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Mission & History

Who We Are

Mission and Vision

Mission: The Asian Community & Cultural Center supports and empowers all refugees and immigrants through programs and services and advances the sharing of Asian culture and the celebration of multicultural heritage with the community at large.

Vision: Immigrants in Lincoln and surrounding areas will have access to the resources and support they need to lead better lives.

History


In 1992, under the auspices of the Lincoln Interfaith Council, organization began for the Asian Community and Cultural Center. Leaders in the community from multiple Asian backgrounds joined together, initially meeting in one another’s homes, to envision what the ACCC could become. They wanted to create a community space for education, welfare, recreation, and fellowship, to preserve cultural heritage and promote the well-being of their peoples. They imagined that the Center would serve both long-term and recently arrived immigrants and refugees from Asian countries as well as native born Asian Americans. 
On October 1, 1994, the Center opened its doors at 140 S. 27th Street with bi-lingual Vietnamese speaking staff and on October 1, 1997 the Center hired its first Executive Director. In March 1998, ACCC became an Independent 501 (C) (3) Non Profit Corporation. The ACCC was the home of the Fusion Project for six years, from 2006-2012, and served as a hub for all recently arrived refugee communities in Lincoln. Since its inception, the ACCC has been located near 27th and O Streets and was located there until August 2016, when the ACCC moved to their current location at 144 N 44th Street. Now after over 20 years of service, many immigrants and refugees still see the Asian Center as “home” regardless of ethnic background and national origin.

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