VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO COMMUNITIES IN WORCESTER
Centro Las Americas
(CLA), envisions a system that weaves together formal services and informal resources that genuinely supports families and their sense of community.
Hector Reyes House
The Hector Reyes House offers continuum of culturally-informed services for Latino males that focus on recovery from substance use. The overall goal of the program is to help each individual develop skills that will support long-term recovery. The Hector Reyes House is a new model of residential substance abuse treatment. It will provide services for 25 Latino men. This program will offer in-house medical treatment, along with intensive cognitive behavioral therapy. It will address nationally recognized health care disparities, alleviate a shortage of treatment options for Latinos, offer training and employment options designed to promote recovery, and reduce the odds of relapse. There are currently NO such programs in the region.
27 Vernon Street, Worcester
ISLA (Innovative Services for Latino Adolescents)
Innovative Services for Latino Adolescents (ISLA), a program within the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University, is an academic after school program for third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students. This program focuses on the development and enhancement of early English literacy skills. ISLA provides time for homework help, academic enrichment, and mentorship. Students also participate in arts and crafts, field trips, and other recreational activities throughout the year. This program works to dovetail the school day curriculum by adding additional support and instruction.
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Contact Person: Christine Foley, After School Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
508798-6507 Ext. 104
Latino Education Institute
The Latino Education Institute (LEI) at Worcester State College seeks to improve academic achievement and the general well-being of Latino individuals and families in the Worcester area. Two programs that Holy Cross students have been involved in through LEI are:
- Innovative Services for Latino Achievers (ISLA) focuses on academic success, leadership skills and well-being, and prepares students for the transition from elementary to middle school.
- Latina Achievers in Search of Success (LASOS) engages sixth grade Latina girls and their mothers in an educational after school program which focuses on self exploration, personal development, cultural enrichment, early college awareness and career exploration. The program meets one evening per week for two hours.
537 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Lutheran Social Services
The Unaccompanied Minors Program at Lutheran Social Services provides foster home care and supportive case management services to refugee children and teens who have been separated from their families and fled their homelands alone because of war and persecution. Holy Cross students help the adolescents with their homework and serve as mentors and role models. Many of the children are Spanish-speaking.
New Citizens Center
The mission of the Dr. James A. Caradonio New Citizens Center is to provide a warm welcome to Worcester Public School students who arrive from other counties with significant academic gaps. Our school focus is to teach English Language Learners not only the English language, but also academic and school-based cultural skills, which will promote successful future academic and social endeavors in their home schools.
1407A Main Street
Worcester, MA 01603
Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center
The Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC), formerly known as the Somali Women And Children’s Association, was founded in 1993. We are a community-based, non-profit, grassroots human service agency that provides comprehensive services to refugees, asylees, and immigrants as well as the larger community. Our services include refugee resettlement, asylee case management, counseling, outreach and education, and other social services.
340 Main Street, Suite 802, Worcester
The Initiative For Engaged Citizenship
Our mission is simple; to empower communities through dialogue, education and the promotion of a more accessible and inclusive civic process. In order to achieve this our organization promotes 5 Actions to Empower Worcester’s 5 Districts: Coordination of Community Outreach Efforts to Increase Voter Turnout, Providing Individuals and Organizations with the Skills and Information Necessary to Advocate in Their Community, Steering Dialogue to Encourage Inclusivity, Accessibility, and Discredit Bias, Community Based Participatory Research that Encourages Greater Resident Involvement and Action Based Civics Education to Empower Our Youth.
Worcester Cultural Coalition
The Cultural Coalition’s mission is to “draw on Worcester’s rich and diverse cultural assets to foster economic revitalization and create a strong cultural identity for the City of Worcester.”
City of Worcester
Executive Office of Economic Development
455 Main Street, 4th Floor
Worcester, MA 01608
Contact Person: Erin Williams, Cultural Development Director, email@example.com
508-799-1400 ext. 265