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Community Affairs & Grassroots Partnerships

The Southwest Airlines Community Affairs & Grassroots Team works tirelessly to build strong, mutually beneficial, strategic relationships. By fostering these true partnerships, the Company proves its commitment to People in diverse groups. In addition, Southwest Airlines demonstrates its dedication to maintaining the "hometown carrier" position in every one of our U.S. destinations.

Below is a sampling of some national, regional, and local community partnerships through which the Southwest Airlines Core Values strategically extend to benefit the Company and to support our Communities.

National Partners

  • The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)

    AAHHE is an agent of change for improving education, thus enabling Hispanic students to fully participate in a diverse society. AAHHE works collaboratively with all sectors of education, business, and industry, as well as community and professional organizations to enhance educational aspirations and meet the needs of a significantly increasing Hispanic population. Learn More

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

    The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is one of the leading Hispanic non-profit and non-partisan 501(c)(3) organizations in the country. CHCI was established in 1978 by Congressman Edward Roybal, Congressman E. "Kika" de la Garza and Congressman Baltasar Corrada to help increase opportunities for Hispanics to participate in and contribute to the American policy making process. Since then, CHCI's mission has been to develop the next generation of Hispanic leaders. The vision is an educated and civically active Hispanic community participating at the local, state, and federal policy decision-making levels. Southwest has been supporting CHCI for several years and is the Official Airline of the CHCI Public Policy Fellows. Our Employees also serve on the Board of Directors. Learn More

  • Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI)

    CHCI's Mission is to conduct nonpartisan analysis, study, and research on matters relating to the exercise of the rights of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent and making the results of these studies available to the general public or to governmental bodies, officials, or employees. The organization engages in educational and training activities designed to encourage and advance the exercise of the rights of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. The group also promotes the employment by Federal, state and local governmental agencies of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent and seeks to provide charitable and educational assistance in order to advance the diversity of social and cultural thought among the millions of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. Learn More

  • Dialogue on Diversity

    The mission of Dialogue on Diversity is to promote the social and political advancement of men and women from diverse cultural, ethnic, and national traditions. Southwest has supported the organization since 2005. Learn More

  • The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

    HACU represents more than 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. Although, its member institutions in the U.S. represent less than 10% of all higher education institutions nationwide, together they are home to more than two-thirds of all Hispanic college students. HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Thousands of young Hispanics benefit from HACU through internships, scholarships, college retention and advancement programs, pre-collegiate support, and career development opportunities and programs. HACU is a true champion of Hispanic success in higher education. Learn More

  • Hispanic College Fund (HCF)

    The HCF's mission is to educate and develop the next generation of Hispanic professionals. They accomplish their mission by providing students with vision, resources, tools, and mentors through their programs which include the HCF Scholars Program, the Hispanic Youth Symposia, Latinos on the Fast Track (LOFT), and the Hispanic Young Professionals Program. Their programs focus on developing Latino youth who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in business, science, engineering, technology, and math. Their model provides a direct pathway from high school to college, from college to career, and career to giving back. Southwest is proud to be the Official Airline of HCF and have representation on the Southern California Corporate Advisory Board. Learn More

  • Hispanic Federation

    The mission of the Hispanic Federation is to serve the community by building and supporting Latino institutions. Established in 1990, the Hispanic Federation is a service-oriented membership organization that works with over 90 Latino health and human services agencies to promote the social, political, and economic well-being of the Latino community. The Federation's member agencies are working in the areas of education, health, elderly services, child care, HIV/AIDS, housing, immigrant services, arts and culture, and economic development. Each year, these agencies serve millions of the northeast region's most underprivileged and vulnerable Latinos.

