Category Archives: Non-Profit Spotlight

Trial by Fire, a Latina Leading The Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation

(This post was written by Shirley Anne Smith, Founding Director of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation.  May 4th is International Firefighters Day) I never thought it would easy but I always thought it would be worth it. My entire life, I have dedicated myself to servant leadership. I dedicated my life to nonprofits way before I even realized the magnitude

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DACAmented in Georgia

In 2012, an important documentary under the name of “Illegal” was part of the official selection for the LA Shorts Fest featuring interviews with undocumented young immigrants, faith, civil and political leaders. At the time of the screening, President Obama had announced the DACA program and while it was relevant at the time, the documentary found the spotlight (again) a

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It is time to anticipate, organize and be prepared.

(this piece was written in collaboration with Kevin Amaya) In 2014, Obama announced the DAPA program as well as the expansion of the DACA program in order to provide temporary relief to potentially 5 million undocumented youth and parents in the US (*).  In spite of these executive orders, Obama will be likely remembered by many as the “Deporter-in-Chief”.  More

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Bartow Hispanic Center, Connecting Providers & Hispanic Families

“Even if there are community services available to Hispanics in Cartersville, communication was extremely difficult. We just wanted to help” explains Annabel Rodriguez-Romero, a bilingual Parent Coordinator & Title III (ESOL) Specialist at Cartersville City Schools when asked about the motivation to start a new player in town; a new non-profit called “The Bartow Hispanic Center”. Annabel, along with her co-founder

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Cada Voto Cuenta! Every Vote Counts!

Latino Justice a non-profit dedicated to develop civil rights advocates to secure and promote the rights of the Puerto Rican and Latino community on the mainland started in 1970 by filing a lawsuit on behalf of the Puerto Rican educational improvement organization ASPIRA, against the New York City Board of Education that led to the establishment of  the right of city public school students

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Dr. Julia Perilla Retires, Leaving a Legacy of Dedication to Latino Families

Julia Perilla had five children and was working to get her Ph.D when she was approached by a Catholic nun for help.  Sister Barbara Harrington, who was running the Mercy Mobile Health Clinic, realized that  many of the bruises that the Latina women had were not a product of accidents. They were the result of violence in their own homes.  Sister Harrington asked Julia to start a spanish speaking group

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Updated! Hispanic Heritage Events in Georgia 2016

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th across the country.  Friendly reminder that Latin America is divided in several regions:  Mexico in North America, Central America, The Caribbean and South America. We come from over 20 countries!! So, how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Georgia? Here are some ideas: Read about the Mexican Cession to better

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Strenghtening Latino Families In GA

For close to 2 years, dozens of Latino serving non-profit professionals gathered at “Latino Forums” round tables that discussed collaborations, explored synergies and in general ways to partner up and better serve the community. In 2015, out of one of those meetings, the idea of creating a position paper that we could all stand behind arose.   The outcome of

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Gracias por Escucharme….

By: Brittany Bromfield, Community Engagement Facilitator for StoryCorps Atlanta “Gracias por escuchar mi experiencia” says one participant who just  finished recording her first StoryCorps interview.  María, a parent recruited to do an interview with StoryCorps, recalls childhood memories growing up in Mexico then coming then coming to the U.S. with her husband for a new life. María ended her StoryCorps

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Mini-Grants for Individuals & Organizations (Cross Keys Cluster)

The Cross Keys Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative (CKSNI),  a neighborhood revitalization initiative centered in the Cross Keys High School enrollement districts in Dekalb County is launching a Mini-Grants Initiative aiming at supporting and encouraging individuals and organizations currently working in one of the following focus areas: Human and Community Development Community Spaces, Parks, and Recreation Centers Economic Development/Business Education Housing These

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Community Assistance Center Succeeds in Preventing Homelessness.

Every year approximately 3,000 families (over 6,000 individuals – 25% of them Hispanic/Latino) receive assistance from the Community Assistance Center in Sandy Springs in the form of food and clothing; financial assistance for rent and utilities; English classes, financial literacy and computer skills aiming to promote self-sufficiency and put families going through a crisis in a more stable situation. At

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Access To Law Foundation

Rebeca Salmon, Exec. Director of Access to Law Foundation has been training officials about the SIJS (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status) visa program.  She is a firm believer that when judges and officials are familiar with this obscure law, cases are more likely to be approved and kids are kept out of harms’ way. Access to Law Foundation is privately funded by the

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LaAmistad, A Decade of Successful Programming

“LaAmistad” began assisting Hispanic students with homework and their parents with ESL (English as a Second Language) in 2000.  The unlikely hero was the Director of Recreation for a Gym @ Peachtree Presbyterian Church who saw a need and jumped to helped. Over the years, “LaAmistad” (Friendship in English); a religious based non-profit based in Buckhead has grown into a

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NWGA Cancer Coalition Promotoras de Salud

Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition – Promotoras de Salud are community health advisors that bring cancer awareness, early detection and prevention to the Hispanic Latino population of Bartow, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon and Polk counties of Northwest Georgia.   The NWGA Promotoras also provide healthcare services and one-on-one education, and patient navigation services when needed. NWGA Promotoras help search for the appropriate physicians,

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SPOTLIGHT: Oasis Catolico Santa Rafaela

This small religious-based organization in Athens is a great example of engaging the local community both as service recipients, donors and volunteers.   Oasis offers after-school tutoring to over 100 children (mostly Hispanic) whose parents are unable to assist them with homework due to their limited knowledge of English and low literacy level. Additionally, “OASIS” distributes food, clothing, kitchenware and

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