Passing the BALL we are in this together

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The Oromo Community of Minnesota

started out as an informal mutual assistance association. It was formally constituted as a community organization in 1985 and became a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in 2000. In 2014 the organization absorbed the programs and activities of the American Oromo Community of Minnesota (AOCM), which had been in existence since 2001.


The Oromo Community of Minnesota (OCM) serves as a one-stop resource center for the over 40,000 Oromo-Americans in the Twin Cities.  OCM’s core programs include: Youth Development – A key focus of the OCM, this program seeks to engage 120 Oromo K-12th graders in academically orientated and culturally affirming programming during the school year and summer. The program includes 7 components and collaborates with numerous organizations. Refugee Resettlement – This program provides case management services to Oromo refugees who have been in the US for less than 2 years. Supported by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), this program helps participants achieve at least two outcomes associated with housing, immigration/naturalization, access to community services and supports and more. Health and Wellness – This program provides MN Sure health insurance enrollment and navigation services, health literacy education and outreach, and assistance in accessing health/wellness services. Employment – An OCM Job Counselor provides employment readiness, search and placement services to unemployed Oromo community members. Seniors Program – This program provides a variety of services to socially isolated Oromo seniors including home visitation, volunteer support, errands, transportation and social activities. Arts– this program promotes the creative arts as a catalyst for health, civic activism, and academic excellence.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]