The Greater Chinatown Community Association (GCCA) is a community based organization that serves low income Chinese immigrants by providing culturally competent social service consultation and educational programs. We promote community solidarity and inclusiveness while ensuring the next generation of immigrants has access to the American Dream. In 1965, Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality act; this lead to an influx of new immigrants arriving in New York’s Chinatown trying to make a better life for their family. While the new immigrants were enthusiastic and hardworking, many came from an impoverished background and did not have a support network to help them transition from life in China to life in the United States. A group of civic minded immigrants who had arrived before 1965 came together to pass along their experiences and help the new immigrants better integrate into American Society. In 1972 that group of immigrants formally became the Greater Chinatown Community Association.
Since our founding the GCCA has served over 50,000 clients, more than 1000 annually, through multiple city contracted programs and our case-management services. The scope of our services has expanded from simply providing low income immigrants with social service consultation to include a wide variety of education programs ranging from ESL to SAT prep classes. GCCA’s goal is to improve the well-being of hard working immigrants, who struggle to obtain a better life for their families. Our service focuses on “integration through education.” For immigrants, the path to integration ultimately lies through education—social and academic. We provide social service consultation to help low income immigrant families survive; we provide accessible education to help them and their children thrive.Our Volunteers