OROMO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
2718 S Jackson St , PO Box 22842
Seattle, WA 98144
The Oromo Community Center is located on Jackson & 28th Ave.
S. in Seattle, Washington. The center was established in 1991 and
serves as a place where Horn of Africa communities can congregate,
participate in workshops, take classes, and participate in other
activities of the like. The Oromo population is the second largest
group from the Horn of Africa Communities residing in Seattle. The
information outline below was gathered during an interview with
Taha Roba, Program Coordinator from the Oromo Community Center.
The Oromo Community Center has as its mission “the empowerment
of the Oromo community especially the youth in education, social
integration for life, liberty and happiness as active citizens locally
and internationally.” Taha Roba. The Center is one that serves
all Horn of Africa communities across political, ethnic, regional,
and/or religious affiliations.
Below are some of the services that are provided at the Oromo Community
Center. Some of these services may be provided in partnership with
other social service agencies in Seattle.
- Parenting classes
- Youth leadership program
- Family leadership program
- Family mediation
- Youth language and culture classes
- Counseling (academic counseling, domestic violence)
- Workshops (health, business, home ownership)
- External referrals
- Elderly lunch program
The Oromo Community Center is funded in part by the City of Seattle
and by private contributions. The center depends on volunteers.
Currently the Center is run by one paid employee and by about 20
volunteers who help out at the Center at various times.
The goals of the Oromo Community Center are the following:
- Improve the services provided
- Build its own center
- Acquire some computers
- Teach computer classes
- Improve admissions and retention rates of students of Oromo
descent in higher education