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Latino Community Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: To Empower, Advocate with, and Celebrate Latinos

Target demographics: Latino families and individuals

Geographic areas served: Allegheny County Pennsylvania

Programs: direct family support programs, educational programs, food initiatives, and connections to resources

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Belkys T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Latino Community Center is an extraordinary organization led by and in service of Hispanic/Latinx-identifying populations across Allegheny County. It espouses a student-centered mission and vision that helps improve the lives of Hispanic/Latinx children and their families across our region.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The growth of the LCC over the past two years has been an inspiring occasion in Allegheny County. In a place where the Latinx community is small but growing, and public and social services have not yet expanded or adapted to meet its needs, the Latino Community Center has functioned in a creative and heartening way with the development of its SOY program, summer camp, and expansion of the Latino Community Center. I'm proud to be a member of the Board and prouder still of LCC's staff.

Tori S.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

During Covid--- they were the organization to stand up and get into the trenches to take care of the community. They handed out food, they helped cared people navigate a system that was not created to support them. They helped people get supplies, and help children feel more comfortable, and began workshops to bring some normalcy of life back to the children. The staff worked. and still works so hard to support the community and make sure that all Latinos have what they need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization! Their willingness to go above and beyond to serve a community without many resources in Pittsburgh is phenomenal. The staff is caring, considerate, knowledgeable and hard working. They have made a difference in so many lives and helped many who felt scared and alone feel included.

Katherine D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The dedication that the Center has to it's community and its constituents is so evident, as a volunteer, in their operations and relations across the city. It's a super gratifying, warm feeling that they sort of radiate that makes you want to continue to support them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the LCC a few times and I had a great experience. The programs that they provide for the Latino Community are very important and they work very hard to make sure that everyone is taken care of. I really enjoyed my time and plan to continue volunteering in the future!

2 EnglishTeacher440

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at LCC in the fall of 2017 as an English teacher/tutor/mentor working with a young lady at Brashear High School. I conducted several workshops to train other volunteers to work with students. Also, I volunteered at the SOY after-school program during the 2018-2019 academic year. I need to give the educators at the SOY program a shout of praise for the diligence, knowledge, commitment and care given to the children in the program. They are magnificent women (Ms. Emily, Ms. Aleira and Ms. Jen). The kids grow and flourish under their guidance. The support and enrichment provided by SOY has reached so many youngsters and I know that it will continue to do so. For the past several months, I have been tutoring wonderful young boy on-line, helping him transition from kindergarten to first grade in the areas of reading and math. This little guy is such a trooper and never loses focus. He inspires me, truly! I must say that when there is a need in the Latino community, LCC is at front and center. I am humbled by their relentless hard work!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pittsburgh is a better place because the Latino Community Center exists.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently started volunteering with the Latino Community Center. It supports Latinx community members in a myriad of ways. I have been pleased to see the level of organization at volunteer events so that my time us well used to provide the service and I have a sense of accomplishment. There is a critical need for the LCC and its work, especially during the COVID pandemic.

1 taylor.marielaing9877

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here in the fall and I was excited to volunteer there and get more experience in immersing myself int eh Spanish language and working directly with the community. When I arrived on my first day, I was nervous because I was meeting everyone for the first time. However, that went away as soon as I met the directors and other volunteers and of course, the kids. Volunteering here has become so important to me because watching the kids grow, have fun with everyone and learn is such an amazing experience. I hope to volunteer here for a while because everyone involved is so great and welcoming!

2 Jordan L.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served as a volunteer for the Latino Community Center, tutoring in their after-school program (SOY) and helping with their food delivery initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The LCC leaders in charge of SOY are all loving individuals dedicated to empowering Latino youth in Pittsburgh. They keep the kids constantly learning and growing, and the kids look forward to meeting all of the new volunteers who help in such an amazing program! I have also had the privilege of helping with LCC's grand efforts to feed the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The LCC leaders in charge of the food distribution have been resourceful in partnering with other community groups to meet the need throughout Pittsburgh, and LCC has emerged as a community leader in helping Pittsburgh's citizens. I will forever be grateful for being connected with the Latino Community Center, and I encourage anyone looking to get involved in the city of Pittsburgh to reach out to LCC!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the Latino Community Center has been amazing. From the very first time I participated in an event I was accepted by the welcoming staff and the other volunteers. The mission of the LLC is very clear and it is carried out by thoughtful, passionate people through creative projects aimed at supporting the Latino community. I felt valued and welcomed the entire time, which, along with the awareness of having helped people, made my personal experience very rewarding.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Las muchachas del centro latino me ayudan con aplicaciones o papeles de mis hijas y lo hacen con mucha paciencia. gracias!!

The girls from the Latino Community Center help me with application from my kid school and other papers with a lot of patience.thank you so much!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been a amazing experience, they always have a smile for everybody, I love spend time in Latino Community Center.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Mahogany Asunción Ríos and here is my story.

The Latino Community Centre has done exceptional work to serve Allegheny County's growing Latinx/Hispanic population. I recently have worked there as an intern from Homewood Children's Village and it's been the best experience of my life! I finally had the chance to take my bilingualism to the next level and speak with other Spanish speakers after feeling culturally isolated in the city. I felt right at home during my internship here and will continue my work here as a volunteer. If you are a Latinx or Hispanic family living in Allegheny County, please come here! They are very patient, friendly, and compassionate people!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Latino Community Center mission is such valuable work in Pittsburgh that deserves being shared worldwide. Their lovely workers are awesome persons dedicated to creating always a better situation from any person who needs it.