  • Hispanic National Bar Foundation (HNBF)

    In association with Hispanic National Bar Association, the HNBF has sponsored an annual national convention for over 15 years. The HNBF has facilitated the education of thousands of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, the administration of justice and the promotion of integration of Hispanics in the study, practice, instruction, and adjudication of law. Since it's founding, the HNBF has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship grants to Hispanic law students and has contributed to the formation of hundreds of our nation's future leaders. The primary objective of the HNBF is to educate and provide opportunities for Hispanic Americans in the legal profession. The HNBF works to guarantee the administration of justice for all Americans, foster respect for the law among Hispanics, and support the involvement in and understanding of the American legal system by the national Hispanic community. Learn More

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

    HSF is the nation's leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. HSF was founded in 1975 with a vision of strengthening the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans - the largest minority segment of the U.S. population. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF provides the Latino community with more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. Headquartered in San Francisco, HSF has opened regional offices in Southern California, the Southwest, the Southeast, the Northeast, and the Midwest. In addition, HSF launched the Washington, DC-based Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute to create public partnerships in support of its work. During its 31-year history, HSF has awarded more than 78,000 scholarships totaling $195 million to Latinos from all 50 states. Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. HSF scholars have attended more than 1,700 colleges and universities. Southwest has supported HSF for several years. Learn More

  • Hispanics in Philanthropy

    Founded in 1983 to promote stronger partnerships between organized philanthropy and Latino communities, Hispanics in Philanthropy has developed into a transnational network of grantmakers committed to strengthening Latino communities across the Americas.  As a membership organization, HIP seeks to share with funders the needs of the Latino community. Today HIP continues to offer an array of funder-driven, value-added programs and services, including the Funders’ Collaborative, membership activities, professional development and networking, and transnational work. We continue to evolve in response to the changing reality of our communities and the field of philanthropy, while remaining true to the vision and mission that have guided us for more than twenty years. Learn More

  • Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR)

    IUPLR is a national consortium of university-based centers dedicated to the advancement of the Latino intellectual presence in the United States. The organization works to expand the pool of Latino scholars and leaders and increase the availability of policy-relevant Latino-focused research. IUPLR headquarters, located at the University of Notre Dame, and the IUPLR Washington DC Office, located at the University of California Washington Center, work to strengthen the network of centers and to enhance their institutional capacity. Its objectives include promoting comparative, interdisciplinary, and policy-focused research, developing collaborative national programs that support Latino students and faculty in higher education, establishing collaborative projects with scholars in the arts, culture, and the humanitie, and disseminating publications generated by the IUPLR national network of scholars.

  • Latino Art Beat

    Latino Art Beat is a Chicago-based not-for-profit arts organization that awards scholarships to high school students through its art competitions. Latinos Art Beat's motto is "Celebramos la Juventud, el Arte y la Cultura Hispana" (We Celebrate Youth, Art and Hispanic Heritage and Culture). The winning artwork is displayed at various gallery shows during the winning year to profile the talents of aspiring young artists.

  • Latino Leaders Magazine

    Launched in 2000, Latino Leaders Magazine has established itself as the premier magazine among the most influential and important Latinos in the country. Started by brothers Raul and Jorge Ferraez, Latino Leaders Magazine has consistently proven its ability to capture the sentiment and buzz of Latino leadership, in all industries, that is helping to shape and form the future.

  • Latinos Leaders Network (LLN)

    The Latinos Leaders Network (LLN) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to develop ongoing opportunities for Latino leaders to network, establish relationships, and engage in dialogue on issues important to the Hispanic community. Southwest has been supporting LLN since 2006 and is the organization's Official Airline. Learn More

  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

    With approximately 115,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, education attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups.

    Historically, LULAC has focused heavily on education, civil rights, and employment for Hispanics. LULAC councils provide more than a million dollars in scholarships to Hispanic students each year, conduct citizenship and voter registration drives, develop low income housing units, conduct youth leadership training programs, and seek to empower the Hispanic community at the local, state, and national levels.

    In addition, the LULAC National Educational Service Centers, LULAC's educational arm, provides counseling services to more than 18,000 Hispanic students per year at sixteen regional centers. SER Jobs for Progress, LULAC's employment arm, provides job skills and literacy training to the Hispanic community through more than 48 employment training centers located throughout the United States.

  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

    MALDEF's mission is to foster sound public policies, laws, and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 45 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society. MALDEF achieves its mission by concentrating its efforts on the following areas: Employment, Education, Immigration, Political Access, Language, and Public Resource Equity Issues.

