EMBRACING DIVERSITY SINCE 1975
The Albany Park Community Center, Inc. (APCC), is a not-for-profit, community-based organization located in the multi-ethnic Chicago neighborhood of Albany Park. The Center operates a wide range of programs and services in and around the community we serve and since its inception, has been the largest social service agency exclusively serving Albany Park. The Center's program facility is located at 5101 North Kimball Avenue.
APCC was incorporated on September 24, 1975 and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors operating under a Charter from the State of Illinois and the Board's By-Laws. The Board of Directors applied for a United Way of Metropolitan Chicago in 1976 and was accepted as a two-year provisional member in 1977. Based on the agency's excellent first year performance, United Way waived the second year of provisional membership and accepted the Center as a regular and full member in 1978.
Albany Park has been the site of dramatic community transition over the years. Predominantly upper-working class Jewish residents lived in the area until the early 1960's. Over the past 40 years, the population profile has changed to include a high percentage of poverty-level and low-income working class residents from a variety of backgrounds. Although the majority of its foreign-born residents are from Latin America, substantial numbers are from the Philippines, India, Korea, Cambodia, Somalia, the Former Yugoslavia, Romania, Pakistan and the Middle East. Over 40 different languages are spoken in its public schools and Albany Park is now recognized as one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the entire United States.