The council was formed in 1980 to aid fellow Vietnamese when they arrive in Oklahoma. The organization provides help with job searches, helps new immigrants practice their driving skills and offers tutoring for the U.S. citizenship exam.
After Hurricane Katrina, the council raised $30,000 in relief efforts. In addition to charitable events, the organization holds Vietnamese New Year celebrations and a ceremony to remember the fall of Saigon.
Nguyen said membership is not limited to Vietnamese-Americans, and they welcome anyone willing to preserve the culture and sense of community.