The Asian American Resource Center Nonprofit Organization (AARC Nonprofit) is a Texas 501(c)3 corporation committed improving quality of life for all Asians living in Austin. Our organization cultivates community partnerships and programs in the areas of cultural arts, Asian American history and heritage education, refugee/new immigrant services, senior enrichment and community health and wellness.
Originally established to support the construction and operation of a resource center for the pan-Asian American community of Austin. On March 29, 2012, that dream was achieved when the City of Austin broke ground to build a historic 16,400 square-foot multi-purpose building, to serve not only the Asian American community, but the Austin community at large.
Upon the center’s opening in the Fall of 2013, the AARC Nonprofit focused on creating culturally appropriate programming and exhibitions for Austin’s Asian community.
For the grand opening, the AARC Nonprofit curated the facility’s inaugural exhibit, “Asian Texans: Untold Stories”, the first exhibit in the United States to share the history of Asian Americans in Texas. Since the completion of Phase I of the facility, the AARC Nonprofit successfully advocated for programs that serve the community’s needs including the RICE senior meal program and free English as a second language (ESL) classes.
In 2014 AARC Nonprofit completed an unprecedented study, the Asian American Health Assessment in Austin that lead to City Council’s creation of an Asian American Quality of Life Initiative and Commission.
In 2015 the Nonprofit expanded on the Health Assessment by taking on an Outreach and Engagement project to research national best practices and provide recommendations to the City of Austin’s Health and Human Services Department for better engagement to the Asian American community. Additionally, we launched an anti-bullying workshop for refugee youth in partnership with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) and the Austin Police Department (APD). Furthermore, we establishing a series of senior computer classes to help community members improve life skills.
In 2016, the AARC Nonprofit in partnership with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) launched an Asian American History Project for several Austin area Elementary schools to teach our youth about Asian American identity and contributions. Additionally, we started the Community Health Navigator (CHN) Program to provide free healthcare access services to the underserved Asian and Asian communities in their local languages and by providing health and wellness seminars.