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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Education, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, Job Training, Vocational Counseling

Mission: We exist to empower our Latino families to thrive in our communities by creating opportunities for advancement and building bridges that unite and strengthen us all.

Results: Thanks to the generosity of many caring individuals, businesses, community partners and public and private funders, we successfully served 2,464 people last year. We helped our 100th person pass the Citizenship exam. We helped 62 people improve their English with the dedicated support of 48 volunteer tutors. Over 700 people acquired a Mexican passport or consular ID card and collectively they saved thousands of dollars and time by not having to drive to Portland. And, finally, because of our community's support, we were able to hire an Assistant Director and a Workforce Navigator to help expand our impact in the lives of Central Oregon families.

Target demographics: Latino families thrive!

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,464 people

Geographic areas served: Central Oregon

Programs: Workforce Empowerment, Family Empowerment, Healthy Families and Cultural Enrichment

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Latino Community Association has continued to build on its successes to expand its services to the local Latino population. It has become significant among all of the non-profit service providers in the community. LCA has weathered the inevitable hard times by sticking to its central mission and by attracting committed, talented volunteers and supporters to its programs.

2 Miriam7

Client Served

Rating: 4

The LCA is a wonderful organization that has helped many Hispanics families in Central Oregon. Among those families is my family that has benefit from many of the programs that LCA offers. Without the help and support that LCA offers to Latino families like mine, they wouldn't be able to afford services such as dental, chiropractic, or counselor services. Thank you LCA for all the services you offer to the Latino population. Also, I want to thank you all the donors and volunteers who make possible that organizations like LCA stay open and free of charge to low income families. Together, you are making the difference.

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Brad Porterfield 11/10/2014

Gracias Miriam!! Thank you for your kind words and encouragement! Juntos avanzamos!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The LCA labor of love towards the Latino population in Central Oregon is extraordinary. Without this organization this vibrant minority could not have the help, support, and visibility it has. I respect greatly their staff, volunteers and board members. The clients they serve are extremely fortunate to have them all. Thanks for the donors as well. This is truly a gem of an organization that it needs all the support it can get to continue their work and their mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This was a very good experience they wore very helpful and meet my expectations

1 Maria120

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering with LCA for about two years now. I find it rewarding working on programs that benefit so many families, educates and empowers individuals of Latino Origin.

1 George10

Donor

Rating: 5

I often meet people with stories about how LCA has changed their lives. The organizers are dedicated and enthusiastic. They are continually looking for new ways to be current with the local needs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a new supporter of Amigos. I joined the family because of the wonderful, intelligent, enthusiastic, dedicated and gratefull young people I have met in this community. I plan to volunteer when my experience matches a need. The organizers are clearly loved and respected by the people who have received support over the years before I became aware of the current efforts. Their continuing search for new ideas, programs and people in need is truly inspirational.

1 Jane80

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with LCA about two years ago. I am so impressed with the dedication of the Board and volunteers, and the graciousness of the latino community we serve. Both the Latino community I have been able to assist in the English tutoring program, and the other volunteers themselves have enriched my life. I've seen the Board grow and become more focused just in the short time I have been involved and look forward to being part of a growing, forward-thinking organization.

Jane Custer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Latino Community Association since 2007 when I was volunteering during English classes. My role has evolved as I have been an English tutor, worked at the front desk, and assisted several times when LCA sponsored a lawyer for free consultations. I'm now the liaison between LCA and Inner City Outings as we are trying to get Latino students out in the woods.

This organization is deeply rooted in the community and has been doing an incredible job of providing English lessons, job searches, legal support, family support, immigration counseling, and a host of other programs that are integral to the residents of Central Oregon.

