What is APACC?

The Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative (APACC) is a group of organizations dedicated to improving the Anacostia River Corridor. We envision community-led, equitable improvement of the Anacostia River parks and adjacent neighborhoods in Wards 7 and 8, as well as a thorough cleanup of the Anacostia River.

The core concept of APACC is that it is community led, and focused on equity for the communities adjacent to the Anacostia River and its parks. APACC is not just about the Anacostia River; it is about equity and the quality of life in communities that live along the river. Restoring the Anacostia and its parklands is central to achieving these goals.

Why Become a Member of APACC?

A primary goal of APACC is to collectively build the capacity of organizations who are working to improve communities and their environment in Wards 7 and 8 of the District of Columbia. Some of the benefits of membership with APACC include: 

  • Build relationships with government agencies and officials, and participate in frequent discussions and other meetings with key elected and appointed officials. Meet with and educate key decision-makers on critical issues, including legislative and budget considerations.
     
  • Join other organizations to host events focused on community engagement around the Anacostia River and parkland, and health and environmental education.
     
  • Stay up to date on evolving local issues, with a particular focus on issues affecting Ward 7 and 8 residents, including toxic sediment remediation of the Anacostia, community access to the river parklands, land use, affordable housing, jobs, and more
     
  • Connect your organization to a network of professional community leaders in the fields of advocacy and public policy, community outreach and engagement, event planning, and grassroots organizing.

The Anacostia Park & Community Collaborative welcomes your organizations' ideas, participation, and membership. Join us to help build a truly creative and relevant coalition for the future of the Anacostia River.

Why Become a Partner of APACC?

Partnering with APACC may make more sense for your organization than joining as a member.

Perhaps your organization is interested in a very specific part of APACC’s work, or a very specific partnership opportunity or you are unsure about making the full commitment we ask of member organizations. That’s ok! Your organization does not have to be a member of APACC in order to partner with APACC or APACC member organizations on activities of mutual interest. In fact it may at times make sense for all parties to partner on specific mutual interests rather than trying to fully come together. For example, fair housing advocates and APACC might want to partner on a one-time community outreach event, but it may or may not make sense for the fair housing advocates to become full members of APACC.