We write to invite you to the grand opening of the Washington West African Center scheduled to take place at the Alderwood Business Campus, (19203 36th Avenue W, Suite 210, Lynnwood, WA 98036) on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 from 12pm to 4pm.
After operating as an all-volunteer organization from the living room of our Founder and Executive Director and the parking lot of grocery stores for several years, it could be recalled that in 2020, WAWAC opened our very first office on 164th Street in Lynnwood to serve as a one-stop hub and a safe haven where we provide several culturally appropriate wrapped-around services to the West African community in Washington State ranging from a Drop-in-Center, Rental Assistance and bill payment, Transportation Services, Language Interpretation and translation, youth and kids programs, seniors support, outreach and advocacy, networking and many more community centered and focused services with the goal to improve quality of lives of our people.
less than 3 years, WAWAC has grown exponentially. What started as an all-volunteer organization now became a $1.3m project with 8 staff and over 20 volunteers.
Not only did the demand for our services continue to increase, but we gained the trust of more and more partners at every level (both government and non-governmental agencies as well as the private sector) resulting in expanded services and new initiatives to drive our mission.
This reason, coupled with recommendations from an executive summary by a group of Nursing students from UW Bothell, in 2022, the WAWAC board tasks the ED to look for a new place to move to that can accommodate the growing demands and needs of the West African community.
And after more than a year of searching, we were able to find a place that would serve as the new home of the West African community in Washington State for the next three years.
The greatest asset our community needs is meaningful financial support and this cannot be put in any better word. We would like to get into capital investment. Because of all the challenges, barriers, systemic racism and other issues we face, we believe the ultimate solution to our basic problems (housing, food, childcare, transportation, literacy etc) is to pursue capital investment. Our vision is to buy our own land that we will build to suit. This land, the futuristic “West African Village” will house office space, a daycare, a state of the art event hall, some temporary/transitional housing units, food distribution center, skill learning center and a mini shopping center. It shall serve as a safe heaven and a one-stop-shop for our community members.
This move is a major milestone for WAWAC and our community and as such shall be marked by a day filled with fun and various edutainment activities such as live African music by Pa Bobo Jobarteh and son , food, resource booths, kids activities and speeches. We have invited various dignitaries including the Governor of Washington Jay Inslee, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, the Mayors of different cities in King and Snohomish counties and several State Lawmakers.
In light of the significance of the occasion, we kindly invite you to the official Grand Opening of the new home of the West African community .
Your presence would be an honor and a testament to your commitment to promoting cultural understanding, diversity and inclusion. Please refer to the RSVP link and flyer for further details regarding the day’s events and kindly share with your network.
While you attend our grand opening, we encourage you to remember WAWAC as the 911 & 211 of our community and support our course to acquire land and build our futuristic “West African Village” which will support us achieve our goals and significantly reduce our long lasting struggle caused by systemic racism, language barriers, low level of education and other factors.
If you would like to support WAWAC to provide transportation to more members of the West African community in Washington State, contact us on 253-235-2132,
or Send a check to the Washington West African Center 19203 36th Avenue W, Suite 210,Lynnwood, WA 98036
The Washington West African Center, connecting West Africans in Washington with local resources and bridge the gap between us and the wider community. If we don’t have it, we go find it.