Founded in August 1997, The Vietnamese American Community of Austin, Texas (VACAT) is a 501c(3) non-profit
and community-based organization.
Since inception, VACAT has touched many lives in Central Texas - through charitable, educational and cultural
events and has gradually expanded its operations and services to respond to the evolving community needs and interests of the local
Vietnamese-American population (est. 20,000). By partnering with many great sponsors over the years, our annual Tet New Year festival has attracted thousands of people
We actively engages with the greater Austin community to promote cultural awareness and appreciation, and
provides social and educational services. Our programs and initiatives currently include:
cultural arts, networking & outreach, educational and social justice advocacy. All of
VACAT's activities focus on the importance of preserving the Vietnamese cultural heritage and developing
capacities required by Vietnamese Americans in making key decisions that promote
long-term sustain-ability, including economic prosperity, a healthy community, and social well-being. VACAT works with a wide range of other communities and
organizations from greater Austin communities regarding employment, social service, senior care and health related issues.
Our collaborative relationships include: Asian American Resource Center (ARCC), Network of Asian American
Organizations (NAAO), Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC), Asian Desi Pacific Islander American Collective (APAC),
CommUnityCare, Vietnamese American Medical Professional Society, Asian Family Support Services of Austin (AFSSA), Vietnamese
Senior Association, SVSQ Thu Duc, Union of Vietnamese Student Association (UVSA), Saigon Broadcasting Television Network (SBTN), Bao Tre
Magazine, local dance groups, local Vietnamese Buddhist temples and churches, American Red Cross, Children Hospital, Travis County Sheriff Office, Austin Police Dept.
With the help of its sponsors, the dedication of its staff, and the strong support in the community, VACAT
will continue its leadership role in the social, civic and economic development areas as it grows with the Austin greater community.