Annual Support Drive
April 7, 2016 - July 31, 2016
Dear Valuable Supporter,
This year, we celebrate the 110th anniversary of Japantown in the Western Addition. In May of 1906, just one month following the devastating San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, the first generation Japanese (Issei) in San Francisco sought to identify a neighborhood to create a new Japanese community. They decided on the Western Addition and over the ensuing months the first Japantown was born. Hotels, restaurants, markets and other retail stores formed a neighborhood that would soon flourish.
Over the decades, the Japantown community encompassed thirty square blocks, over two hundred small businesses and five thousand residents. The Issei built language schools, churches, temples and other community institutions and facilities. The second generation (Nisei) who grew up in the Western Addition addressed the growing needs of families in Japantown by re-establishing nonprofit organizations, its programs and key events.
The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) continues to carry forth the legacy of the Issei and Nisei, whom without their incredible vision and dedication there would never have been a Japantown, nor a place like the Community Center.
Your donations allow the JCCCNC to keep our doors open 83 hours a week – that's 43 hours more than most other nonprofit organizations.
There is no other Japanese American community facility like the JCCCNC in the United States that is open seven days a week, where people can participate in a workshop, take classes or attend a special event to experience or to learn about the Japanese and Japanese American cultural heritage, values and traditions.
“My appreciation and pride for not only my family, but my heritage have increased through the Takahashi Youth Ambassador Fellowship Program. When I went to Japan, I saw where my work ethic and attention to detail came from and I understood on a much deeper level the cultural values my Japanese American family has taught me.” ~ Riki Eijima, TYAFP Alumni
Every year our Spring Annual Support Drive helps create opportunities for people to have a sense of belonging and experiences that last a lifetime.
“I came to the U.S. from Japan in 1954 and the JCCCNC has been my second home, a community that I feel I am a part of. I come here every Thursday to play mah jongg and have lunch with friends, but I also enjoy chatting with Marj and Mika in the front office. I would never find a reason to leave my house, otherwise.” ~ Ikue Burney, Senior Member
Every contribution matters. No amount is less meaningful, as every dollar makes a difference in someone’s life at the Center. In appreciation of your donation, we would be proud to recognize donors ($100+) at the Ruby, Emerald, Silver, Gold and Platinum Crane levels in our main lobby, website, digital donor appreciation frame, and in a printed newsletter in 2016. Donations are also accepted in honor or in memory of loved ones.
Please take a moment to think about how the Center has created a home for you and your family and return the enclosed envelope with your fully tax-deductible donation. Contributions are also accepted online at www.jcccnc.org.
With much appreciation,
Donna Ong-Kimura Paul Osaki
President Executive Director
The JCCCNC is a nonprofit organization that relies almost entirely on community donations and does not receive any funding from the government. All contributions are tax-deductible (Tax ID# 94-2560179) to the extent allowed by law. Donor information is used only for the purpose of acknowledgements and is kept confidential from any other group or organization.
Donate to our Fall Annual Support Drive
Donors ($100+) will be recognized at the Ruby ($100+), Emerald ($250+), Silver ($500+), Gold ($1,000+), and Platinum ($5,000+) Crane levels in our main lobby, website, digital donor appreciation frame, and in a printed newsletter in the upcoming calendar year.