few pictures and a youtube clip from the 2015 Annual Eau Claire Hmong New Year Celebration! Be sure to like our facebook page for additional pictures in the upcoming weeks. Watching the Talent Competition Snowflake Dance Group performing Snowflake Dance Group performing Dance group performers Emerald Jade performing Watching the Talent Competition 1st Place Dance Competition Winner: Emerald Jade Dance Group from St. Paul, MN Singing Competition Winners Dance Performers Photo Credit: Lee Pao Xiong Photo Credit: Lee Pao Xiong

Traditions galore: Importance of culture emphasized to younger generations during two-day celebratio

See the link here for the Eau Claire Leader Telegram's article on the Hmong New Year event.

Employment Opportunity: Temporary Office Manager/Interpreter Coordinator

Job Announcement Position: Temporary Office Manager/Interpretation Coordinator (OM) Reports to: Executive Director Classification: Paraprofessional Status: Nonexempt Position Summary: The Office Manager/Interpretation Coordinator (OM) position is to provide administrative assistance to the Executive Director and to agency staff with programming needs as well as coordinating and providing interpretation services at local hospitals and clinics. The OM also acts as the Housing Liaison in assisting families with housing related services. Duties may include but is not limited to clerical work, client intake, providing supportive services, organizing event, office supplies inventory, data collection, data entry, assisting clients with housing related services, providing translation and interpretation and/or other duties as designated by the Executive Director. Qualifications: A high school diploma is required as well as a combination of relevant employment and or life experience. Bilingual in spoken Hmong and English is required. Prefer both spoken and written bilingual skills. The ability to provide excellent customer service to clientele is essential as the OM will be the first point of contact with clients, partner agencies and/or funders. Ability to maintain client confidentiality is required. Ability to maintain and practice professionalism under stress is required. Experience with crisis intervention and knowledge of community resources is desired. Proficiency with productivity software such as Microsoft Word and Peach Tree is preferred. The ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner that promotes honesty, integrity and cooperation with clients, co-workers, management and the general public is needed. Must have own transportation and motor vehicle insurance. Must be a team player and demonstrate a willingness to positively contribute to the growth and development of ECAHMAA’s mission and values. Hours: This position is full-time. The ability to work flexible hours is necessary with the majority of hours to be worked Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Evenings and weekends are required as needed for interpretation services. 80 percent of time is designated for office management/program coordination and 20 percent on interpretation coordination. Travel is required as the OM will have to travel for interpretation appointments. Salary: Base rate of $10.00/hr at 40 hours/week plus $18.00/hr for evenings and weekends interpretation appointments. Deadline to apply: An employment application with a current resume, cover letter and three references must be received for consideration. Position is open until filled. Mail or fax application materials to: Att: Pa Thao ECAHMAA 423 Wisconsin Street Eau Claire, WI 54703 paythao@ecahmaa.org

New Location for 2015 Annual Hmong New Year Celebration

We are excited for another year of celebrating Hmong culture and heritage here in the Chippewa Valley. This year, the event is moving to the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center after having been at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire for 27 years. Please make special note of this change in location. Admission fee is staying the same at $3.00 per person. As in previous years, admission is free for children less than 4 feet and seniors 65 years old. Registrations for both culture performances and for the talent competition are now available online. See the link here. This year’s event is sponsored by Ashley Furniture, US Bank, Mayo Health System, Clear Water Home Care, LLC, Tongxeng Personal Home Care LLC, and TTM Technologies. Additional questions about this event can be directed to Pa Thao via telephone to (715) 832-8420 or email at paythao@ecahmaa.org.

