In July 1987, a group of dedicated individuals, under the leadership of the late Mr. David Haughton, formed Jamaica Awareness Association of California. The other founding members include Wilcox Bodden, Keith R. Campbell, Errol Darnell, Phyllis Davis (deceased), Rose Lanam, Hope Miller, Dr. Marian Miller (deceased), Dane Kamou Herukhuti, Jackie Small, Sharon Small, Antonio Waite and Elise Waite-Waters. The primary objective of the organization is to make a positive difference in the lives of the underprivileged and serve the needy in our local and international communities. As part of its growth process, JAAC has expanded its goals to promote Jamaican culture in a positive way, creating opportunities for cross-cultural interaction within the larger community.
The organization has responded to many requests for assistance from groups and individuals within the local California community and abroad and has provided toys, food and financial assistance those in need. In addition, JAAC conducts an annual mission trip that provides medical, educational, mental health, and technology services to underprivileged areas of Jamaica. We continually strive to improve our fundraising efforts through active group participation as well as on an individual basis. Its members treat each other with mutual respect and trust through honesty and candor as embodied in our Core Values.
To work with the community at large in a joint effort to aid the less fortunate and also to have a better understanding of each other’s culture.
To promote awareness of and provide support to the underserved communities in the areas of health and education. We realize our goals by bringing the community together, increasing our active membership, and hosting several fundraising activities each year.