13 Organizations To Support This Hispanic Heritage Month
“Go back to your own country!”
Imagine hearing that in a country you call home.
This is the reality of over 38% hispanics, who are called names, face hate, and experience hostility just for speaking spanish.
According to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, there are 4.37 million Latino-owned businesses in the U.S. They contribute more than $700 billion to the economy annually. Latino entrepreneurs were also instrumental in helping the country recover from the most recent economic downturn between 2000 and 2010 – by opening 581,000 new businesses.
It is important that we remove the stigma and empower Hispanic Americans. Not only are they equal citizens, but they are catalysts for change in areas such as education, healthcare, and social services.
Every year, from September 15 to October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated across the United States. It commemorates the goal of celebrating the history, culture, and traditions, and recognizing the achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States.
The date September 15 is significant because it marks the independence celebrations of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. On September 16, 18, and 21, respectively, Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrate their independence days.
Included in this article are organizations that are vital in educating, promoting, defending, and elevating the Hispanic community in the United States. They also provide a variety of opportunities to masses to lend support through both direct action and virtually.
You can click on their names to go check out their website and read more about them.
ALPFA is the first latino professional organization in the US
The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) was founded in 1972 with the goal of establishing Latinos as leaders of character in every sector of the global economy.
With ALPFA, more than 95,000 professional and student members around the country have access to 50,000 paid summer internships through hundreds of Fortune 1000 corporate partners.
ALPFA will be hosting CPE Credit professional Workshops this month.
HACU promotes higher education in the hispanic community
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was founded in 1986 with the goal of promoting higher education in the Hispanic community by developing member colleges and universities, increasing post-secondary education access, and meeting the needs of industry, government, and business.
It represents over 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain, and US school districts dedicated to the success of Hispanic students in higher education. It is also the only national educational organization that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions, with two-thirds of all Hispanic college students (HSIs) residing there .
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) will be organizing their 35th Annual Conference virtually from October 24 – 27, 2021, with the theme “35 Years of Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success”.
HACR promotes hispanic inclusion in corporates
The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) was established in 1986 with the goal of promoting Hispanic inclusion in corporate America through economic contributions in the areas of employment, procurement, philanthropy, and governance.
In the United States and Puerto Rico, HACR represents 14 national Hispanic organizations.
HACR will be organizing their Annual Symposium.
USHCC promotes hispanic businesses
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) was founded in 1979 with the goal of increasing and advancing Hispanic businesses for personal progress and wealth, while also making them a key contributor to America’s economic growth.
More than 4.7 million Hispanic-owned businesses contribute over $800 billion in annual sales for the US economy, and the USHCC actively supported their growth, development, and interests. It also serves as the umbrella organisation for over 250 local chambers of commerce and business associations across the country, representing 260 major American firms.
USHCC will be organizing the 2021 United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Conference.
NHMA enhances health in hispanic communities
The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) was founded in 1994 with the mission to enhance the health and hygiene of Hispanic and other underserved communities of the nation through the resources and services present at their disposal.
It represents 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the U.S., and has collaborations with Hispanic state medical societies, residents, medical students, and other public and private sector partners.
NHMA will be organizing Virtual Briefing Series #Vaccinate4All Campaign Session 12
HHF nurtures latino leaders
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) is an award-winning nonprofit organisation that discovers, encourages, and develops Latino leaders from a variety of industries to meet the nation’s needs and objectives. The White House established it in 1987.
HHF’s award-winning LOFT leadership and workforce development programme covers 10 “Tracks” or industries. The nonprofit connects thousands of students and young professionals to mentors and resources, and organizes 50 trainings, workshops, and informal Charlas across the country. Moreover, hundreds of minorities are placed in internships, mentorships, fellowships, and full-time positions by Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies.
34th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards (8th October)
CPLC combats discrimination
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation CPLC began in 1969 with the goal of combating discrimination against Mexican-American students in Phoenix, but has since expanded to protect the rights of people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions, and other groups, including the Latino and Spanish-speaking communities.
