Cash Coming To Assist Rebuild Vietnamese Neighborhood Middle Broken In Hearth

OAKLAND (BCN)

Money is coming to rebuild a cultural community center in Oakland that was badly damaged in a fire early Saturday morning.

As of 5:38 p.m. Monday, nearly $ 14,000 had been raised to rebuild the Vietnamese-American community center in the East Bay, which, among other things, provides 30,000 to 40,000 meals a month to vulnerable populations.

The fire was reported just after 1 a.m. at the center at 655 International Blvd. in a former school building in Clinton Park.

“Our center is a beacon of hope for all,” fundraiser organizer Joanne Garcia said on GoFundMe’s fundraising page.

Donations can be made to:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/vaccebs-mission-to-continue-the-efforts?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=unknown&utm_campaign=comms_hv4+vaccebs-mission-to-continue-the-efforts.

The fire could have started in a homeless camp next to the center, firefighters said. An unspecified number of people were evicted from the homeless camp.

In Garcia’s GoFundMe post, she said the fire destroyed 40 percent of the center. Nobody was injured.

The center has been in operation for 20 years and has been in Clinton Park for 10 years.

Low income refugee / immigrant families in the Bay Area receive help at the center as they integrate into American society and work towards self-sufficiency.

The center also offers English, computer, and citizenship classes.

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