Boston – The Latino Legacy Fund at the Boston Foundation today announced a number of new efforts to support Latino-led and Latino-serving organizations across Massachusetts, including grantmaking and a new series of informative graphics in English and Spanish to provide information to community members on staying safe and highlight health and other resources for the Latino community.
“As Massachusetts begins to reopen businesses and other organizations, it only adds to the risks and challenges for Latinos in the state and their families,” said Aixa Beauchamp, co-chair of the Latino Legacy Fund at the Boston Foundation. “The virus is hitting Latino communities particularly hard, and as more people are expected or required to go back to work, we need to make sure we are supporting organizations that provide critical services to Latino communities, and provide culturally relevant information to English- and Spanish-speaking Latinos statewide.”
“The number of COVID cases, thankfully, is going down, but as we have painfully learned, it is Latinos and other communities of color that will both feel the economic impact longest and are at greatest risk in a resurgence,” said Juan Carlos Morales, co-chair of the Latino Legacy Fund. “The Latino Legacy Fund was established to provide resources to meet critical needs at times like these – and we hope donors will join us with their immediate and long-term support.”
Grants for Chelsea, and partnership grants for Western Massachusetts
The Fund announced a new $50,000 general operating support grant to the Chelsea Collaborative, and the launch of a matching grant campaign that could raise thousands of dollars more for nonprofits serving the people of Chelsea during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Latino Legacy Fund is also pleased to announce it has partnered with the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to make over $200,000 in grants to six organizations serving people in the western part of the state. The grantees include:
With the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts:
• Womanshelter Compañeras
• Holyoke Health Center
• Gándara Mental Health Center
• New North Citizens’ Council
• Enlace de Familias de Holyoke
With the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation:
• Manos Unidas
The Latino Legacy Fund provided $75,000 toward these partnership grants. The Fund has also partnered with the Boston Foundation in offering $125,000 in grants to Latino-led and Latino-serving organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuidando a nuestra familia Latina
In partnership with Archipelago Strategies Group, the Latino Legacy Fund has also created a series of infographics and resources specifically geared toward helping Latinos in Massachusetts. Launched in late May, the infographics and information at TBF.org/comunidad have been accessed thousands of times. The infographics, in English and Spanish, provide recommendations for protecting yourself and your family from COVID-19, as well as tips for caring for those with coronavirus. In addition, the campaign offers a list of available resources for Latinos and ways to connect with organizations that are providing help to Latinos in cities and towns around Massachusetts.
The files are available for viewing and download from TBF.org/comunidad.