Our mission is to support the development and well-being of the immigrant communities in Scott County, Kentucky, through educational, health, economic and cultural initiatives.
We are a small, local organization and often know the individuals and families who we serve. We have no hard and fast rules of what we can do; our Board of Directors votes support for each case, often by telephone or e-mail. Few other organizations are as responsive as ours. Our top 5 activities in 2013 were Education, Recreation, Medical & Dental, Utilities, and Rent Assistance. Our priorities remain the same for 2014.
1) Educational opportunities for low-income Hispanics are limited because they do not have the minimum funds for books or equipment, which are usually not provided by state or local agencies. Hispanics are often not eligible for state support because they lack Social Security numbers. Many charities focus on college educations, but the Hispanics need support to get through trade or community schools.
2) Low-income Hispanics have no reserves to dip into when they or their children are sick. An Urgent Treatment Center visit costs nearly a hundred dollars, plus the costs of any medications. One visit to a hospital emergency room can cost a thousand dollars. Minimum medical care is critical to getting people back into the work force. As a small charity, we know members of our local Hispanic community and respond rapidly to personal crises.
3) We hold a Festival Latino each September, which has family events and dancing, and we bring local civic leaders to the Festival to describe plans which would affect Hispanics and to try to get Hispanics involved in community events. We have a strong presence at the annual Georgetown Rotary Kite Festival, and were key participants in the Mexican Dance Mask Exhibit at the Georgetown Museum in May and June, 2010.
4) Hispanics often work in farming or construction, trades which lay off workers during the winter. Utility bills, food, and rent must be paid, and the Hispanics are temporary workers often not eligible for unemployment insurance. With no social safety net, there are crises which we cannot ignore. We cannot let people go without food, shelter or heat if we can possibly help them. We give interest-free loans or grants to meet crisis situations, knowing that the chances of being repaid are slim.
We support events such as the Georgetown Kite & Cultural Festival, bringing Mexican dancers and foods to the Festival. We held a seminar about Family Finances in Spanish in 2012, and will continue these programs in 2013. This could become a major effort if Comprehensive Immigration Reform passes and people need information about how it will affect them.
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This organization files the 990N, which contains no financial information. All financials were provided by the organization. Numbers are unaudited.
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