The leadership has been consistent, brilliant, and hardworking over the years and I continually volunteer and financially support this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Worked on the Culture of Festivals. This was a very rewarding experience. Watching the newly sworn in U.S. citizens take their oath and celebrating with them via the festival was a joy. The many booths and people that visited this event was such a fulfillment of the efforts we put into this event. It was a honoring time for the new citizens and an opportunity for the community to share in this process.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board of the Latino Community Association because I was so impressed by the work being done by the organization and wanted to do my part to help. I continue to admire and appreciate the efforts of the agency, the volunteers, the collaborators, and the people who come to receive services but end up contributing on a variety of levels.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to the Mobile Mexican Consulate and Latino Community Association, nearly 350 Central Oregon residents recieved passports and consular identification cards. Providing a liaison for our Latino community has never been more important, as the Latino community in Central Oregon is always growing. The less intimidating we can make the legal process, or any other process such as healthcare or education, the more people are likely to want to come forward and get their identification cards and/or passports, as well as work toward higher education and/or better health and healthcare. Thanks to this very adept and generous organization, Central Oregon is ever-closer to achieving its goals of promoting diversity, welcoming newcomers, and creating more opportunities for all its citizens!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Latino Community Association has be a constant and reliable source of information and assistance for our Latino Community and its relationships with the rest of the community. Our Latino community is a growing and influential element in Central Oregon and the Association has done much to help this influence be positive for everyone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The needs of our Latino community members are diverse and ever growing. Our local Latino Community Association uses scarce resources to achieve meaningful assistance to Latinos of all ages and needs. Central Oregon is a better place because of LCA and its efforts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Four years ago we moved to Sisters, OR, and I began volunteer tutoring adult Hispanic folks in English, soon becoming involved with different family issues and the kids. When I finally discovered the LCA and all the threads of their efforts to reach out and involve the various communities in all three of these neighboring towns, (Redmond, Bend and Sisters), I found sources for various needs right away.

One example involved camping outings and hikes for kids who don't get those chances; another was legal advice for documentation issues; other thingsincluded resource teaching materials, medical locations and celebrations of Hispanic and Latino cultural events. I am so thankful for the work of underpaid staff and volunteers for a huge population of underserved people. The need is tremendous!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCA has been the resource portal for so many people & families within the community. It has been the connection between organizations and community members that may not have reached out without LCA's support, which has been a huge blessing for both sides. Not only does LCA provide assistance and support for Latino people & families but it has brought amazing cultural experiences to everyone. Thanks LCA- keep on!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are fortunate to have the Latino Community Association in Central Oregon and to have Brad Porterfield as the driving force of LCA. Through LCA, Brad's passion has helped open minds to other cultures, while at the same time serving the Latino population with invaluable help. This nonprofit is a crucial resource for our growing community. Thanks, LCA and Brad!

1 Carol60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started work with the LCA almost 5 years ago through my volunteer work with the Festival of Cultures here in Redmond OR. They were and still are a key role in the local Citizenship Ceremony held each year at the FOC in Redmond's Centennial Park. Very important for the community and our political atmosphere here in Central Oregon. I met tons of interesting people and learned about how SO MANY things in our community are touched by the programs and people brought to you by the LCA. My eyes were opened as to how much our community needs the involvement of each and every culture to make it the best place to live and work. I know I also made lifelong friends and was reminded many times how fortunate I am to be an American Citizen.... Thank You LCA - now I just need to learn Spanish :)

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Brad Porterfield 10/29/2014

Thank you Carol!! You have been missed senorita.

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Rating: 5

I am an event planner in the community and volunteer my time to work with LCA on the Festival of Cultures which is a yearly event celebrating the cultures in our area. Prior to this joint festival I did not know about LCA or what they worked on in the community. Now I have experienced what they do for our community and the Latinos that have chosen to make our beautiful area their home. The amount of information, the availability and knowledge of the staff, the available resources in the community ----everything seems to work together to help the Latinos settle into our community and allow them to be comfortable enough to give back. The Festival of Cultures, now in its 7th year is one of the main events for our community and continues to grow and provide all cultures a chance to share their heritage with the people in our community. LCA is the main backbone of the Festival - the staff, the volunteers and the board all work together to make it successful. I have met many amazing people through our local LCA and have gained life long friends, they opened my eyes to so many things that I was naively unaware of, I am grateful and thankful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to be part of an event put on by the Latino Community Association recently and was blown away by their leadership, enthusiasm and ambition. The LCA works tirelessly to help and provide resources for families within our community. They are truly an incredible organization and I look forward to working with them in the future!

1 Ruthie2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been tutoring two Mexican women through Latino Community Association in Redmond, Oregon. They are both advanced students and so I focus a lot on increasing their skills in reading, grammar and writing. It has been a great experience for me as these two women have become dear friends. I have been with them long enough to walk through marriage, new babies and countless other situations. I have enjoyed being under the umbrella of LCA. They have always been very encouraging to me, letting me use their office for tutoring when I have needed a place, offering resources and teachig advice through group tutor sessions. Ruthie Keller

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Brad Porterfield 10/29/2014

Thanks for your kind words and wonderful work tutoring and blessing our families with your generous spirit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Via my church I volunteer in a low income neighborhood that houses mostly Latino families. Every once in a while a family hits a bump and needs some help. I always suggest to them that they go and see the Latino Community Association (LCA). There are so many ins and outs of our various government and non-profit systems that we as volunteers don't completely understand, that it is good to have an LCA in our community to back us up. LCA puts my mind at ease, as I know that they will care for the people that I send their way.