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The Austin Black Newcomers Association (ABNA) fosters community engagement by providing culturally sensitive programs and a network of supportive relationships for emerging leaders. We also offer a web directory of local organizations to enhance new residents' personal and professional lives.




"This site welcomes all visitors regardless of ethnicity. However, the idea was conceived because of my personal experience when I moved here from the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2008. It was fairly easy to find entertainment, restaurants, and a church home. However, finding the associations and nonprofit organizations my family has belonged to for generations took a lot more effort. African-Americans comprise 7.4% of the population (U.S. Census Bureau 2008). Depending on where you live and work, it can be challenging to connect with the vibrant and historic black community.

I began this community service initiative to help you quickly find things it often takes months or years for new residents to discover. Use this portal to link to the websites of the numerous nonprofit organizations, professional associations, events, and resources that don't always show up in the search engine results. Whatever you seek is probably here and, if it's not, there's opportunity and support to make it happen. There is nothing to join. No dues. No monthly meetings. Our primary goal is to help you plug into this vibrant community by making it easier to find out what's already available. We know from experience, making a social investment in the community: creating connections, adds a third, fulfilling dimension to your quality of life. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Twitter for regular updates on social and cultural events throughout Central Texas."