Since the end of March, the beginning of the health crisis COVID-19, The Hispanic Center has been working tirelessly to support the Latino community.
Shortly after the state shutdown, the organization created El Centro Hispano’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to help people affected by COVID-19. They have managed to raise 116,104 through their fund and have worked with others 166,036 in partnership with local governments and funders. All of those funds have been distributed to the community; 155,650 in rental / utility assistance and 126,490 in food and supplies related to COVID-19.
Knowing that the need was greater than the fund could support, they created new partnerships to enable them to give 21,434 boxes of food to the community. They have also administered 79 free COVID-19 tests, distributed 714 packs of diapers, cared for 1,091 people through their mobile unit and distributed 42,867 masks.
El Centro Hispano is proud to be a trusted resource in the community. Until last month they have received calls and assisted 4,745 people in their offices in Durham, Carrboro / Chapel Hill and Raleigh, as well as 9,905 through their Health Window of the Mexican Consulate.
To increase their outreach and response, they hired 40 new community health promoters who work to provide information, distribute masks, and help the community every day. They have also been associated with Duke University Health System (DUHS) to participate in the COVID-19 Support Services Program. This program will help community members in Durham, Granville and Vance Counties that have been affected by COVID-19 to observe quarantine by delivering food and supplies such as masks, hand sanitizer and thermometers.
They continue to collaborate with the Orange County Emergency Housing Assistance to assist the Spanish-speaking community to gather documents and complete the application materials required to receive assistance with rent and utilities.
They have helped 278 families to receive this help so far and are constantly working on new cases.
As the largest leading Latinx and Latinx non-profit organization serving in North Carolina, El Centro Hispano is committed to providing the services the community needs. They continue to serve the community with Latino LGBTQ support groups, legal clinics, education courses, economic development, election and census information, resources, and more.
As COVID-19 continues to be a major threat to the community, they will continue to do everything in their power to be a resource to the community.
We can overcome this pandemic and help our community, but it will take all of us to work toward that goal. Please wear a mask, stay socially distant, and wash your hands frequently. Together we can and will defeat this virus, but above all protect our community. says Pilar Rocha-Goldberg President and CEO of the Hispanic Center.