The San Diego Caribbean Association, Inc. (SDCA, Inc.) is a community based organization that promotes multi-cultural ism through educational programs and charitable related events. The organization was founded in 2013, became incorporated in February of 2016 in California, is based in San Diego, California. SDCA, Inc. acquired its 501(C3) non-profit tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service on October 11, 2016.
SDCA, Inc. is committed to fostering the growth and development of our American communities by educating and mentoring people, especially our youths, using effective cultural, social, and educational programs. These programs aim to expand cultural experiences and enrich people of all origins and nationalities.
SDCA, Inc. board and membership are comprised of people from all corners of the globe. From the beautiful island nations of the caribbean, to Guyana in South America, to India, to Hong Kong, and to Central America, SDCA, Inc. strives to show that no matter where you are from, the common needs of all people are the same - "One Love, Respect, and Unity"
Educational and charitable programs SDCA, Inc. has implemented to promote our commitment to "One Love, Respect, and Unity" are enumerated below.
1) The SDCA, Inc. Blanket Drive and Give Away Program in San Diego, California
Every year the organization collects and donates blankets for the homeless and disenfranchised on San Diego skid row. We distribute these blankets ourselves on our own time and with our own monies. We also feed the homeless the day of blanket distribution.
2) The SDCA, Inc. "Unity Fun Day" in San Diego, California
Through "Unity Fun Day", we seek to bring families and friends together to express themselves socially and artistically while being able to enjoy visitors from all over the world. Just as the founder of the organization mother did, Estelle Agatha Cumberbatch, for years. This organization and the "Unity Fun Day" is in remembrance of her good work and the ideals she sought to uphold.
3) The SDCA, Inc. Annual Christmas Awards Ceremony and Banquet in San Diego, California
Every December, SDCA, Inc. has an awards banquet in which it honors those that have made positive contributions to the organization and the community.
4) The SDCA, Inc. and The Silver City & Victory Valley Reunion Association, Ltd. Environmental Clean Up Project in Guyana, South America
In March of 2015 SDCA, Inc. and its sister organization, The Silver City & Victory Valley Reunion Association, Ltd. (SC&VV, Ltd.) launched their first Environmental Clean Up Project in Guyana, South America. Locals were shown proper means of trash disposal and the importance of keeping drainage and cutters clear for rainfall. Plans are on the way for SDCA, Inc. and the Silver City & Victory Valley Reunion Association, Ltd. (SC&VV, Ltd.) to team up with other international conservation groups to protect Guyana rain forest.
Click on the SDCA, Inc. Youtube Channel link to see a video of the work that was performed. www.youtube.com/SDCA
5) The SDCA, Inc. and Silver City & Victory Valley Reunion Association, Ltd. (SC&VV, Ltd.) Community Out Reach Program for the elderly in Guyana, South America
We believe in respecting and caring for our elderly in our communities. On the 10 of April 2015, SDCA, Inc. and SC&VV, Ltd. mobilized a team that distributed food, hampers, and other items to a group of elderly citizens of Guyana. These donations came from local businesses in the Linden area. On 10 May 2016, SDCA, Inc. and SC&VV, Ltd. plan to conduct their 2nd Annual Silver City and Victory Valley reunion community out reach program for the elderly.
6) SDCA, Inc. Annual Thanksgiving Feeding of the Homeless in San Diego, California
For the past three years, SDCA, Inc. has been serving meals to the homeless on thanksgiving day. In 2015, we served more than 75 warm meals that day on the corner of 16th and Island Ave. We also pass out new and used cloth to the homeless on that day. See our gallery link to see pictures of the 2015 thanksgiving meals feeding program. In 2016, we served over 200 meals on thanksgiving day.
7) The SDCA, Inc. and Silver City & Victory Valley Reunion Association, Ltd. (SC&VV, Ltd.) SPELLING B competition in Linden, Guyana, South America
SDCA, Inc. and SC&VV, Ltd. hosted their first annual SPELLING B competition on 10 of April 2015 in Linden, Guyana. Students from 5 different high school participated. The winning team won $100 USD. Everyone that participated in the competition received a price donated by SDCA, Inc. The third annual SPELLING B is scheduled for May 2017 at the Silver City recreational field in Linden, Guyana.
Future programs SDCA, Inc. has under development include the following:
1) The SDCA, Inc. Integrity and Ethics Workshops in San Diego, California
2) The SDCA, Inc. "2017 San Diego West Coast Multicultural Carnival and Festival"
3) The SDCA, Inc. Online Life Enhancement Tutoring
Starting September of 2017, SDCA, Inc. will be offering free online tutoring services. Topics that will be tutored include math, english, and science. In addition, tutoring services will be offered for those that need assistance with Microsoft Office Programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
Having a problem solved is as easy as a cell phone pictures away. If a student is stuck on a problem, all they will have to do is take a picture with their cell phone of the problem and email it to us. For more elaborate and sophisticating sessions, the computer remote access software Team Viewer or Join Me can be used for live tutoring. If anyone needs live tutoring, just simply click on the link (live tutoring), fill out the application, and someone from SDCA, Inc. will get back to them.
Starting January of 2018, juniors and seniors in high school can submit a 1000 words or less essay on the topic "What Does One Love, Respect, and Unity Means to Me?" Essay winners will be announced June of 2018, with the deadline to submit all essays being April 30, 2018. Winning prizes will be as follows:
First Prize - $500
Second Prize - $250
Third Prize - $125
Click the link below for all applicable rules and regulations.
