Albert Calo, president of the Hispanic Fund Advisory Board said, “It is my complete honor to represent the Hispanic Fund. In the economic situation Lorain county has undergone in the last several decades and most recently Hurricane Maria, the Hispanic Fund is even more needed to serve the Hispanic/Latino community. Based on the founding principles of this country, we strive to assist our fellow men and women of Hispanic-Latino decent and others. This gala represents how we give back to Lorain by our much needed grants.”
A few of the grants awarded by the Hispanic Fund and its supporting Endowment Funds are highlighted below followed by a list of all nine grants.
Bigs in Blue, a program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, connects youth with Lorain County police officers, including Elyria and Lorain, to build positive relationships between the Hispanic community and local police. The Hispanic Fund supported this program in its pilot year in 2017.
A grant to Second Harvest Foodbank of North Central Ohio, Inc., provides support for translating their website for Spanish speakers, thereby reducing barriers for Spanish speaking residents to find partner food pantries. A translated website also provides centralized and accessible informational resources for partner agencies.
The El Dorado Seniors Program, provided by El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc., ensures access to relevant social services; translation/interpretation, health screenings, and transportation to medical and social service appointments. El Centro has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide monthly boxes of food to seniors to address hunger among seniors.
These grants were made possible not only because of the Hispanic Fund, but also because of Endowment Funds that support the Hispanic Fund including: Apolinar and Eva Arredondo Family Fund; Elena Nunez Fund; Francisco and Theresa Hernandez Family Fund; Frank Jacinto Fund; Fred Lozano Fund; Joel and Joyce Arredondo Family Fund; Ray Pagan Fund; and the Simon, Mercedes, and Frances Ortiz Fund.
The Hispanic Fund was established to improve and promote socioeconomic and educational opportunities within the Hispanic Community. Since its inception, the Hispanic Fund has invested over $290,000 in community grants and over $19,000 in scholarships for Lorain County’s Hispanic students.
Arts & Culture - $2,100
The Roberto Ocasio Foundation
Student Sponsorships for 2019 Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Camp
Food, Agriculture, & Nutrition - $1,200
Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
Spanish Translation for the Second Harvest Website
Health Care - $2,500
Lorain County Free Clinic
Medical Services Program
Human Services - $6,500
El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc. - $1,500
El Dorado Seniors Program
Neighborhood Alliance - $2,000
Home Delivered Meals for Hispanic Seniors
Salvation Army Lorain - $3,000
Learning Zone After School Program
Recreation & Sports - $2,000
Freddie's Boxing Gym
Youth Boxing Program
Youth Development - $4,350
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, Inc. - $2,000
Bigs in Blue
Our F.A.M.I.L.Y. - $2,350