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A Small Team, A Big Drive – Back-To-School Supply Drive To Support Struggling Latino Families And Children With HIV

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Annika Darling/CTLatinoNews.com

CTLatinoNews.com supports many causes and works to bring the Latino community together  by gathering and sharing news, stories and information from around the state with our readers.  This year we are proud to extend our support to Nilda Fernandez and her team that run the  Pediatric Youth HIV Program at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford by sponsoring the center’s Back-to-School Supply Drive.

This is the first year the center has reached out for support from the community. In past years, Fernandez says the team would pull their money together to help the families struggling with back-to-school financial hardships. However, by reaching out the center hopes to ...

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A Latina Foster Mom And Family Making A Difference


(From left) Maritza's husband Carmelo Morales, son Michael, daughter Melissa, Maritza, grandson Juan, Naiomy and Gabriela

(From left) Maritza’s husband Carmelo Morales, son Michael, grandson Juan, daughter Melissa, Maritza, grandson Juan, and Naiomy and Gabriela in front row.


Annika Darling/CTLatinoNews.com 

It was in March of 2016 when Maritza Morales met 13-year-old Naiomy and 15-year-old Gabriela. The sisters were part of the Milford based Boys & Girls Village (BGV) Therapeutic Foster Care program—a program that has successfully matched qualified foster parents with vulnerable children throughout the state for more than 75 years. Since being placed with Morales, the girls have begun to thrive in school, have been exposed to many new experiences and are looking forward to a bright, hopeful future.

Morales was one of the ...

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Latinos in Connecticut Working To Protect Our Environment


Photo credit: Kelsey Mackey.

Bill Sarno/CTLatinoNews.com

Ivette Lopez, a Californian who went to Yale, now calls Connecticut home and she is now working to protect its environment.   In July, she will lead several dozen Latino families from New Haven to one of her favorite East Coast spots, Outer Island, the outermost of the Thimble Islands off Branford, and part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.

This will be the second year that Lopez, an intern with the nonprofit Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF), will accompany Latinos to this protected environmental resource along Long Island Sound as part of the annual Latino Conservation Week, one of the yearly highlights of ...

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