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Advisor

Rating: 4

Hi, I just wanted to give my testimony about the support that we have been getting from the Latino Community Center. We are a neighborhood organization that helps in the well being of the families and newcomers that live in this area.

The LCC has been one of the first organizations that have been welcoming and helping the new Latino families to get on their feet after a long journey looking for a better life.

We are lucky and at the same time grateful to the LCC that helps with important Services and Resources for the Latino families.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Latino Community Center is a great organization that assists and empowers Latinos within the Pittsburgh community.

Point Park University began partnering with them last year as one of our Federal Work Study employers. We had two Latino students work for them and they both had a great experience. We are continuing our partnership with them this year, and are expanding to include a position with their afterschool program, SOY PGH. We're also hoping to get students to volunteer for the center, if they are not eligible to be a work study employee.

Besides our work study program, I'm always looking for other ways to get our school involved with the community center because I believe in and support the work they do. Donating to La tiendita is one of my favorite things to do and is a great aspect of the community center. It's a great way to start getting involved.

I highly recommend getting involved with the Latino Community Center in anyway possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

it is an institution full of opportunities, it helps you to help, it inspires you to contribute to the community, it is a place full of good energy and it opens the doors to everyone in its worst moments.

3 B Elizabeth Glez A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent place, all are always ready to help, friendly atmosphere, their programs are focused on the needs of the community. What I most enjoy of the LCC is to be able to know new people who understand and live the Latino culture
I love having the possibility of helping others

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Is the best place to volunteer! Interacting with Latinos and speaking my language was a great experience

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This non-profit really does a ton of work to provide support, community building and new experiences to the students, including dance activities, homework assistance, art projects that promote positivity and more! All while also celebrating the children's Latin culture. They try to fill in any gaps that the children may have, while providing opportunities that will help them and their families flourish in the Pittsburgh area.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Latino Community Center is committed to serving the Latino population throughout Allegheny County. Rosamaria and her staff and the entire board are dedicated to the mission of the Center to engage, educate, and empower LatinXs and their families. They are doing this by working diligently on identifying barriers that currently exist within the community and creating sustainable solutions centered around relationship and family.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A special thank you to Ms. Melissa Lopez, Youth Specialist, and her colleagues at The Latino Community Center, for her leadership, dedication and unwavering support to Robert Morris University. Melissa and her colleagues partnered with the university by helping local area students and parents learn about university offerings such as different majors and career pathways, financial aid, college readiness, and success. Also, Melissa and Latino Community center student participated in this years RMU STEM Networking event that attracted various organizations, professionals and scholars. the students gained insight into various STEM-related disciplines. Finally, students joined in helping to cheer on and support the RMU Colonials Football team as they enjoyed an exciting victory over the Virginia State Trojans, September 8th. we are grateful to Melissa and the Latino Community Center and look forward to our continued partnership.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Exceptional service and the team at the LCC is always willing to go the extra mile (and they are very professional and knowledgeable!)

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rosa and her staff and volunteers have proven their dedication and commitment to the entire Latino community. At the Latino Community Center they are focused on meeting the needs of the entire family unit and ensuring that people are set up for success.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Latino Community Center has been a huge asset to Brashear High School. They have been working one on one with students to fill out the FAFSA forms and college applications. They also provide very valuable facts about their rights as documented or undocumented students for college and scholarships. They have organized college tours for many of our Hispanic students, opening their eyes to new possibilities.

The type of service that Latino Community Center provides is not a luxury, it really is an essential need. Our Hispanic youth will not get ahead in our society if we don’t offer the guidance and support that they need in how to navigate the systems that too often constrain them. It is essential that groups like Latino Community Center continue meeting the needs of these students.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I am able to witness first-hand the selfless leadership from the Executive Director to the volunteers. This organization fills the gap in an area that has a growing community that deserves equal access to what Pittsburgh has to offer. The LCC ensures this access and is the reason I chose to take part in its mission. I had a chance to volunteer at a local high school and can tell you the members of the Pittsburgh Latino community are incredible human beings. I look forward to seeing what this organization accomplishes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Latino Community Center is a really commited organization that contributes to the development, engagement and flourishing of the Latino population in the Great Pittsburgh Area. Both Rosamaría and the staff are experienced, open to new ideas, upright people with values and principles. I have helped them for a very short time and I have tried to help as much as I could, but I am aware of the fact that I have given very little in comparison to all that I have received and learned.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Latino Community Center is making a big and lasting impact on the Hispanic population in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with the Latino Community Center as a resident teaching artist and I just loved it! They have developed a beautiful program full of music and visual arts for the children to learn to feel proud and love their cultures. It's been a really lovely experience. I'm grateful for this wonderful organization and their very worthy cause.

3 Brian B.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a native Pittsburgh resident eager to volunteer with the local Latino community, I was excited to find the Latino Community Center. Since its inception just over a year ago, I have had countless wonderful opportunities to volunteer in my community on so many worthwhile projects - helping package goods for Global Links, supporting their Back to School Bash for kids to kick off their school year right, and just engaging with a minority population in Pittsburgh with various outreach efforts. From education to advocacy, it seems like the LCC does a bit of everything and has already made a huge positive impact on the diversity in our community. I'm excited to keep working with the Center in the years to come as they continue to grow and expand their mission.