The Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) is the nation’s largest Asian American social services organization.
Founded in 1965, CPC promotes the social and economic empowerment of Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities of New York City.
We are guided by our organizational values:
We are our community. We are committed, inclusive, and responsive.
We embrace our community. We are reliable, trusted, and transparent and hold ourselves to the highest quality standards.
We empower our community. We inspire leadership, equity, and progress.
Letter from the Board Chair and CEO
Though much has changed in the last year, CPC is ensuring New Yorkers have the resources they need to not only be safe but also continue to have opportunities to thrive. Whether working from home or out in your neighborhood, CPC is providing immediate relief and advancing a strong recovery for those who are too often underserved, overlooked, or underrepresented.
In this annual report, you will read about challenges facing our community members during the pandemic, including a story of a mother trying to secure food for her newborn and a high school student navigating his parents’ unemployment. Every community member was strengthened with support from a CPC staff member who stayed connected throughout their struggle.
The theme of this year’s annual report, #AlwaysEssential, was chosen to recognize our staff’s efforts as essential workers. On the cover pages, you see their work in action. Taken as a whole, this work shows what can be accomplished when people come together across generations, sectors, and neighborhoods to learn from each other, build collective action, and find hope, strength, and joy.
CPC’s vision for the future is to advance and transform communities.
In addition to expanding our services to address community needs exacerbated by the pandemic, we pursued our vision by defending our communities against harmful policies like Public Charge and the now-removed citizenship question on the Census. We have mobilized our staff, hundreds of human services providers, and thousands of community members to focus on achieving a complete count of our communities so that resources are allocated equitably. We are calling on decisionmakers to fully fund services for our communities, including higher wages for essential workers. We are seeking racial justice in the face of xenophobia, discrimination, and hate.
Your partnership and support have been integral to CPC achieving our mission. Thank you for continuing to make a difference in the lives of Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities of New York City!
All photos provided by CPC and its staff with the permission of the subject.