They provide direct services to nearly 625,000 people in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas each year.
CPLC will be celebrating its 52nd Anniversary virtually on Oct, 20 (Wednesday) at 4pm.
HSF encourages and promotes higher education in the community
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) was founded in 1975 with the goal of providing students and parents with the resources they need to complete their higher education through support services and scholarship opportunities.
HSF has awarded more than $650 million in scholarships to over 65,000 Scholars and offers a variety of programmes and services to students, parents, HSF Scholars, and HSF Alumni.
HSF will be organizing Alumni Hall of Fame Reception on October 6, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm PDT.
THS educates people about the latinx hispanic heritage
The Heritage Society (THS) was established in 1954 with the goal of telling the stories of Houston’s and Texas’ diverse histories through collections, exhibits, the arts, educational programmes, film, video, and other media.
The 1847 Kellum-Noble House was saved from demolition by THS. It saved nine more historic structures, relocated them to Sam Houston Park to join the Kellum-Noble House, and restored them to reflect their respective eras. These structures, along with the Museum Gallery, house more than 23,000 artefacts that document life in Houston from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s.
Following are the list of events being hosted by THS this Hispanic Heritage month:
- Win a Quinceanera Venue! Celebrate Heritage and Tradition
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Timings: 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
- Houston Heritage Luncheon 2021
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Timings: 11:30 AM 1:30 PM
- Holiday Party Planners’ Showcase
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
TImings: 5:30 PM 8:00 PM
Alegria Magazine is a publication dedicated to the latino community
ALEGRIA is a multimedia and indie book publishing company based in the United States that caters to the Latino community. Through their bilingual magazine, mobile bookstore, and book publishing division, they are dedicated to discovering and nurturing the community of emerging LatinX poets and writers.
Algeria Magazine was founded on the belief that modern “LatinX” stories of personal triumph, success, and the incredible achievements of LatinX people must be told in order to inspire the next generation.
Natik Esperanza facilitates education in Mexico and Guatemala
Natik Esperanza is a grassroots partner organization that focuses on education and economic opportunity in Sololá, Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico. It was founded in 2002 as an International Humanitarian Foundation.
Since 2007, Natik Partners has served over 5,000 indigenous students in Mexico and Guatemala. The Mujeres Sembrando la Vida Artisan cooperative receives financial and mentoring support from it. It also funds tutoring, workshops, scholarship stipends, and a travelling library that makes weekly visits to eight rural schools.
Natik supports the Puerta Abierta Traveling Library, which visits nine rural elementary schools and enables teen reading circles at four secondary schools and a senior center. It believes that genuine information exchanges between residents and visitors are required to make a meaningful contribution to the north-south discourse.
Think Bilingual bridges communities through language learning
Think Bilingual is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes bilingualism, bilingual education, and multiculturalism by providing free access to information, local resources, and programs.
Language learning and native languages are supported by Think Bilingual. They advocate for more bilingual/biliteracy and multicultural programs through advocacy and outreach. Through language and cultural learning and exchange, the organization hopes to bring together people from all walks of life.
Think Bilingual compiles research-based data to guide initiatives aimed at providing support, advocating for change, bridging communities, and educating people.
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We encourage you to use these resources as a guide in your efforts to promote the Hispanic community, and we hope that you will continue to do so not just during Hispanic Heritage Month, but all year long.
Volunteering benefits not only organizations and the demographics they intend to serve; studies have shown that volunteering is good for the volunteer’s health and overall well-being as well. Actively choosing to spend time in unique communities can lead to a level of personal fulfilment that is unmatched in other areas of life. You will meet new people and have new experiences, as well as learn a lot more, whether you volunteer in person or online.
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The national, award-winning college readiness and completion organization Catch The Next was founded in 2009 with the goal of increasing equitable outcomes in higher education.
To achieve collective impact, CTN partners with colleges – the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the University of Texas Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, the University of Texas Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the Texas Education Research Center, the Dana Center at UT Austin, the Greater Texas Foundation, and the Meadows Foundation – as thought partners.