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Eric Francais
  • November 9, 2022

Recently, Vecinos, serving a large Hispanic/Latino community in the 6 western counties of North Carolina, was granted $25,000 by The Hispanic Federation. The grant will be used to assist low-income, uninsured Hispanic people in western North Carolina who have been impacted by COVID-19.

The Hispanic Federation is a premier Hispanic nonprofit that seeks to empower and advance the Hispanic community, support Hispanic families, and strengthen Hispanic institutions. They support the Hispanic communities by partnering with other nonprofits that serve these communities. Over $4.2 million has helped with a wide range of social services from food to healthcare, to cash and housing assistance

Vecinos is a bilingual, nonprofit, free clinic based in Cullowhee, NC, that serves the uninsured, low-income population in Western NC with out-patient and mobile primary and mental health clinical and supportive services. Many of our patients are Hispanic and have been impacted by COVID-19, from health impact to job insecurity. To assist the community in need and to meet the goals of the grant, Vecinos’ outreach staff identifies individuals in need of food, helps with rent and utilities, and provides access to COVID testing and safety kits for the community.

The partnership between Vecinos and The Hispanic Federation allows us to work deeply in our communities to implement innovative community programs and Vecinos is excited for the positive impact this grant will have on the region.

For more information regarding Vecinos’ work in WNC, please email [email protected].