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AACCES Connect:  Bridging the Digital Divide

CONGRATULATIONS to those who have received a laptop and/or wifi booster thus far!


We are still going through applications that were submitted by the deadline, so if you haven't heard from us yet, you will!


There is concern in our local communities that many students do not have the technology needed for online learning during this pandemic.   AACCES would like to help students succeed in this new normal of hybrid learning.  Please fill out our application/questionnaire for a chance to receive a chrome book for school and personal use.




African American Community, Cultural and Educational Society Call for Art

AACCES, in partnership with DrewBoy Creative, extends a call for art highlighting African American contribution through culture, community, and education to the Tri-Cities and beyond.


This show is in honor of the late Robin Mitchell, a long time champion of the arts and pillar of leadership and light in our community.

The show will be curated by an AACCES Selection Committee. All mediums will be considered. This is a juried show, with awards given to artworks that best represent the spirit of the show, including a people's choice award. Preference will be given to African American artists and artists who reside in the Tri-Cities, WA.

This show is sponsored by &yet.  Our sponsor has provided $1,000 for artist stipends. The funds will be divided between the participating artists. If you are interested in sponsoring this art show and increasing the stipend funds, contact DrewBoy Creative at

Exhibition of art will likely be in May and June of 2021. The art show opening will be determined by the COVID-19 Phase we are in the Tri-Cities, WA. AACCES and DBC reserve the right to bump the date out to provide for the safest and most successful show possible.

Please click the link below to see the full details.



AACCES wholeheartedly supports the fight against racism, police brutality against people of color, and an unequal justice system.  We as individuals, and as an organization, send our condolences to George Floyd’s family and friends, and to all those who have lost someone to police violence.  We stand with the peaceful protesters trying to bring about change and have America live up to its promise of equal justice for all, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. AACCES will work toward this end. We thank those who put their health and lives on the line for this cause and will support them. 

AACCES Members

Vanis Daniels, President

Shawn Fite, V. President

Antoinette Fite, Secretary & Communications

Vanessa Moore, Treasurer

Cecilia Randolph, Membership & Recruitment Chair

Leonard Moore, History & Recognition, Chair

Members: Barbara Daniels, Tanya Bowers, Hannah Bonham, Naima Chambers-Smith, 

Felissa Woods, Denise Algood, Kathy Breese



In our on-going efforts to be extra helpful in the community during this pandemic, AACCES has donated to the Covid-19 Emergency Fund - CBC CARES Act. 

As of June 30, 2020, CBC had awarded emergency grants to 1,168 Students.  According to the CARES Act, the grants are intended to be used for:  childcare, course materials, food/groceries, housing/rent, medical/healthcare, technology, tuition and fees, and/or utilities.

The application process is now closed until August.  For more information on the CBC CARES Act, please visit

AACCES is thankful to our community sponsors for making it possible to participate in helping CBC students during these trying times.




June 28, 2020:

A HUGE thank you to FMS Global Strategies LLC along with Tri-Cities WA Chapter of The Links Incorporated for bringing together SoZo Food Bank, AACCES, The Tri-Cities Diversity & Inclusion Council, Women of Wisdom -WOW TriCities and Black Lives Matter Coalition: Tri-Cities, to distribute food, masks, backpacks and school supplies to local families!

What a great way to spend the day!

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AACCES donated $10,000 to three local organizations to help people in financial need and boost food support for Tri-Citians. 


The Helping Hands funds of Franklin PUD and Benton PUD each received $2,500. Another $5,000 was donated to 2nd Harvest, where every $1 donated can provide up to 5 meals for families experiencing food insecurity.



Building Bridges and Bringing People Together.

At AACCES, our mission is to engage the

Mid-Columbia Community in improving African-American quality of life and increasing awareness about African-American participation and contributions through cultural and educational activities and outreach programs.