    MALDEF achieves its objectives through advocacy, community education, collaboration with other groups and individuals, the awarding of higher education scholarships in law and when necessary, through the legal system. Southwest has supported MALDEF for several years and serves as it Official Airline. Learn More

  • MANA

    A National Latina Organization is a nonprofit, advocacy organization headquartered in the nation's capital. With chapters across the country, it is the oldest national Latina membership organization in the United States.

    MANA, whose mission is to empower Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy, envisions a national community of informed Latina activists working to improve the quality of life for all Hispanics. MANA also has the only national young Latina's mentoring program for girls 11 to 17, "HERMINITAS®" which brings over 200 girls to Washington DC to a summer institute that includes a briefing at the White House and a visit to the girls' Congressional representatives. HERMANITAS empowers Latinas through education, leadership development, health and fitness, cultural awareness, and community action. The program is designed to instill strong family and cultural values, integrity, self-esteem, self-awareness, pride, and civic and cultural responsibility within future Latina leaders. Southwest is the Official Airline of the MANA San Diego HERMANITAS Program and has supportied MANA since 1999. One of our Employees also serves as Chair for the National Board of Directors. Learn More

  • National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC)

    NALAC is an arts service organization that addresses the needs of the diverse Latino arts and cultural communities in the United States. The organization focuses on providing leadership in advocacy of national policy issues that impact the Latino arts and cultural communities across the nation.

    NALAC was founded in 1989 by a group of Latino artists, activists, and administrators in response to a need for a service organization for Latino arts and cultural organizations and artists in the United States.  NALAC serves more than 700 Latino arts organizations and hundreds of artists in diverse communities in the United States.  NALAC contributes to the vitality of cultural and artistic creation across the country by advocating for and providing services to Latino artists and arts and cultural organizations.

    NALAC's services are unique nationally and regionally, and remain critical to the Latino arts field for support, networking, leadership, and organizational development, advocacy, and cultural policy deliberations.  NALAC engages the field in national conversations on diversity within the Latino community, and on the need to represent and embrace the aesthetics of that diversity.

  • National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund (NALEO)

    NALEO is a nonpartisan, nonprofit membership organization whose constituency includes the nation's more than 6,000 elected and appointed Latino officials. This group facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process from citizenship to public service. Southwest has Employee representation on the organization's Partnership Council.  Learn More

  • National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)

    NALIP is a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs of Latino/Latina independent producers. Since founding in 1999, NALIP has held five national conferences, developed local chapters, and hosted many regional workshops and networking events that develop the professional skills of film, television, documentary, and new media makers. In 2003, the organization adopted three new National Initiatives: a Latino Writer's Lab, a Latino Producers Academy™ and the published/online Latino Media Resource Guide™.

    Southwest has sponsored the Latino Producers Academy from the beginning. NALIP's mission is to promote the advancement, development, and funding of Latino/Latina film and media arts in all genres. NALIP is the only national organization committed to supporting both grassroots and community-based producers/media makers along with publicly funded and industry-based producers.  Learn More

  • National Latino Congreso

    Since 2006, the National Latino Congreso has brought together Latinos from all walks of life, from grassroots community members to national elected officials, to create a united Latino agenda on a variety of issues. The Congreso first broke new ground in 2006 with delegates representing over 260 endorsing organizations and individuals from 20 states creating a platform of 70 resolutions. In 2007, delegates from 300 endorsing organizations and individuals from 15 states passed 98 additional resolutions. The resulting 157 resolutions, created by Congreso delegates from over 500 organizations, encompass traditional issues such as educational reform and immigrant rights as well as issues of growing concern for Latinos nationwide such as public health, urban greening, foreign policy, and climate change.

  • National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

    NCLR, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the Unites States, works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations (CBOs), NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in the five key areas of assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health.

