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The Latino Community Association

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, Job Training, Youth Development

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

Results: Thanks to the generosity of many caring individuals, businesses, community partners and public and private funders, we successfully served 4,532 people last year. We've helped over 200 people pass the Citizenship exam. We helped 81 people improve their English with the dedicated support of 78 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, with of our community's support, we're continuing to grow our Raices Youth Literacy & Empowerment Project at two Bend elementary schools to increase educational success and develop young leaders to help expand our impact across Central Oregon.

Target demographics: Latino families thrive!

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,532 people

Geographic areas served: Central Oregon

Programs: Workforce Education & Training, Family Empowerment, Healthy Families, Youth Rising, and Cultural Enrichment

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as a citizenship tutor with the Latino Community Association and its annual Latino Fest. LCA is a vital part of the community, providing classes,tutors, and many other services for the Latino community. What’s wonderful about LCA in Madras, where I live is the hard work they have done to connect with the larger community. Latino Fest in particular is one of the best run community events I have seen. It draws people of all ethnicities together for a family friendly party in the park. LCA is also branching out, providing a parenting summit and more community-wide events. It’s a positive organization working in a difficult political environment. The staff is outstanding. Madras would not be the same without LCA.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Latino Community Association of Central Oregon is a great resource for our latino population.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with this association to help with outreach for transportation planning efforts in our region. Great resources, energy, and commitment to the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


Latino Community Association is a part of the Becky Johnson Community Center of which I am the Facility Manager. This is one of the four offices they have in Central Oregon. Some of the many programs their staff and volunteers offer here are Citizenship Classes, English Tutoring, Immigration Legal Consultations, Oregon Health Plan assistance, Dental Clinics and a Summer Children's Club. They also hold their All Staff Meetings for all of their Central Oregon Staff members here.
Not only are they a vital part of the Latino Community, they are enthusiastic to help anyone in the community.
Dona Curtis, Facility Manager

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Brad Porterfield 10/02/2019

Thank you for your kind words Dona, for your time sharing your perspective and for all you do for the community!! We're a proud partner of Deschutes Children's Foundation's Becky Johnson Center in Redmond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization carries a heavy lift. It's a lifeline for many, and a joyful symbol for everyone in our community who first and foremost care for each other. At a divisive and often ugly moment in our national history, LCA continues to provide here-and-now assistance and vision for a future that is inclusive and safe for Latinos and the whole central Oregon community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LCA is a shining star in Central Oregon. They cover not just the basics for people in need but long-term vision. They connect what's happening at state, national and local level and help people maneuver huge obstacles that would otherwise really compromise human and civil rights. They provide a wonderful public festival that celebrates diversity and inclusion, the only one of its kind throughout the year.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All the people working at The Latino Community Association are doing an invaluable job in helping families in our community that really need the assistance that they are able to provide through this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched the LCA grow over the years into an effective advocate for Lainos in Central Oregon. It provides many services with a spirit of optimism and is well integrated into the larger cpmmunity.

1 Sue Nell S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Latino Community Associations is a critically needed organization in Central Oregon. Not only does it provide desperately needed and unique services to Latino families, it both advocates for those families and brings together Latinos and Anglos to share in their rich cultures and abilities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Latino Community Association provides essential services and education to both the Latino and Anglo communities of Bend, Oregon. From employment referrals to interpretation at medical appointments, immigration seminars and consulate services, films, fairs, and Día de los Muertos celebrations-- the LCA is a unique and critical resource for our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCA goes above and beyond to help our Latino and immigrant community. They are always highly responsive, kind, and enthusiastic about new partnerships and opportunities to help. It is wonderful to have them as a resource for our community.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Professional with expertise in this field

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!

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

The Latino community association it's very helpful in Central Oregon.
They help a lot sometimes more that they can.

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Brad Porterfield 10/29/2014

Thank you for your kind words! Mil gracias!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Latino Association is a great resource for Central Oregon Latinos and community members looking to serve and interact with local Latinos. Working in the healthcare field, I understand that addressing the needs of the whole person can help create a healthier community. This organization helps break down many barriers for community members who work hard to be a part of our community, but struggle against the status quo that can at times veil all the resources available. Helping some of our most productive community members thrive is a wonderful way for the Latino Community Association to contribute to society. We are blessed by their services and exciting ways they celebrate diversity.

Mark79

Donor

Rating: 5

As a past board member I have been supportive of LCA for many years. Their staff works well to assess and meet the needs of the local Latino community. Their services are invaluable to those that receive them. They have not lost sight of their mission and I am pleased to be a monthly donor via United Way pass through. Adelante!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The LCA has been around for years, quietly assisting the Latin community of Central Oregon. Brad Porterfield is one of the hardest working people I know. He is under paid (sorry, BOD) for the time, energy, and commitment he provides for the LCA patrons. When I win the mega multi million powerball jackpot I'll set you up forever. Or I'll keep making a monthly donation through United Way. Probably the latter. Keep u the good work and see you on the 5th.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Latino Community Association provides a variety of services and programs that help the Latino community in Central Oregon. I have personally worked with them on projects such as visits to the area by the Mexican Consulate and after school programs they run at elementary schools. However I know that there are many, many other ways that the LCA is involved in the community, from interpreting and translations, to tax help, to cultural celebrations. LCA staff and board members have a presence at almost every event that serves the Latino community and are always willing to help other organizations with the same general mission.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5





As with other parts of our country, Central Oregon finds itself in great need for many different communities the largest of which may be our latino community. This is a big job that has brought the cream of Central Oregonians to the top. Highly motivated and ethically clear, the staff and volunteers are relentless in their search for a voice and equality for the latino community through the Latino Comunity Association (LCA). No major or minor issue is "left unturned". LCA provides one-on-one English language learning, promotes citizenship, driver card, health services referral and much more. The contributors and vocal spokespeople for the organization are excited to be able to connect the latino community with the rest of the Central Oregon community thus allowing sharing and integration of cultures to emblazon not only hope but also true succeess. LCA un-imprisons lives that could have been lost to ancient injustices and hypocrisies. Brad Porterfield, Carolina Afre, Margie and George Greogory are just some of the hearts focussed on the success of latinos and cultural integration by carrying the banner for Central Oregon.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had only positive experiences with the Latino Community Association. LCA provides resources and help to Latino families in Central Oregon. I know families that LCA has helped adjust to life in Central Oregon. Their programs help connect the Spanish speaking communities to the Anglo/English speaking communities. It is a very helpful and much-needed organization with quality services for the whole community.