Wise Latinas Linked was created to bring together Latinas in the virtual world. We're here to network through Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.
But some of the best Latina groups are those non-profits that exist around the country.These are Latina organizations that are actively involved in the life of Hispanic women and the Latino community.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best in the United States. Each organization offers some of the following programs:
- Latina Leadership: Help Latinas develop leadership skills.
- Economic: Help Latinas achieve economic independence.
- Political: Encourage Latinas to get involved in local and national issues.
- Health: Promote and educate Latinas on health issues that affect them.
- Youth Projects: Offer students’ academic and financial support.
- Educational: Promote and assist in the educational goals of Latinas at all levels.
According to its website, Latinas Unidas is dedicated to uniting Latina women from different segments of the Greater Rochester Community who share common concerns and interests affecting women.
MUJERES LATINAS EN ACCION—Chicago, IL
Mujeres Latinas en Acción empowers Latinas through providing services which reflect their values and culture and being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives
Here's a story done by the local ABC affiliate in Chicago.
MANA: A National Latina Organization---Chapters in 7 states
MANA, A National Latina Organization, is a nonprofit, advocacy organization established in 1974. It's mission is to empower Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy.
HISPANIC WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION OF ARKANSAS
The Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas (HWOA) is a non-profit organization founded in July 1999. The group addresses the needs of a growing Hispanic population in Northwest Arkansas. Though predominantly Hispanic, HWOA members come from many backgrounds and cultures.
NATIONAL HISPANA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE—National
According to its website: The NHLI is the only national leadership development program in the United States focused on future Latina leaders. http://www.nhli.org/about.htm
HISPANIC WOMEN’S NETWORK OF TEXAS—8 Texas Chapters
According to its website, HWNT: The Hispanic Women's Network of Texas (HWNT) is a state-wide organization of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to promoting the participation of Hispanic women in public, corporate and civic arenas. It formed in 1986.
Here's a story about a scholarship fundraiser by the HWNT Fort Worth Chapter.
HWNT seeks to advance the educational, cultural, social, legal and economic well- being of all women through a broader awareness of their role in society, business and family.
HISPANIC WOMEN'S CORPORATION--National
According to its website: The Hispanic Women's Corporation (HWC) was founded in 1981 as a result of a series of meetings among Latina women. Their diverse backgrounds in corporations, government and educational institutions led to the establishment of the HWC leadership and professional development institutes for women and students. http://www.hispanicwomen.org/
These non-profits can only exist with a strong membership, sponsors and donations. Find these groups in your area and support them. It's another place to network with Latinas.
If you know of other non-profits for Latinas, please share them in the comments below.