MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
CLUBC is having an exciting and action packed year. We have received a major grant from the Northwest Health Foundation which enhances our work in the area of education of Latino parents and support for local schools in their effort to reduce the achievement gap. A grant from the Health Equity Alliance is supporting our efforts to conduct an education assessment of the Latino community. In May, La Organización de Latinas Undias ., in collaboration with CASA, sponsored a Cinco de Mayo celebration which attract several hundred members of the community to enjoy food, music, and dance.
In September 2011, CLUBC and OLU sponsored Festival Latino, Corvallis 2011. More than 200 people attended this fund raiser. This year the festival will be held on September 16, 2012 at Linus Pauling mid-school.
In addition to our community education projects, we continue to assist Latino families with discrete services such as translation, interpretation, writing letters, filling forms, making referrals, etc. We serve from 150-200 families a year; all our services are offered at no cost to our clients.
Foundation grants have been crucial to our ability to provide specific projects and programs. For day-to-day activities and services, we depend on donations from corporate and individual donors. Without their support, we could not remain afloat.
We want to express our appreciation and gratitude to all the foundations, organizations and individuals who have supported Casa Latinos Unidos over the years. Without their support, we would cease to exist.
CURRENT FUNDED PROJECTS
Northwest Health Foundation 2012-2014: Enhancing Educational Leadership in the Latino Community
This grant is supporting our current efforts to improve educational outcomes among Latino students in Benton County by enhancing parent engagement in school district policy and decision making. To this end we are continuing to offer educational advocacy workshops for Latino Parents in Albany and Corvallis. We are also providing funds for an after school homework program at Linus Pauling Middles, workshops on pre-school literacy for Latino parents, and support for the Lincoln and Garfield Latino PTOs. GRACIAS NWHF!
Health Equity Alliance (Benton County Health Department) 2012: Latino Community Educational Assessment Project
With funding from this organization we are in the process of conducting a survey in the Latino community to assess the concerns, satisfaction/disappointment rate, expectations of Latino parents regarding the education of their children in the Corvallis School District. A report of our findings, prepared by Dr. Daniel López-Cevallos will be presented to the district in Fall 2012. Our objective is to assist the school district in enhancing the education of Latinos students and narrowing the achievement gap for this cohort of student. GRACIAS HEA!
PAST FUNDED PROJECTS
Multnomah County Minority Health Department: Mujeres Caminando Hacia la Buena Salud 2009
20 Latinas took classes in nutrition and exercise. This group eventually turned into OLU, Organización de Latinas Unidas.
Northwest Health Foundation Capacity Building Grant, 2010-2011
This grant allowed us to build organizational capacity in order to conduct a community needs assessment and to address issues such as access to social services, discrimination, integration, leadership development and relations with the broader community
OSU Folk Thrift Club 2010-2012
Three small grants from the OSU Folk Thrift Club have helped us purchase an organization banner, signage for our office, and an external hard drive.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, 2011
This grant helped us launch our educational advocacy workshops for Latino parents. With additional support from the Northwest Health Foundation and the Corvallis Public schools we were able to offer 10 workshops to 15 parents, six of whom became facilitators for the current series of workshops
Spirit Mountain Community Foundation: Capacity Building
The Benton County Health Department Community Outreach Program: Clases de Ejercicio Para Mujeres
We’d like to thanks each of these wonderful organizations in helping make all of our work possible!