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About us:

The Vietnamese American Community of Greater Dallas (VACGD) was founded in 1984 by its 37 charter members as a non-profit organization. The main purpose of the VACGD is to assist newly-arrived refugees from Vietnam in their daunting task of adjusting to a totally new way of life in America. Since its inception 30 years ago, countless refugee families have been served, at no cost at all, by the VACCGD’s caring volunteers. ESL classes, cross-cultural orientation, job referral service, counseling program, and so on, have been provided for the refugee families. Additional purposes include maintaining Vietnamese culture and language for the ever-growing community and serving as a communication bridge between the community, local, state, and federal governments. Along with tireless volunteers and generous donors like The Meadows Foundation, the VACGD has been led by its formally elected boards of directors, who select community presidents among themselves. The founding community president was Professor Phap Dam, who was succeeded by other capable presidents. While all boards of directors and community presidents have served with distinction, Dr. Tich Truong and Mr. Tuong Nguyen have done the most for our community so far. While Dr. Truong turned the VACGD into a recognized leader among Vietnamese American communities across the United States, Mr. Nguyen was instrumental in the creation of the Vietnamese American Activities Center in Dallas. The current president of the VACGD is Mr. Jason Ly. The VACGD aims to increase the educational programs to meet the needs of the Vietnamese community. We shall expand our services and educational programs that benefit our children as well as activities that help adults live longer and healthier lives; maintain the community building where most of our social events take place.

Our missions:

  1. Uniting Vietnamese Americans for mutual assistance and collective social advancement in their new environment.
  2. Preserving the Vietnamese culture and traditions.
  3. Serving as a communication bridge between local authorities and other ethnic communities.
  4. Assisting victims of natural disasters and victims of social or family violence.
  5. Providing pro-bono service to the desperate elderly or handicapped community members.
  6. Encouraging youths to go to college by providing scholarships or interest-free loans.