    In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families. Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCLR serves all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country and has operations in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • National Caucus of Hispanic State Legislators (NHCSL)

    NHCSL is the premier organization serving and representing the interests of Hispanic state legislators from all states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States. The organization's mission is to serve as a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern to all segments of the Hispanic community; a forum for information exchange and member networking; an institute for leadership training; a liaison with sister U.S. Hispanic organizations throughout the country; a promoter of public/private partnerships with business and labor; and a partner with Hispanic state or provincial legislators and their associations representing Central and South America. The NHCSL provides technical assistance and resources that will help legislators propose legislation and administrative actions to achieve a better quality of life. The organization's efforts focus on advancements in education, healthcare, housing, economic development, criminal justice, employment, and job training for the Hispanic community.

  • National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation

    The National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation is dedicated to raising the funds necessary to support the programming and construction needs of the National Hispanic Cultural Center and building a legacy for future generations. The National Hispanic Cultural Center offers a variety of programs and activities throughout the year in various artistic disciplines. Currently the Center conducts programs in the visual arts, performing arts, history, literary arts, media arts, and education.

  • National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA)

    NHLA was established in 1991 as a nonpartisan association of major Hispanic national organizations and distinguished Hispanic leaders from all over the nation. NHLA's mission calls for unity among Latinos around the country to provide the Hispanic community with greater visibility and a stronger influence in our country’s affairs. NHLA brings together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address and bring public awareness to major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole. Southwest serves as the organization's Official Airline. Learn More

  • National Hispanic Leadership Institute (NHLI)

    NHLI’s renowned program looks to recruit participants who are diverse, talented, and accomplished. It complements and builds upon other training programs by integrating personal growth with formal courses of study. The dynamic curriculum allows participants to put their talents to work through emphasis on personal strengths and management of personal weaknesses. Participants are taught to reflect on themselves so that they may look ahead with renewed and expanded perspectives. By examining how Hispanics and women have historically looked at community issues, the organization reaches out and builds bridges with other groups of society. Learn More

  • National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)

    The National Hispanic Media Coalition's goals are to improve the image of Hispanic-Americans as portrayed by the media and to increase the number of Hispanic-Americans employed in all facets of the media industry. One of the NHMC's signature programs is the Latino Television Writers Program, a program that prepares and places Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. The program directly responds to the lack of jobs for Latino writers in the television industry and the negative stereotypes currently seen on television. Southwest has supported NHMC since 2002 and has had representation on their Board of Directors since 2004. One of our Employees currently serves as Vice Chair of the Borad of Directors and is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board. Learn More

  • TELACU

    Established in 1968, TELACU is the largest community development corporation and one of the largest Hispanic-owned organizations in the Unites States. Utilizing one of the most successful approaches to community and economic development, TELACU focuses it’s more than $550 million in assets on empowering the lives of individuals and families with the communities it serves. Forty years ago, TELACU was established as a pioneering institution committed to service, empowerment, advancement, and the creation of self sufficiency. Chartered as a Community Development Corporation (CDC), TELACU was initially funded through federal legislation authored by Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Jacob K. Javits to revitalize urban, underserved communities throughout the United States.

  • The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI)

    TRPI is a nonprofit, freestanding research organization that advances critical, insightful thinking on key issues affecting Latino communities through objective, policy-relevant research, and its implications, for the betterment of the nation.  TRPI is headquartered at the University of Southern California, with a satellite office at Columbia University in New York City. The Institute, with a $3 million annual budget, is governed by an elected board of trustees and an appointed president. Southwest has been supporting TRPI since 2006. Learn More

  • United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)

    The USHLI was developed into one of the most powerful nationally and internationally recognized Latino organization in the country by organizing and conducting nonpartisan voter registration and leadership development programs in 40 states. The organization has been able to maintain a stable presence in hundreds of communities over the years by promoting empowerment and civic responsibility. Southwest Airlines has been supporting USHLI since 1995 and is proud to be its Official Airline. Learn More

  • United States Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education (USHYEE)

    USHYEE in partnership with Maryland State Department of Education, the Hispanic College Fund, public and private partnerships, school districts, colleges, and universities are working together to provide Hispanic Youth with comprehensive and innovative tools leading to enhanced opportunities for students in developing successful careers. Learn More

State/Regional & Local Partners

  • The Center for Community Development and Civil Rights (CDCR)

