Who We Are
The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) is a non-profit refugee service organization located in Columbus, Ohio. Our organization has been serving refugees in Columbus for over 30 years. For the past 20 years, we have been working with the community at Capital Park. Situated in northeast Columbus, Capital Park is a government subsidized apartment community of 380 households, 97% occupied by Somali refugee families.
CMAA's work at Capital Park is housed in a community center at the apartment complex. We provide English, citizenship, and math classes for adults, and after-school homework assistance for children. We facilitate a variety of community empowerment projects, including safety awareness training for women, daily exercise sessions, and community organizing.
To support our programs, we receive funding from a variety of public and private sources. We also collaborate widely with other agencies in the Columbus area which are also committed to helping refugees adjust and attain self-sufficiency.
CMAA seeks to empower refugees of war to become independent, active members of the Columbus area community.
What We Do
CMAA offers daily classes in English and math at multiple levels to suit our students' needs. Placement testing is conducted onsite and students are placed accordingly into small, interactive classroom groups.
Citizenship and GED courses are also available to assist individuals in preparation for these important exams.
All courses are year-round and free of charge.
Programs offered at CMAA are designed to address the needs of refugee families in Columbus. Meetings are open to the public and schedules vary. Please contact us for information regarding program dates and times.
Every Thread Matters is a group that teaches women to sew using home machines. Participants create bags and laptop cases that are sold at local events and the proceeds are used to support the project and the participants' families.
A weekly women's safety and self defense workshop is held at the community center with the aim of empowering refugee women to prevent violence against themselves and within their communities.
Local kids love our homework help program! Volunteers are available Monday through Friday from 3pm to 5pm to assist young people up to grade 12 with assignments in any topic. A hot meal is served and incentives are provided for completing homework.
CMAA is closely involved in the local Somali community and regularly engages in community organizing to address topics that are important to its people.
Our Boy Scout troop meets weekly and participates in indoor and outdoor activities. Projects include fishing, arts and crafts, and a yearly, weekend-long camping trip.
Girls on the Run works with girls between third and eighth grade to develop positive self images through a nationwide curriculum and physical activities. Girls and their coaches run two 5k events each year for which everyone receives a medal.
A women's exercise group meets every morning in the community center to socialize and gently but actively work out and listen to cultural music. People of all ages are welcome to join.
We love our volunteers!
Let us know if you want to help with homework, start a workshop, or cook a meal.
We're all ears!