The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly affected every aspect of life. It is impossible to turn on CNN or other news outlets without seeing at least one grim story, whether to report the death toll from the virus or stories of a business shutting down.
But through all the chaos, there are organizations that are making a positive impact on the community — like the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado.
The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, led by Latinos, like CEO, Carlos Martinez, is a state-based philanthropic foundation that works to create an authentic narrative about Colorado Latinos. It also strives to create a healthy and bright future for all Latino Coloradans.
Part of creating a bright future for Latinos in the state includes grants to help workers shift to remote work during the pandemic.
Recently, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, distributed $100,000 to 43 organizations to assist them with any technical needs they had to start working from home. President and CEO Carlos Martinez adds, “Through these grants, nonprofits are able to increase their ability to work and provide services to the community remotely, making themselves relevant in these critical times.”
Each grant averaged $2,300 per organization. Among one of the grantees included Child & Migrant Services — a nonprofit based in Palisade, Colorado that works to provide and coordinate community services for migrant and seasonal farm workers.
“This grant should help us to connect our participants to more health care resources. I look forward to additional training and support to master some of the new technologies we must incorporate into our service model,” Child & Migrant Services Executive Director Karalyn Dorn said in a statement.
Other organizations that received grants include the Colorado Health Foundation, Jay and Rose Phillips Foundation of Colorado, Caring Colorado, Gates Family Foundation and more.
The organization plans to distribute $300,000 to over 20 Latino-led and serving organizations and immigrant and refugee serving organizations for general operating support this month as well, according to the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado’s website.
More grants will be announced for this upcoming summer.
The grants are part of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado’s three-tier strategy that aims to stabilize Latino-led and serving organizations and immigrant and refugee serving organizations.
Outside of financial support, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado has started to host skill-building discussions and roundtables digitally. Those who are interested in the events can contact CapacityBuilding@LatinoCFC.org.
The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado is also providing resources to current and past organizations it has provided grants to.
The financial support and events are part of the organization’s “Ayuda Colorado” campaign, designed to help Latino-led and Latino serving nonprofit organizations and immigrant and refugee serving organizations through the pandemic. The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado implemented its Ayuda Colorado campaign after conversations with community leaders.