Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from September 15th to October 15th, is a time to celebrate Hispanic and Latino Americans’ rich culture, history, and contributions to our society. This period encompasses the independence anniversaries of several Latin American countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
At Brooks Resources, we celebrate diversity and promote inclusivity within our Central Oregon community. This month, we are excited to shine a spotlight on the incredible work of the Latino Community Association (LCA). This non-profit organization has been profoundly impacting the lives of Latinos in our region.
Founded in 2000, the Latino Community Association is a pillar of support and empowerment for Latinos living in Central Oregon. This remarkable organization is dedicated to improving the lives of Latino families by providing a wide range of services and opportunities like the following:
- Cultural Preservation: LCA celebrates and preserves Latino culture through various events and activities. They host cultural festivals, art exhibitions, and workshops, creating a space for Latinos to share their traditions and heritage with the broader community.
- Education and Advocacy: Education is at the core of the LCA’s mission. They offer educational programs, English language classes, and assistance navigating the U.S. education system. Additionally, they advocate for policies that support the educational needs of Latino children.
- Health and Well-being: The LCA ensures access to healthcare services for Latino families and educates them on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They organize health fairs, workshops and provide support during emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Immigration Services: The LCA provides legal assistance and resources to immigrants, helping them understand their rights and responsibilities. They offer guidance on pathways to citizenship, DACA applications, and more.
- Youth Empowerment: LCA’s youth programs focus on empowering the next generation of Latino leaders through mentorship, tutoring, and leadership development opportunities.
Beyond their programs, the LCA creates a sense of community and belonging for Latinos in Central Oregon. They foster connections among community members, making the region a more inclusive and diverse place to live. To support the sense of community and what LCA does, they welcome volunteers to support programs, donations, or even just attendance at events. To learn more about the LCA and how to support it further, check out their website here.