    CDCR was founded in January of 2005 by Raul Yzaguirre to empower people by building bridges between Arizona State University and the community as catalysts for transformation. As a national civil rights leader, Yzaguirre sets the highest standard of excellence and integrity for the Center. He brings to ASU the expertise and alliances developed over the course of his thirty-year career in representing the U.S. Latino population and other groups that experience poverty and discrimination.  Learn More

  • Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC)

    Since its inception, CPLC's goal has been to promote the well-being of Arizona's socially and economically deprived communities. Programmatic approaches are aimed at providing the tools necessary to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve their aspirations. The organization's accomplishments have allowed it to gain the respect of community members for its ability to advance individuals, families, and communities. Learn More

  • California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC)

    The primary goal of CHCC is to represent the interests of over 425,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the State of California. With a network of over 65 Hispanic chamber and business associations throughout the state, the CHCC is the largest premier regional Hispanic business organization in the nation that promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs. Learn More

  • California Latino Caucus Institute (CLCI)

    The Institute was created to fill a pressing need in society for enlightened leadership and positive social transformation. As a public policy change agent, the Institute supports innovative leadership programs to enhance the quality of life for Californians. Established as a nonpartisan effort in 2002 by the California Latino Legislative Caucus, the California Latino Legislative Caucus Institute for Public Policy (CLLCIPP), known as the California Latino Caucus Institute, is a broad-based public policy, educational, and leadership development organization. Southwest is the Official Airline and one of our Employees serves on the Corporate Advisory Board. Learn More

  • California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc (CRLA)

    CRLA was founded in 1966 as a non-profit legal services program with a mission to strive for economic justice and human rights on behalf of the rural poor. Today, CRLA has 22 offices, many in rural communities from the Mexican border to Northern California. Each year, the organization provides more than 20,000 poor rural Californians with no-cost legal services and a variety of community education and outreach programs. Half of their resources are committed to multi-client cases that grapple with the root causes of poverty. The impact of CRLA's litigation has touched the lives of millions of individuals living below the poverty line, improving conditions for farm workers, new immigrants, welfare mothers, school children, the elderly, the physically challenged and entire communities. Southwest has been supporting CRLA for over five years. Learn More

  • Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)

    HOPE is a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy, and education to benefit all communities and the status of women. HOPE's goals are to empower Latinas with political knowledge through town hall meetings, debates, educational seminars, and practical workshops. Southwest has been a year-round sponsor of the organization for over 5 years. Learn More

  • Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Silicon Valley

    The mission of the Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Silicon Valley is to maximize Hispanic business and economic development of Silicon Valley by serving as an advocate and resource for its members, business owners, professionals, students and the community in general by being the premier voice for Hispanic and minority businesses. Learn More

  • The Hispanic Community Affairs Council (HCAC)

    The Hispanic Community Affairs Council (HCAC) is a community-based organization in Alameda County. It was organized in 1978 by a group of individuals interested in providing a forum to debate issues of interest to the Latino/Hispanic communities, sharing information regarding employment opportunities, and developing a broad network of concerned individuals. It formally became a 501(c)(3) organization in January 1986. Learn More

  • League of California Cities - Latino Caucus (LCCLC)

    The Latino Caucus of the League of California Cities serves as a leader to improve the quality of life, advocate on behalf of the Latino community, and provide, promote, and develop leadership. The Latino Caucus is an effective voice in the development of public policy affecting California cities, constituents, and the entire state of California.  Southwest is the Official Airline of LCCLC. Learn More

  • National Coalition of Hispanic Organizations (NCHO)

    This organization is devoted to civil rights work in the fields of education, affordable housing, employment, and health. NCHO is the only organization in America with two presidential Medal of Freedom recipients as members of the Board of Directors.

