Our 2008 Accomplishments

people washing salad for a community event2008 was a year of continued growth and foundation building at the ECAC. Our reputation grew steadily and our offerings at the center became very diverse and unique.  During the year we were able to:

people washing salad for a community eventAs a vital hub within the Pleasant Plains community, ECAC took the lead on documenting neighborhood history as part of the Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail Project. Working with Cultural Tourism DC, we formed a neighborhood working group which met monthly to document the historical sites along Georgia Avenue, and conduct interviews of elder residents and business owners. Over 50 sites have been documented at www ecacollective.org/trail . Taking the project a step further, we initiated the Summer Heritage project where over 130 children ages 5-12 were given a workshop on the history of Georgia Avenue and completed an art project related to what they learned. 

people washing salad for a community eventAlthough we function with a very limited staff, we are able to keep the center very active through grass roots engagement with neighboring organizations and individuals. Many of the activities we offer are collaborations with others who provide expertise, outreach, and a similar goal of connecting with the community. Likewise our volunteers have helped us realize our goals in many capacities, filling the gaps in our staffing shortfalls. During 2008 we successfully:

people washing salad for a community event2008 was a significant year for our organization as well. On September 25th, ECAC purchased the building at 733 Euclid St. NW, and by December completed a 5 year strategic plan to build stability, capacity and sustainability within our organization. This complex financial undertaking strengthened our Board and helped us solidify the vision we have for the future of ECAC.

Some snapshots of our 2008 programs

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Intergenerational Chess Session  
young kid acting as a DJ in a community event