VALUES: WLCAC is trusted to provide high quality services that are relevant to the community in a way that is responsible, resourceful and compassionate.
TIM WATKINS
We taught the rest of the nation how to revolt. And now it's upon us to teach the rest of the nation and the world how to use unity as the glue that holds us together and take the tools of cooperation and build that better future.” – Tim Watkins, WLCAC President and CEO

The Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) has been working with people in Watts to improve the quality of life since 1965. We hold the hands of people in need by providing a place to sleep, food to eat, money to earn and love to grow. Over the last 45 years, we have grown to hold more than 30,000 hands per year through the tireless commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers.

WLCAC led and won the community fight to build King Medical Center, Watts’ first credit union as well as its first major bank. WLCAC also spearheaded the launching of the first transportation, homeownership, and employment programs in the Watts Community.

And we are not resting on our laurels. The WLCAC continues to breathe new life into the community by:
  • Building McCoy Villa, Watts' first and only state of the art major housing complex for homeless families
  • Cultivating South Los Angeles' first farm (Mudtown Farms), an urban agriculture initiative that will bring cutting edge economic and environmental sustainability to Watts
  • Adding to the only museum with a permanent civil rights exhibition in South Los Angeles
  • Creating Watts' first public policy institute, dedicated to the study, planning and development of the Central Avenue Corridor and the surrounding area.

With Tim’s leadership WLCAC is growing as a cultural institution. He is also leading a much needed discussion on the concept of new local industry initiatives as potential solutions to long-term poverty and neglect.

WLCAC has stood the test of time and is firmly rooted in making life better in Watts, one person at a time.

Moving toward WLCAC’s 50th anniversary in 2015, Tim is excited about new opportunities, and determined to become an even better neighbor and partner with our beautiful Watts family.