The organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM) is a community base 501c 3 Non-profit organization that caters to the needs of Liberians in the State of Minnesota. Founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1979, OLM's mission is to provide social services to immigrants and refugees in the areas of education, housing, health, employment and other social initiatives. Homed in suite 200 of the building shown here as the Liberian Community/OLM Center, OLM prides itself on her values of integrity, trust, accountability and empathy, as well as the vision of becoming an organization that makes a significant difference in the lives of members of the Liberian community and those they serve. As an organization with over thirty-five thousand memberships, OLM is led by an Executive Director and a nine-member board of directors; hence the mandate for implementation of the goals and objectives of the organization is vested in the board through the membership via an electoral process that occurs every two years. The board of directors hires the executive director who serves according to the term of his or her employment.
As the single largest representative and voice of all Liberians in the State of Minnesota, OLM plays the role of an advocate and catalyst by bringing emerging issues that affect Liberians into focus for prompt resolution, educate individuals and institutions about prevailing subjects on culture, language, and traditions. One of the important roles of OLM is promoting the image of Liberia as a country. OLM works with many partners, including county and tribal organizations, business entities, State and Federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, the media and civil society.
Most recently, in collaboration with the Sister City Committee and the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) alumina association, the Margibi County Association, and the cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, much needed assistance was committed to Liberia. A Fire Truck from the city of Brooklyn Park was donated to Liberia; six-week training was provided to the Fire Chief/Commissioner of Liberia, training on good governance for city council members took place in Kakata and Voinjama through the cities of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center.
OLM was also at the forefront of engaging community members and stakeholders when the Ebola epidemic devastated our country. OLM continues to work tirelessly with partners to continue the advocacy for Liberians on Temporary Protective Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).
OLM, like many non-profit organizations, has faced the challenge of garnering the necessary funds to successfully implement the goals and objectives set out in her mission statement. However, with an assumed membership of over thirty five thousand (since every Liberian living in Minnesota considers himself/herself a member of OLM), and a restructuring presently underway with emphasis on providing more social services, by the present Board of directors under the chairmanship of Abraham B. Bah, to change the direction of the organization, along with the increasing interest shown in the organization by Liberians in recent times means that the good days of OLM still lies ahead.
The reorganization and increasing interest of the membership, coupled with the solidification of partnerships with the Liberia Ministers Association (LMA), Masjid AL-Ansar Islamic Community Center, African Immigrants Services (AIS), and the Liberian County & Tribal Associations in Minnesota, the future of OLM indeed looks bright.
The organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM) is a community base 501c 3 Non-profit organization that caters to the needs of Liberians in the State of Minnesota. Founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1979, OLM’s mission is to provide social services to immigrants and refugees in the areas of education, housing, health, employment and other social initiatives. Homed in suite 200 of the building shown here as the Liberian Community/OLM Center, OLM prides itself on her values of integrity, trust,... read more »
OLM's Office: 7001 78th Ave N #200, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
The Youth Enrichment Program targets the ages 14 to 18 years old, high school Youths in the Liberian Community. Based on school records, police reports and interviews with parents in the Liberian Community, the need to engage youths in the community is apparent. The records show that kids are dropping out of high school at a higher rate then ever, kids are getting involved in drugs, skipping school and getting involved with the police a lot.
Our goal is to help engage youths in the community in appositive way, Educate them about State and Federal Laws Create an environment to talk about various career choices and directions Encourage them to complete high schools and continue to college or specialized trainings Introduce them to individuals in various organizations, companies, and corporations that they could work with in the future. Keep them informed about their communities and motivate them to lead healthy lives and encourage them to excel.
Based on the first event that took place in December 2017, we estimate that we will have between 50 to 150 kids per week as the program grows.
Volunteers: The program will need 5-10 volunteers each week to help.
Transportation: The families of some kids are working during the evening hours, so transportation is needed to help get kids to and from the event.
Funding: The weekly cost of hosting this program is $2,025.00.
Sponsors: The program will require sponsors and or funding to cover the cost of hosting the event.
Based on Federal and State records, it is estimated that about 40,000 Liberians lives in the State of Minnesota. The largest concentration of this population lives in the Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and St. Paul areas. With this large population, there are over 10,000 seniors between the ages of 60 and 95 living in Minnesota. Most of these seniors are at home, unemployed and are unable to move around without the help of their children and others in the community.
Several years ago, the Liberian Community appealed for senior programs to be established that would create the opportunity for seniors in our immigrant community to get out of their homes and apartments to interact with others. The need for senior programs extends to adult literacy to training, health awareness, programs and other activities. A survey conducted in 2017 showed that most of our seniors are unaware of federal and state laws, programs such as home care services, health insurance, social and other services outside of the Liberian Community. Seeing the need to engage this population, the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota established the Community Senior Program.
Target Age Group: The target age group for this program is 60 and above.
Monday - Friday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Central Time (CT)
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