Full and Part-time Employment Opportunities Available

We currently have 1 full-time and 2 part-time postions available (part-time for work study students only). ___________________________________________________________ Reports to: Executive Director Classification: Paraprofessional Status: Nonexempt Position Summary: This position encompasses two programs, the Community Liaison program and Wellness Days for Hmong Elders (Wellness Days). The goal of the Community Liaison (CL) is to increase crime awareness in the Hmong community and to bridge the culture divide at the city level by providing culturally sensitive services to the Hmong community. The role of the CL is to assist the ECPD and the ECAHMAA when appropriate in decreasing crime in the areas of domestic violence, gang involvement, theft and other petty crimes, and helping the Hmong community understand laws, regulations, and ordinances within the Eau Claire City. The CL works closely with other social services providers when appropriate to make sure that services are provided to individuals and or families in a culturally sensitive manner. 50 percent of the coordinator’s time is allocated to this program. Wellness Days is a program aimed at mitigating the social isolation of Hmong elders by providing exercise, survival English training, and physical and mental education. The Coordinator coordinates the weekly Wellness Days session by collaborating with community partners such as the City-County Health Department and the UW-Eau Claire County Extension office. The Coordinator recruits elderly participants and recruits and train volunteers. Pre and post assessments of program participants are an essential element of Wellness Days. The Coordinator is responsible for collecting these assessments in a timely fashion. 50 percent of the coordinator’s time is allocated to this program. The Community Liaison/Wellness Days Coordinator also assists agency staff with walk-in clients; relieve the Office Manager/other staff with front desk assignments and agency events planning. The Community Liaison/Wellness Days Coordinator’s job is to fulfill the objectives outlined in the programs while focusing on the mission and vision of ECAHMAA. Qualifications: A BA/BS in a human services related field OR a combination of relevant education, employment and/or life experience is preferred. At least 1 year of professional/community experiences working with the Hmong/Southeast Asian. Previous work with Hmong families and Hmong elders desired. The ideal candidate should have an understanding of the ramifications and impact of the refugee experience on families and communities. Bilingual in Hmong and English required. Knowledge of community resources is preferred. The ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner that promotes honesty, integrity and cooperation with clients, co-workers, management and the general public is needed. Must have own transportation, motor vehicle insurance and be comfortable driving a 12 passenger van. Must be a team player and demonstrate a willingness to positively contribute to the growth and development of ECAHMAA’s mission and values. Hours: This is a full time position at 40 hours weekly. The ability to work flexible hours is necessary with the majority of hours to be worked Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Duties may require working some nights and weekends to accommodate organizational or program needs and must have prior approval and/or be assigned by the Executive Director. Travel may be required as needed. Compensation: Based on experience. Application procedure: Send an application along with your cover letter and resume including current contact information for three references to: Pa Thao, Executive Director ECAHMAA 423 Wisconsin Street Eau Claire, WI 54703 Or email to paythao@ecahmaa.org Deadline: To be considered, please apply by 4pm on Thursday, August 6th, 2015. Position starts Monday August 24th, 2013. Materials received without an application will not be considered for interview The employment application can be found at here. ___________________________________________________________ Position: Office Associate Reports to: Executive Director Classification: Paraprofessional Status: Nonexempt Position Summary: The Office Associate position is to provide administrative assistance to the Executive Director and to agency staff with programming needs. Duties may include but is not limited to clerical work, client intake, providing supportive paraprofessional services, organizing event, office supplies inventory, data collection, program support and/or duties as designated by the Executive Director. Qualifications: A high school diploma is required as well as a combination of relevant employment and or life experience. Bilingual in spoken Hmong and English is required. Prefer both spoken and written bilingual skills. The ability to provide excellent customer service to clientele is essential as the Office Assistant will be the first point of contact with clients, partner agencies and/or funders. Ability to maintain client confidentiality is required. Ability to maintain and practice professionalism under stress is required. Experience with crisis intervention and knowledge of community resources is desired. Proficiency with productivity software such as Microsoft Word is preferred. The ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner that promotes honesty, integrity and cooperation with clients, co-workers, management and the general public is needed. Must be a team player and demonstrate a willingness to positively contribute to the