The Hispanic Federation, which represents more than 100 nonprofit organizations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, recently held its first Advocacy Day at the state capitol. It is the nation’s leading Latino nonprofit membership organization, and held the event to generate support for the Federation’s programs and services in Connecticut, which are geared towards strengthening Hispanic families.
They welcomed Senator Andres Ayala and over 75 government and public officials and community leaders. “The Hispanic Federation provides fundamental services to Connecticut’s Latino nonprofits that help them find success in their various missions,” said Senator Ayala. “I commend the work done by this organization to better the lives of people in the Latino community, and welcome them to the State Capitol. Their expertise and guidance is greatly appreciated by all members of the General Assembly.”
The federation’s president, Jose Calderón, who said his organization shortly after it officially moved into Connecticut last year, would help Latinos speak with a more unified voice by bringing nonprofits to the table to try to come up with a common agenda. “We are extremely grateful for the commitment of the state of Connecticut and their leaders in supporting our mission and cause, while realizing the importance of advancing the Latino community,” said Calderon.
Current Hispanic Federation Member Agencies in Connecticut include: Spanish Community Center of Wallingford, Arte, Inc in New Haven, South Norwalk Community Center and the Center for Latino Progress Latino Community Services and San Juan Center in Hartford.
The mission of the Hispanic Federation is to empower and advance the Hispanic community. The Federation works closely with Latino health and human services agencies to promote the social, political and economic well-being of the Latino community. The Federation’s seven strategic action areas include education, health, economic empowerment, immigration and civic engagement, the environment and organizational development assistance. For more information, please visit www.hispanicfederation.org.