KONG CHOW BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES, A NON-PROFIT CHARITABLE CORPORATION
■葉游 元老初稿 呂錫基整理
至於洛杉磯岡州會館始立於何年，未有記錄，但據岡州會館現有保存之神樓牌匾、對聯等顯示，均刻有清朝光緒十七年 (1892) 之年號，當是光緒十七年創建，距今已有一百二十五年歷史。
HISTORY OF THE LOS ANGELES
KONG CHOW BNENBOLENT ASSOCIATION
KWAN GUNG TEMPLE
By Gilbert Leong, our late member of Board of Directors
Gold was discovered in California around 1849. Chinese migrated to America. Some worked in the gold mines; others on the railroads and still others in the fisheries and in forestry.
A Kong Chow association was formed in San Francisco around 1849. With the help of some San Francisco members, a ten year lease was acquired on a small plot of land off Ferguson Alley in Los Angeles. A modest two story brick building …. MORE
Dr. Robert Eng, Advisor and member of Board of Directors
What is Kong Chow Benevolent Association?
Why should I join?
What's in it for me?
How many times have you heard young people and community members asked these questions?
Kong Chow Benevolent Association has over 125 years of history, the oldest Chinese Benevolent Association in America.
Back at the beginning, the aims and goals of the association were to provide brotherhood, companionship, religion, health and monetary needs to immigrants from the counties of Sun-Wui and Hawk-San, Guangdong Province (also called Canton) in China, and to return remains of deceased members to their birthplace in their villages in China. These members were proud and self-sufficient, took care of their own and never asked nor received government assistance.
Today, Kong Chow Benevolent Association is a non-profit and non-political entity for charitable and community services. Our aims and goals are greatly entwined with our communities; provide supports to charitable organizations, education, religion, and school scholarships. We encourage our members to be good citizens and become involved at all levels of service to the American community, at the same time preserving our heritage and educate our young ones about our roots.
To support charitable works, we donate funds to the majority of recognized non-profit community organizations, such as Red Cross, Meals for Senior Citizens, hospitals, police stations, museums, libraries, Senior Citizen Service Center, etc.
To promote excellence in education, we encourage primary school students with Scholastic Awards; and award many college-bounced high school graduates and students who are enrolled in undergrad and graduate schools with scholarships.
If you are native or heir to natives from the counties of Sun-Wui and Hawk-San in China, we welcome you as our member, and join in performing meaningful services to our communities here in the U.S.
WHAT IS KONG CHOW BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION?
Just Another Useless Hang Out For Old Dude's?