We fully furnish an apartment for each newly arriving family with all the furniture and home goods you would need to start in a new place. We also provide basic care items and toiletries, emergency food supplies, weather appropriate clothing as well as job training items.

Partnership with the Denver community is essential to providing newly arrived refugees with the basic items they need to start their lives here.  Here are three ways that you can help.

  1. Sponsor a New Family
    ACC will provide you with the supply list of items needed for a newly arriving family. You commit to acquire all of the items on the list for the family, whether by purchasing them directly or by soliciting donations from your community. This is a great opportunity for individuals, groups of friends, businesses, school classes, churches, etc. Contact to make arrangements.

  2. Organize a Donation Drive
    Get together with your neighbors, friends or colleagues and collect items to support refugees. Contact to find out what items are currently needed in large quantities.

  3. Donation Drop-Off

     Drop off times will be Monday-Thursday between 10 AM & 4 PM. Please note: We cannot accept large furniture donation drop-offs from 10/1/18-10/7/18. We are currently unable to pick up donations at this time.

    We're currently only accepting the following:

  • Cooking/dining items

  • Bath towels (new)

  • Cleaning Supplies (new)

    • Kitchen & bathroom trash cans

    • Scour pads/sponges

    • Brooms

    • Dust pans

    • Toilet brushes

    • Kitchen towels

  • Blankets and sheets (new)

  • Coffee tables

  • Couches

Things we cannot accept:

  • Mattresses/bed frames

  • Cribs manufactured prior to June 2011

  • Large chests of drawers, hutches and cabinets

  • Entertainment Centers/TV stands

  • Desks and office furniture of any kind

         We Made This

  • Our We Made This program needs home sewing machines that are in very good or "like new" working condition. We Made This updates their Amazon Wishlist with needed “new” supplies for the program. If you are purchasing an item on Amazon, consider adding on an item for We Made This!

  • We are currently not accepting other donations such as fabric or notions.

Match Grant

Preferred Communities

List of Accepted Donations:

  • Diapers of all Sizes (N,3, and 5 are most used)

  • Wipes 

  • Unused Full-Size Toiletries

  • Feminine Hygiene Products (No tampons)

  • Strollers

  • Car Seats (Not Expired)

  • Art Supplies/paper/paint/paint brushes 

  • Magazines for art projects

  • Kids Toys, Books, Games

  • Winter Outerwear (Hats, Boots, Gloves, Coats)

  • Paper plates, cups, and cutlery

    We are Not Accepting at this time:

  • Razors (Hotel-Size)

  • Toiletries

  • Used Baby Clothing

  • Tampons

  • Cribs

  • Diaper

  • Disposal Cans

Youth Programs

Give Today

Your contributions will help give refugees a new start in Colorado and provide vital support toward self-sufficiency. ACC accepts both financial and in-kind donations. Together we can make a better community.

You can donate by clicking to the link below or you can donate by mail to ECDC-African Community Center at 925 S Niagara Street Suite 200 Denver, CO 80224. Setting up a recurring donation makes it easy for you to support the community on an ongoing basis.

The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

OnTRAC Match

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“My whole life I look forward. In the refugee camp I looked forward to a better life tomorrow. I arrived in America and I had to learn English, understand the ways here, be hopeful for my future. Now I am comfortable and I know I will go to college, I can look back at my life and see how I have overcome tougher times…I am very proud of myself and happy to see where I stand now. This gives me confidence to understand the challenges I have overcome.”

OnTRAC Student A.H.


OnTRAC is ACC’s culturally competent college access program that takes into consideration the personal identity and cultural contexts that shape the goals of each student. Upon arrival in the US, newcomer refugee youth are often unprepared to navigate the confusing world of SATs, FAFSAs, scholarships, personal statements, and college applications. These barriers can make college unattainable for many refugee youth, relegating them to lower‐skilled careers, insufficient income, and little opportunity for upward mobility. OnTRAC imparts the practical skills needed to help youth understand the college admission process.


OnTRAC has an opportunity to receive a match grant for the third year in a row!

ACC has raised $6,512 of the match, but needs to raise $3,488 more to meet the $10,000 match. Can you help us reach this goal and support the future education and careers of our refugee students?


From the beginning to the end of the OnTRAC Program...

Understanding College Access: 55.5% increase

Articulating Education Goals: 172% increase

Ability to Identify College Resources: 70% increase


“Living in a refugee camp is like being a raindrop on a leaf caught in a whirlpool. It can not go forward and it can not go back. I could not go out of the camp because I did not have legal documents so I spent my whole life in the camp. Now I have opportunities to have a future and I have the whole world in front of me. This year I received The Ambassador Scholarship for college and I am now attending Colorado Community College Denver. I plan to be a nurse. In the future, I also want to go back to the refugee camp and help people. Life is like musical notes, some notes are high and some notes are low but they make a beautiful song.”

OnTRAC Student Maria Mu


View an interview about the OnTRAC program here at channel 9 news!

You can donate by sending either cash or a check to ACC with a note indicating "OnTRAC MATCH" or by donating online using the link below with a memo stating "for OnTRAC MATCH"

Wondering what to do with your used car or truck? Donating your old vehicle to ECDC African Community Center, is convenient, easy, and may qualify you for a tax deduction. And best of all, your donation of a used car or truck will make a big difference in supporting ACC.

Why not donate your vehicle today?  All you need to do is to complete our simple online form or call 1-866-628-2277 and we’ll take care of the rest. We will pick up your vehicle, arrange to have your donation towed, and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt, all at no charge to you. Call 1-866-628-2277 or click here.