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Approaching Every Day Like It’s Cinco de Mayo

We recently finished celebrating Cinco de Mayo throughout the country. Sadly, I’d venture to say that most people, including our Latino community in the United States, don’t really know what Cinco de Mayo is all about. Many mistakenly think it’s Mexican Independence Day. But looking past the misinformation and excuses to party, Cinco de Mayo celebrations still serve an important purpose in our communities. … Continue Reading →

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Helping Without Creating Dependency

Good intentions are often just not good enough. We try our best to help our community and the families we serve by providing free services and bending over backwards to be accommodating and do as much as we can to assist them. But at what point is our help simply creating dependency and contributing to the long-term problems our community faces? Are free services taken for granted and unappreciated simply because they are offered for free? If the people we are trying to help had to pay for the services in some way, whether monetarily or in a different way, would the services be more effective? I don’t have the answers, but I sure do think that it’s a discussion worth having and that a better way, though perhaps yet undiscovered, must exist. … Continue Reading →

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Auburn Latino Teens Set Volunteering Example

Volunteering your time and skills not only provides much-needed assistance to those you’re helping, but it also builds a stronger community and gives back to you in innumerable ways. Unfortunately, our Latino community does not traditionally engage in volunteerism as much as other groups. … Continue Reading →

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Finding Leaders within the Community

I am often asked by other organizations and agencies how the Latino Leadership Council can consistently develop effective, grassroots community programs. The key is in the leadership, though not the leadership you’re probably thinking of. … Continue Reading →

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Improving Collaboration between Minority Nonprofits and Government Agencies

Collaboration between minority nonprofit organizations, like the Latino Leadership Council, and government agencies is crucial to addressing our community’s needs. Neither of us can go at it alone successfully, yet it seems like the two sides are often at odds with each other. How can minority nonprofits and government agencies best partner and work together? … Continue Reading →

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Leading Through Collaboration

As Latinos, we are community-focused by nature. We know we don’t have all the answers or the power to single-handedly effect the changes our community needs. That’s why we work closely with other organizations, individuals and the community itself to leverage our resources, double our efforts and work hand in hand to better our community. There’s a lot of work to be done and a lot of needs to address, and we can only succeed if we work collaboratively. … Continue Reading →

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