  • Heart of Los Angeles Youth (HOLA)

    HOLA is an inner city youth service organization that empowers young people to advance their lives and revitalize their communities through enrichment, personal development, and leadership programs. Their program areas include education, athletics, and fine arts. Southwest has had representation on the organization's Board of Directors since 2004, and has supported the organization for more than 10 years.  Learn More

  • Chicano Federation of San Diego County

    The mission of the Chicano Federation of San Diego County is to promote the self-sufficiency of San Diego Country residents by building partnerships and providing education, economic development, advocacy, housing, and social service programs. Southwest has supported Chicano Federation for over 10 years. Learn More

  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce San Francisco (HCCSF)

    The SFHCC is a non-profit organization created in 1984 to represent the needs of Hispanic businesses and the Hispanic community in San Francisco. The SFHCC serves as a leader and catalyst to promote economic development through the collaboration of professional organizations in the Greater San Francisco Bay area while leveraging the strength of nationwide and statewide Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. With more than 300 members and an active e-mail database approaching 2,700 the SFHCC is one of the largest Hispanic business organizations in the city. Southwest Airlines has representation on the Advisory Board and has supported SFHCC for several years. Learn More

  • Latin American Education Foundation (LAEF)

    LAEF has established itself as a leader in meeting the higher education needs of Hispanic students in Colorado. In 60 years LAEF has awarded over 5,400 scholarships totaling over $5,000,000.

  • Latino Community Foundation (LCF)

    LCF's vision is to create a future where all Latino families are safe, healthy, and full participants in the civic and economic life of California.

  • Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    The Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a membership driven organization of Hispanic businesses, professional associations, and corporations working together to provide partnership opportunities through programs and services designed to help our members meet their goals.

  • El Valor

    El Valor is a non-profit based organization founded in 1973 by the late Guadalupe A. Reyes. A visionary leader and mother, Mrs. Reyes dreamed of a community in which all members, including her son with special needs, could live, learn, and work. She and several others took out a small bank loan and borrowed a church basement in Pilsen where they started the first bilingual, bicultural rehabilitation center in Illinois, and named it El Valor, meaning "courage".

    From its roots in the Latino community, El Valor has grown into a multicultural, multipurpose organization that reaches thousands of families in the Chicagoland area, and millions throughout the nation. El Valor's mission is to support and challenge urban families to achieve excellence and participate fully in community life. Their programs exist to enrich and empower people with disabilities, the disenfranchised, and the underserved. Learn More

  • NM Medical Card

    With more than 400,000 uninsured individuals in New Mexico, the New Mexico Hispanic Medical Association (NMHMA) has negotiated major discounts for the medically uninsured with over 400 physicians and medical providers in the state. For a nominal cost of $75 per year, a New Mexico Medical Card holder, their spouse, and dependants will have access to the network of providers, pharmacy, and laboratory discounts. The $75 fee will be used to cover the cost of administration of the program; cost of the program literature, brochures, provider directories, and materials; adding to the network of providers, and community preventative health education. Although the $75 annual fee is not a large cost, there are many families that are at a severe economic disadvantage and purchasing the card could force them to choose between buying groceries or having health care. Southwest Airlines sponsors families that would find it a financial hardship to enter the program.

  • Taller Puertorriqueno

    The Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc. (Taller) is a multi-disciplinary cultural and educational organization dedicated to the preservation, development, and promotion of Puerto Rican artistic and cultural traditions and the quality of representation of other Latin American cultures and their common roots. Exhibits bring works of visual, performance, and litereary art to audiences through an integrated process exploring the dynamics of arts and culture in three centers - Puerto Rico, Philadelphia and New York, and explore how art creation is influenced by the changes, exchanges, and confluences within these groups. Southwest Airlines is proud to be the Official Airline of upcoming exhibits and events.

  • University of Pennsylvania and Casa Latina

    The Community Outreach Program at La Casa Latina is committed to organizing, training, and supporting student volunteers within the university system to serve the greater Latino community at both the local and national levels.  A relatively new addition to La Casa, in two years the Outreach Program has grown to include a network of over 50 student volunteers in the university community, and has already reached out to more than 500 Latinos beyond the Penn campus.

    The primary focus of the organization's outreach programming is loosely divided among three key groups in the Latino community: children and youth, adults, and new Latino students at Penn.