growth and development of ECAHMAA’s mission and values. Hours: This position is part time between 10 to 15 hours per week. The ability to work flexible hours is necessary with the majority of hours to be worked Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Evenings and weekends may be required for assistance with programming and agency events. Student should be available on Fridays between the hours of 9am-2pm to assist with the Wellness Days for Hmong Elders Program. Rate or Range of Pay per Hour: $8.25-$9.50 Begin and End Dates: September 2015 to June 2016 (with break during winterm). Total Hours/Week: 10-15 hours. Application procedure: Send an application along with your cover letter and resume including current contact information for three references to: Pa Thao, Executive Director ECAHMAA 423 Wisconsin Street Eau Claire, WI 54703 Or email to paythao@ecahmaa.org Deadline: To be considered, please apply by 4pm on Thursday, August 6th, 2015. Position starts Monday August 24th, 2013. Materials received without an application will not be considered for interview The employment application can be found at here. ___________________________________________________________ Position: Youth Coordinator Reports to: Executive Director Classification: Paraprofessional Status: Nonexempt Position Summary: The Youth Coordinator (YC) works with Hmong teens to reduce and prevent teen dating, domestic violence, and drugs and alcohol use by focusing on healthy alternatives with youths the Building Bridges Program. The project provides services to assist Hmong teens in providing early prevention education to strengthening family relationships, reduce domestic violence in the home, and provide support services to teens. This project’s focus is aimed at reducing violence by providing early preventative education. Qualifications: A BA/BS in a human services related field OR a combination of relevant education (beginning social work, education, or other human service related field students), employment and/or life experience is preferred. Bilingual in English and Hmong, both spoken and written, is preferred. Experience working with Hmong youths and knowledge of teen dating or domestic violence helpful. Knowledge of community resources is preferred. Prior experience working with a diverse population in a social service setting is required. Proficiency with productivity software such as Microsoft Word is preferred. The ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner that promotes honesty, integrity and cooperation with clients, co-workers, management and the general public is needed. Must be a team player and demonstrate a willingness to positively contribute to the growth and development of ECAHMAA’s mission and values Hours: This position is part time at 10 hours per week. The ability to work flexible hours is necessary, with the majority of hours to be worked Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Candidate must be able to work Wednesday evenings from 4-8:30pm. Duties may require working some nights and weekends to accommodate organizational or program needs and must have prior approval and or be assigned by the Executive Director. Travel may be required. Rate or Range of Pay per Hour: $8.25-$9.50 Begin and End Dates: September 2015 to June 2016 (with break during winterm, and between the second week of May through first week of June- program break in May for the summer with a youth leadership camp in June). Work Schedule-Days and Hours: Wednesday evenings from 4-8 required for programming. Other day of the week is flexible depending on student’s school schedule. Total Hours/Week: 10 hours. Application procedure: Send an application along with your cover letter and resume including current contact information for three references to: Pa Thao, Executive Director ECAHMAA 423 Wisconsin Street Eau Claire, WI 54703 Or email to paythao@ecahmaa.org Deadline: To be considered, please apply by 4pm on Thursday, August 6th, 2015. Position starts Monday August 24th, 2013. Materials received without an application will not be considered for interview The employment application can be found at here.

Join us for our Thrift Sale and Pho Fundraiser!

Support our Rice Pantry by eating a bowl of pho and browsing through our thrift sale on Friday July 24th from 9am to 4pm. Pho will be served from 11am-2pm so come on down for lunch! See more informtion on our facebook event page here.

Kajsiab Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony

We are excited to be breaking ground on our very first Wellness Days for Hmong Elder's Kajsiab Garden. The Wisdom Garden will be located within the Jeffers Road Community Garden off the Jeffers Road and US Highway 312. Please join us at 11:00pm as we give thanks to the collaborators of this project and wish our gardens a season full of bountiful vegetables. KaYing Yang, from the local National Conservation Resource Services office will conduct a hand-on workshop on soil conservation at 12:45pm. A light lunch will be serve at 11:30am. The Wisdom Garden was made possible by a grant from the NCRS with plots donated by the UW-Extension Office.

4 Zaj Dabneeg (4 Stories)

Youths in the Building Bridges for Hmong Youth Program will host their very first play along with their mentors and other Hmong students from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. Please join us as they walk us through four Hmong refugee stories within the jungles of Laos. Admission is free and open to the public. The play will start at 6pm on Thursday, May 8th, 2015 at the Schofiled Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.