Hispanic group ‘Conexion Latina’ drafting its objectivesWritten by Brandi Barhite | Community Ombudsman | email@example.com
United Way Conexion Latina is officially under way.
The group started a few years ago, but was only meeting occasionally. Milva Valenzuela Wagner, director of major gifts at United Way, was put in charge of United Way Conexion Latina to give it the boost it needed.
“The overall goal is to expand the involvement of Hispanics in the community, Wagner said. “It is a volunteer group, and we will develop objectives based on expanding involvement of Hispanics in the community.”
A networking meeting in May brought together people interested in Latino issues and informed them about the work that Conexion is hoping to do, Wagner said.
Hispanics are the largest growing minority in the United States and by 2050, the Hispanic population will triple to about 100 million. Wagner said United Way tries to reach out to different segments of the population.
In Lucas County, the Hispanic population is 22,709; Wood, 4,718 and Ottawa, 1,653.
The objectives for United Way Conexion are still in the drafting stage, but include establishing connections with other organizations that benefit Hispanics; availability of bilingual information at social service agencies; and expanding awareness about participating in activities, leadership groups and nonprofit organizations.
The next meeting is at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the United Way building.
Wagner hopes the objectives will be finalized during that meeting and a chairperson will be elected.
“We are attracting people who otherwise might not be engaged in the community,” Wagner said. “This is probably the first time they are volunteering for any