    La Casa Latina is a division of the Office for University Life (VPUL) at the University of Pennsylvania.  Learn More

  • Association for the Advancement of Mexican American, Inc. (AAMA)

    The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA) currently serves over 30,000 men, women, and children through more than 20 different programs.  AAMA's mission is to advance the lives of at-risk youth and families through an array of innovative programs that provide education, social services, healthcare and human services, and community development in Texas cities.

    In Houston, AAMA has pioneered critical work with "at risk" youth through the highly successful and nationally recognized, George I. Sanchez High School (GIS). In 2001, AAMA opened a second GIS campus in San Antonio.

    The organization's adult education program, AAMA Adelante (to move forward), provides classes in ABE (Adult Basic Education), ESL, and GED, technology training, and citizenship to approximately 3,000 students each year.

  • Hispanic Women's Network of Texas

    HWNT is a state-wide organization of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to promoting the participation of Hispanic women in public, corporate, and civic arenas. HWNT seeks to advance the educational, cultural, social, legal, and economic well-being of all women through a broader awareness of their role in society, business, and family. Members strive to celebrate the positive image and values of the Hispanic culture. The HWNT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has become the premier Hispanic women’s organization in Texas. Since its inception, HWNT members have come together to sponsor programs designed to cultivate the social, cultural, legal, and educational interests of Hispanic women. HWNT has sponsored and supported such activities as educational/mentoring programs, Women's Right to Vote Celebrations, Hispanic Summit and Emerging Leaders Conference, HWNT’s State Conference, and inter-generational programs and achievement awards and ceremonies. HWNT believes that women coming together in spirit of corroboration can make a difference!

  • Mission Neighborhood Centers

    Mission Neighborhood Centers has a legacy of providing quality multi-cultural, multi-generational safety net services. It has become a backbone institution for San Francisco’s vulnerable children, families and seniors by providing a continuum of programs that support an individual’s life span. Through high quality early childhood and youth development programs as well as senior services, MNC reaches across generations providing culturally appropriate services that improve the quality of life of thousands of families city-wide. Learn More

  • Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC)

    TAMACC is a private non-profit corporation with a 501(c)(6) IRS designation. TAMACC was founded 32 years ago by a small group of Hispanic businesspersons interested in increasing business opportunities for themselves and other similar business owners. The association, headquartered in Austin, TX, acts as the organizational umbrella providing advocacy, technical support, programs, and services to the network of local Hispanic chambers.

    The strategic goals of the organization include economic empowerment of Hispanic businesses, creation of value for local chambers, to position TAMACC as the leading advocate of Hispanic business issues, and to assess, evaluate, and align the organization and operation of TAMACC.

  • Christmas in the Neighborhood/Navidad En El Barrio

    Navidad en el Barrio’s mission is to bring the joy of Christmas to predominantly minority families by providing literacy and fitness toys for children in low-income communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  For over 18 years, Navidad in the Neighborhood has been addressing the seasonal issue of families being financially unable to provide gifts for their children on December 25. In 2005, the foundation distributed over 50,000 new learning toys, books, and sports equipment through nomination partnerships with almost 100 local social service agencies, schools, churches, and recreation centers. Collecting presents that help children succeed in education and increase their levels of physical fitness through sports and games is unique. Navidad is giving minority at risk youth tools to build social skills and emotional development through play, develop a love for reading, and encourage healthy habits that including participation in sports and exercise.

  • Dallas Concilio of Hispanic Serving Institutions

    The Dallas Concilio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which has been in existence since 1981. The goal is to deliver results that support a healthy, well-educated, financially stable Dallas, focused specifically on the needs of Hispanics in Dallas County. Approximately 5,000 clients are served through the direct efforts of the Dallas Concilio each year. We operate as an umbrella organization for groups addressing the various needs of the Hispanic community, and this network provides a forum for collaboration and exchange of information. As a solutions provider, the organization seeks to bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the community at large.

  • International Hispanic Cultural Institute, Inc. (IHCII)

    IHCII was founded as a 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enlightening, enriching, educating, and empowering through the arts and meaningful cultural events. The organization also seeks to promote cultural awareness and provide youth avenues for self expression through the arts while motivating students toward higher educational achievement.

