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"At WACA, we are committed to service and the advancement of our participants and partners..."

Ernest Jenkins WACA CEO

The WACA way...

The Westside Association for Community Action, WACA, as it is affectionately known in service arenas, is a non-profit, community-based, social service agency. We are proud to say that we have provided a wide range of critical services to residents within the Lawndale, Austin, Brighton Park and Garfield communities. Founded in 1971, and located on Chicago's Westside, our mission has been to identify and alleviate problems that contribute to the disintegration of our communal fabric. Within our multi-service community based network, we work diligently to increase the strength of familial ties, maintain and develop important bi-partisan relationships, while also expanding our local, state, and national networks of community based providers committed to working with at-risk youth by offering positive alternatives to negligent life-styles.

WACA's is board of directors and its membership consists of community organizations, public and private agencies, business and industry, block clubs and individuals representative of every sector of the Lawndale community and its' supporters outside. In 1977 WACA was formally incorporated as a not-for-profit institution to take on direct operations of some of the services indicated by the regular discussion of local needs and interests-especially those requiring interagency collaboration.