West African Community Council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in the Seattle area that serves West Africans, Africans, and the broader communities of colors in the King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties of Washington State.
Mission: The West African Community Council’s mission is to advocate, organize, assist, educate and support West African community members while preserving our traditions, culture, social, religious and moral beliefs. The WACC carries out its mission by offering programs and services that help West African immigrants and refugees overcome struggles and barriers that create and perpetuate inequities including: cultural barriers, language barriers, poverty, lack of access to health care, racial profiling and lack of education and training.
Vision: West Africans working with the broader international community to create a world free of barriers and conflicts, where each individual reaches their full potential.
Values: Our organization is dedicated to serving families from all social backgrounds, regardless of their ethnicity, sexual orientation, cultural or religious beliefs.
The West African Community Council was founded in 2010, by West African immigrants from Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea and other parts of the region, who believed that success is determined by one’s ability to identify and manifest a life’s purpose. That is why we work to provide everyone with the necessary tools for unlocking their potential. Since inception, WACC has helped West Africans and other refugee and immigrant communities thrive in the Puget Sound area, and now serves 4,000 people per year. Learn more
Our staff and board of directors are embedded in the West African community, and many of our excellent team members, including our Executive Director Issa Ndiaye, are immigrants as well. Our shared cultural customs, traditions, and history with the individuals we serve has helped us build trust within the community. Learn more
Partners & Stakeholders
Our work has been made possible through the many powerful connections of our trusted partners and stakeholders who share the vision and values of our organization. In our efforts to leverage City and State funding to open doors for our community, WACC has built key partnerships with dozens of other West African Country Associations, and continues to strengthen relationships with government bodies who hold the keys towards making equitable and sustainable systems change. Learn more
WACC is currently located in Rainier Valley, home of King County’s highest concentration of immigrants and refugees. After recent completion of our headquarters, we are excited to announce future projects to expand services deeper into the immigrant corridor of King County towards SeaTac, as well as into the heart of Downtown Seattle.