  • Lucy G. Acosta Humanitarian Award

    Project Amistad is one of the many programs established by the LULAC organization in El Paso, TX. As such, the Project operates several community programs which benefit seniors and individuals in the area. The Humanitarian Award was created to recognize the legacy of Lucy G. Acosta and other outstanding members of the El Paso community.

  • Mexican Heritage Corporation

    Founded in 1988, the Mexican Heritage Corporation serves the Silicon Valley and Northern California by presenting and advancing Mexican and multicultural performing arts. The mission of the MHC is to affirm, celebrate and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Mexican community and showcase multicultural arts within the region. MHC has been presenting, producing and promoting the dance, music and visual arts traditions of Mexico for over twenty-five years, creating opportunities for individuals and communities to celebrate, share, and sustain the vitality of Mexico's ethnic and traditional cultural arts and multicultural arts within the region. Our work promotes the importance of cultural heritage for strengthening ethnic identity and community. Learn More

  • Sam Donaldson School of Communication, University of Texas El Paso (UTEP)

    The University of Texas at El Paso Department of Communication, in cooperation with the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies, hosts "Emerging Faces in Hispanic Advertising," a three-day conference designed to help advertisers learn how to better reach the Hispanic consumer. "Emerging Faces in Hispanic Advertising" brings together some of the nation's top advertising executives, who share insights and expertise on new ways to appeal to the ever growing Hispanic community. Each year hundreds of students, educators, and advertising professionals attend the conference, which focuses on areas such as account planning and research, effective creative strategy development, and development of both traditional and new media strategies. The conference includes expert panel discussions on various topics, including advertising strategies and tactics, understanding how corporate America view Hispanic consumers, and the future of the field. At the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border, the University of Texas at El Paso is a major urban research university that enrolls nearly 20,000 students. UTEP is the country's only doctoral research-intensive university with a student body that's predominantly Mexican-American.  Learn More

    The Sam Donaldson center for Communication Studies at UTEP capitalizes on its border location to provide students and working professionals from the United States and Mexico research, internship, and learning opportunities. The center is named after the ABC News veteran who graduated from Texas Western College (now UTEP) in 1955.

  • Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (formerly called the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce) was founded in 1972 to address California’s changing population, its economy and the impact each had on the local Hispanic community, focusing on educational and economic opportunities in California and the United States.

    In 1985, the Mexican American Chamber became the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to reflect the growing population of a diverse Mexican/Latino community. Learn More

  • Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA)

    Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) is a community-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the healthy social, cultural, and academic development of at-risk, inner-city youth through education in the arts.

    MECA programs help promote self esteem, discipline, and academic achievement in the Houston community's youth, while instilling a sense of direction and a commitment to cultural diversity.

    MECA utilizes arts education in conjunction with support services to ensure that youth and families are served in a holistic manner. Students receive tutoring, mentoring, life-skills workshops, education field trips, school advocacy, SAT preparation, and assistance with college selection, enrollment, and financial aid. In addition, youth and their families also receive crisis intervention, substance abuse education, counseling, and referrals for long term counseling.

    Through the success of the students, the breadth of the services and the quality of the programs MECA has been a consistent contributor to the social health and cultural life of Houston for nearly 30 years.

  • The Unity Council

    The Unity Council (officially known as the Spanish Speaking Unity Council) was founded in 1964, incorporated in 1967, and received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in 1968. The Unity Council is a non-profit community development corporation committed to enriching the quality of life of families primarily in the Fruitvale District of Oakland. Its mission is to help families and individuals build wealth and assets through comprehensive programs of sustainable economic, social and neighborhood development. Learn More

  • Willie C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI)

    The William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) is a tax-exempt, non-profit, non-partisan public policy analysis organization chartered in 1985. The purpose of WCVI is to conduct research aimed at improving the level of political and economic participation in Latino and other underrepresented communities, to provide information to Latino leaders relevant to the needs of their constituents, to inform the Latino leadership and the public about the impact of public policies on Latinos, and to inform the Latino leadership and public about political opinions and behavior of Latinos.

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