Mission: Hispanic Unity of Florida?s (HUF) mission is: Empowering Hispanics and other members of the community to become self-sufficient and lead productive lives. Founded 25 years ago in 1982 by community leaders to ease the acculturation transition of newcomers from other nations, HUF?s primary purpose remains providing skills, contacts and other tools to build a new life. Now Broward County?s largest 501(c) 3 dedicated to the immigrant population, HUF serves 20,000+ individuals per year (from over 30 countries). HUF operates over 20 core programs/services from 8 sites around the county, helping newcomers of all ages ? toddlers through seniors.
Results: 31 years of Serving the South Florida Community 20,000 clients assisted annually from 25 countries in three (3) languages 60% of HUF's clients hail from Latin nations and the Caribbean, complemented by American-born clients including African-Americans, Caucasians, and others. 90 cents of every dollar raised go to HUF programs! (Source: 2011 IRS/ 990 tax return)
Target demographics: Hispanics and other members of the community
Geographic areas served: Broward County
Programs: Education • English classes for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (Classes taught by Broward County Public Schools) • Pre-School (Licensed Pre-K & VPK for 3 – 5 year olds) • Youth Development Program –Before/After School & Summer Program for youth 11–18 years old Civic Engagement • Voter Registration Assistance • Citizenship Classes and Naturalization Preparation Assistance Health • Assistance with Primary Healthcare Access Economic Development • Center for Working Families: - Employment Preparation & Placement - Career Coaching - Assistance in Accessing Public Benefits - Financial Education & Coaching • FREE Tax Preparation • Start-Your-Own Business Workshops “Emerging Entrepreneurs” Family Care • Information and Referrals Legal Assistance • Immigration Referrals and FREE Immigration Clinics • Legal Consultation and Referrals (Legal Aid Service of Broward County)