Polish American Congress
The Polish American Congress is a National Umbrella Organization, representing at least 10 million Americans of Polish descent and origin. Its membership is comprised of fraternal, educational, veteran, religious, cultural, social, business, political organizations and individual membership. The Polish American community prides itself on its deeply rooted commitment to the values of family, faith, democracy, hard work and fulfillment of the American dream. We are present in every state and virtually every community in America, on various social, business and economic levels.
Polish American Congress, National Office:
5711 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646
Tel: (312) 763-9944
Fax: (312) 763-7114
Polish American Congress, Washington Office:
1612 K. St., N.W., Suite 410
Washington, D.C. 20006
Tel: (202) 296-6955
Fax: (202) 835-1565
Polish American Congress, Northern New Jersey Office:
New Jersey, Northern Division
Cracovia Polish House
196 Main Avenue
Wallington, NJ 07057
The Polish American Congress (PAC) was founded in May 1944 when representatives of the Polish American community met in Buffalo, NY to create a national organization. The founders envisioned an entity that would represent the interests of Polish Americans in the United States and continue the struggle for a free, democratic, and independent Poland.
Today, the Polish American Congress, an “umbrella” organization, is a federation of over 3000 Polish American organizations and clubs, ranging from national fraternal benefit societies, such as the Polish National Alliance, Polish Women’s Alliance, Polish Roman Catholic Union, Polish Falcons and others, including veteran, cultural, professional, religious and social associations, with aggregate membership of over one million. The PAC by-laws also provide for individual membership, as well as associate membership.
With 41 State Divisions and Chapters, the Polish American Congress is represented in 23 states.
The PAC promotes civic, educational and cultural programs designed to further not only the knowledge of Polish history, language and culture, but to stimulate Polish American involvement and accomplishments.
The governing body of the PAC is the Council of National Directors, consisting of directors elected by their respective State Divisions or National Organizations and up to 10 at-large directors elected by the Council. Day to day operations are conducted by the Executive Committee elected by the Council of National Directors for a two year term.
Much of the work of the Council is delegated to Standing Committees: Polish Affairs, American Agenda, Public Affairs, Cultural Affairs, Anti-bigotry, Education Commission, Polish American Heritage Month Committee, Environmental Commission and Youth Committee.