In 1980, a group of community leaders met in Fresno and established Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW). Pioneering members developed the organization by modeling sister Asian and Pacific Islander women’s organizations in Los Angeles and the Bay Area and formed the Central California branch. Today our membership of professionals, educators, health providers, businesswomen, community activist, Asian and Pacific Islander organizational representatives and community leaders continues our mission after 33 years.
CCAPW is here today because of its loyal membership base, committed leaders, and a pride of heritage and community. The participation, leadership and commitment of our members to support young women in their educational endeavors serve to promote our mission, and forged the growth of a respected and visible organization for and with women and girls in California’s Central Valley.
Our network of past and current board of directors impressively lists seasoned non-profit professionals, educators, health professionals, businesswomen, and community leaders. While offering financial support to young women graduating from high school, additional resources were provided to women re-entering paths to attain further education or vocational training. In addition to providing financial support, CCAPW members organized and participated in seminars and conferences on women.
Topics over the years have included mental and physical health, financial literacy, and leadership. We have provided opportunities to showcase culture and celebrate our heritage.
In recent years, past scholarship recipients have returned to CCAPW to tell their success stories. They return to become CCAPW members, advisors and leaders. The scholarships awarded to these young women continue to prove to be great investments in our future and in our community. Read about some of these women featured in past newsletters:
CCAPW has collaborated with national, statewide, and local organizations to expand programs and opportunities for Central Valley organizations, students and the general public including:
Central California’s Asian and Pacific Islander community is strengthened by our involvement in and support of community issues and concerns. Our board and members continue to participate and be visible promoters of sister/brother organizations with common goals and missions.