SDCA, Inc. Long Term Project
One of SDCA, Inc. long term project is the "THE ESTELLA CUMBERBATCH HOMELESS REHABILITATION CENTER & SHELTER". This $40 million, six stories complex will be comprised of 1200 sleeping capsules/tubes for the homeless to utilize at night. In addition to the sleeping accomodation, doctors, drug counselors, nurses, and mental health specialists will be available to help the homeless. This is a long term project and SDCA, Inc. expects to start construction in 2027 after raising the appropriate capital. The following link are preliminary AutoCad drawings of the project in Adobe PDF. As time progresses, more detail drawings will be developed.
SDCA, Inc. hopes this homeless center and shelter will become a model for other cities to follow.
Since August of 2002, Mr. Elton Jason Cumberbatch, the founder/CEO and president of the San Diego Caribbean Association, Inc., has been a proud member of the United States Navy. After he finished basic training in 2002, he was stationed on the USS Constellation, one of the US Navy aircraft carriers, where he was deployed to the Gulf region for 6 months as a fireman.
After leaving the USS Constellation, Mr. Cumberbatch was assigned to Assault Unit 1 Troop Transport Carrier engineering department where he worked on diesel engines and HVAC systems. He worked in that capacity for 5 years before he became a Navy recruiter in 2008. From 2008 to 2011, Elton was a Navy recruiter and became the number one recruiter for his district. For that accomplishment, he was awarded the Admiral Accelerated Medal and was promoted to first class petty officer.
On April 15, 2011, Elton was assigned to the USS Pearl Harbor engineering department. He was engineering leading petty officer on the ship responsible for the auxilary main space. He served four years in that position before returning to his passion, recruiting in November of 2015.
Elton is a native of Guyana, South America. He is the youngest of nine children his mom and dad were blessed to have. Unfortunately, his dad passed away when he was two years of age, but thank God for the beautiful and great mother he was fortunate to have. His mother worked very hard to provide for him and his siblings. Growing up under her care was a noteworthy experience.
Elton and his mother migrated to the United States February 8, 1997. They lived in the state of Maryland for five years before Elton decided to joined the United States Navy in 2002.
Elton believes in spreading the joy the caribbean culture brings to every culture, our communities, and to humanity; thus, he formed the San Diego Caribbean Association, Inc. (SDCA, Inc.). The organization vision, motto, and creed is "ONE LOVE, RESPECT, AND UNITY".
The biggest motivation toward the forming of SDCA, Inc. is the late Estelle Agatha Cumberbatch, the mother of SDCA, Inc. founder and CEO Elton Cumberbatch. EIton counts himself very fortunate to be the son of this extraordinary and selfless woman, who is his biggest hero.
A woman that demonstrated true love and compassion to everyone she encountered, Ms. Cumberbatch went on to be with the lord on October 2, 2010. In mid September 2012, as Elton was reflecting on his mother, this taught came to him, "What can he do in honor of her memory?" Ms. Cumberbatch was a loving, respectable, and caring individual, who loves to see people living in unity and peace. To honor her, Elton decided to host a "Unity Fun Day" in the park. Even though the time period for planning and promotion of this event was short, the turn out was huge. Hundreds of people showed up with all kinds of dishes. This event is what gave birth to San Diego Caribbean Association, Inc.
Jeff Ricketts, one of SDCA, Inc. advisory board members, was born in England and raised in Jamaica. After migrating to the US, he lived in New York until he enlisted in the US Navy where his first and all duty stations were in California, with most of it being in San Diego.
Jeff is retired from the Navy, still lives in San Diego, and now works for the USPS. He has been involved with the Caribbean music industry in San Diego for over 30 years and feels we need to take the culture to a higher level, not just musically, but culturally also. After discovering San Diego Caribbean Association, Inc. he liked the direction the association was heading. Promoting the SDCA, Inc. is Jeff contribution towards helping the caribbean culture grow, not only in San Diego, but on the west coast.
Ms. Sharon Cumberbatch is the sister of SDCA, Inc. founder and CEO Elton Cumberbatch, and is a native of Guyana, South America. She migrated to the wonderful State of California in 2008. Sharon is presently employed as an in home provider.Taking care elderly is her passion. She came from a productive family of nine, where we honor and respect the elderly. She is the 8th siblings out of the nine children.
Her parents raised all the children in a christian lifestyle, with "Love, Respect, & Unity" being the core values. After her mother's passing, Sharon teamed up with her brother and helped created the"Unity Fun Day" SDCA, Inc. There is an old Chinese proverb that says "A Journey Of A Thousand Miles Starts With The First Footstep". The SDCA, Inc. board, membership, volunteers, and friends have taken that first step. Sharon believes all everyone in the organization has to is their best and God will do the rest for us.
U.S. veteran Mr. Damion D. Cole is the secretary of the SDCA, Inc. Mr. Cole is currently specializes in the accounting and handling of extremely lethal and deadly arsenals used and kept by the U.S. military valued at over 45 million dollars. He is one of four material handlers for the San Diego naval region qualified to move, store, and account for such sensitive and expensive material.
Prior to his arrival, Mr. Cole was a missile tech for the Tomahawk missile shop at Naval Weapons Station, in Seal Beach, California. He has completed a 20 year career in the United States Navy followed by employment with the Department of Defense. Presently, Damion is pursuing an Information Technician degree at Cuyamaca College, and gaining certificates at New Horizons learning center.
When not at work, or school, he is active in his son’s education which involves teaching him about the Caribbean and Asia cultures. Mr. Cole was born and raised in West Texas. The San Diego Caribbean Association, Inc. has afforded him and his son the opportunity to learn and cherish the beautiful beliefs and cuisine of the Caribbean.