Hindu Charities for America/HC4A is doing business as Education and Careers for America (EC4A) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit headquarted in Austin, Texas. It was founded in 2010 with the motto to ‘Serve Where You Live.’ It’s a non-religious and non-political organization.
EC4A has been working with the mission to ‘Bridge Income Disparities through Education’ in multiple cities of the U.S.A. over the last twelve years. We have endeavored on this mission by providing schooling needs and vocational scholarship to the students who are homeless or live below the poverty line.
EC4A’s founder Harish Kotecha was awarded the 2020 Sandra Neese Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY). He also received the USA President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
The EC4A family of volunteers and donors live by the motto, ‘Serve Where you Live,’ and return their gratitude by ways of the most powerful tool for long-term success: education.
We invite you to be a part of this EC4A family and help build a resilient society in these uprecedented times.
Atlanta Chapter is the youngest of our ventures and has determined that its focus will be on higher education. To that end, members have held meetings with organizations that promote vocational and career education for youth in challenging circumstances. Equipped with information from these organizations, team members are positioned to meet with potential donors and inspire them to help young people achieve their dreams. The long-term planning is in process for recruiting volunteers, introducing a mentorship program, and ideating the chapter growth strategy. We anticipate great success from our fired-up Atlanta team.
Through our partners Austin Community College, Capital Idea, Foundation Communities, Apoyando a un Angel, and the Fulfillment Fund, we provide scholarships to students attending community colleges in Austin.
We have provided school supplies to students in public schools of Austin, Del Valle, Manor, Pflugerville, and Round Rock. Through our partnership with the nonprofit Share the Will, we also provide services to children of the lowest-ranking active military personnel living at or near Ft. Hood in Killeen, TX. In response to the pandemic, HC4A also helped homeless students get internet connectivity in 2020-21.
Over 64,000 individuals below 18 years old live in poverty in Dallas. Often they have to have had to discontinue their education, primarily for economic reasons. Our Dallas Chapter provides vocational scholarships to students at Dallas Community College District to ensure that the ambitions of these students stays alive up to graduation day.
Our Houston Chapter provides vocational scholarships to students at Houston Community College. In one of the most prosperous cities in the US, about 118,000 below 18 individuals live in poverty. EC4A plans to further strengthen its presence in Houston by collaborating with local leaders.
EC4A is in its second year of supporting students affiliated with The Fulfillment Fund, a partner nonprofit that makes college a reality for economically disadvantaged students.
Bryan G., a scholarship recipient who had always dreamed of pursuing a career as an auto mechanic, wrote in his thank you to EC4A: “Being able to receive this scholarship is just pushing me more towards achieving my goal because I will be able to purchase all my tools and textbooks since they are expensive.” EC4A looks forward to helping more students like Bryan by continuing and expanding our relationship with this outstanding organization!