When the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado launched Ayuda Colorado in March, we couldn’t know the impact of COVID-19 on Latino Coloradans. In most ways, we still don’t know what the future holds for our community. But we do know this: Our undocumented brothers and sisters cannot access federal assistance, Latinos are more likely to be front line workers in meat plants, grocery stores, and hospitals, and we are more likely to contract COVID-19.
But the other thing we know is that the strength of our small grassroots Latino-led and –serving nonprofits and immigrant and refugee serving nonprofits will get us through these times. These organizations have been providing resources, events, mental health care and general assistance to immigrants, DACA recipients, older adults and Latinos of every kind across this state for decades. We know that the best way to help our community is to invest in these organizations, who are so trusted by our community members.
Thanks to your generous donations since March, the Ayuda Colorado Fund has distributed over $400,000 to date in the form of more than 80 grants to over 50 organizations across Colorado. In addition to financial support, we have also held sessions with nonprofit leaders in order to share knowledge and begin the process of building stability and resilience for the next phase of community work. And we have launched a resource page with the newly updated LCFC impact report and other community resources (see below). Stay tuned to our website and facebook page for more information on Ayuda Colorado in the coming months.
If you are able to, please consider donating to the Ayuda Colorado fund. 100 percent of personal donations will go directly to the nonprofits serving our community.
And thank you to those of you who have donated already. In this message we are passing along just a few of the “thank yous” we have received from our grantees back to you, our community who makes this all possible.
Carlos Martinez, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, Executive Director