Over the past 10 years, New York’s Hispanic population increased by more than 15%, accounting for roughly two-thirds of the state’s total growth. As the Hispanic community grows, it’s vital that organizations providing a range of services for such communities feel empowered and financially equipped to offer services from food security to workforce development and legal support.
To uplift such organizations during Hispanic Heritage Month, we are highlighting a few grantees across the state serving the Hispanic communities that enrich New York.
Community Resource Center (CRC)
For over 24 years, CRC has served immigrant and low-income families in Westchester by providing resources that enable them to become self-reliant, thriving community members. The organization served over 4,000 people in 2021 alone with a myriad of services, including educational programs, eviction prevention, and workshops and workforce job placement for men and women seeking employment.
Safe Passage’s mission is grounded in the idea that no child should face the immigration process alone. As a highly focused nonprofit immigration legal services organization, Safe Passage provides free lawyers to immigrant children in the NYC-area who face deportation back to life-threatening situations, despite their strong legal claim to stay in the US. As of 2022, the organization represents children in over 1,000 cases.
Hispanic Counseling Center (HCC)
On Long Island, NY, HCC provides mental health and substance abuse treatment and services, as well as programs for families, children, youth, and adolescents to support the growing Latino population in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Over the organization’s 45 years, HCC has expanded to include individual and family counseling, case management, support groups, crisis intervention and prevention programs for at-risk youth. HCC is the only agency in Nassau County licensed by both the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) to provide these services in an entirely bilingual, bicultural setting.
New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
NICE creates pathways to long-term success and empowerment for essential immigrant workers throughout Queens and New York City. Despite their essential role as front-line workers, immigrants often suffer from some of the highest rates of workplace violations, injury and death. NICE provides critical services, education, workforce development, and OSHA and SST certifications to prevent worker exploitation and ensure workers’ safety and rights are respected.
Ibero American Action League (Ibero)
Ibero is a dual language multi service agency that empowers and advocates for Latinos and the underserved to achieve equity in Rochester. Since its inception in 1968, Ibero has evolved to serve individuals and families of all ethnic backgrounds, yet preserving its unique ability to target the Latino community remains unprecedented in this region. In 2015, Ibero launched the first 24-hour Latin radio station in the state, outside of New York City: Poder 97.1 FM.
Each of these organizations serves a pressing need in the Hispanic community in New York, using a holistic approach to address social determinants of health and improve health outcomes and quality of life. With empowering and life-saving programs throughout the state, our grantees are helping create a more diverse and equitable New York.
You can learn more about the organizations by visiting their websites: