PLF pandemic response during 2020
No hay mal que por bien no venga.
The Spanish proverb “no hay mal que por bien no venga” loosely translates as “every cloud has a silver lining.” Passed down from generation to generation, it has provided hope to many in the face of difficult times.
2020 was difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated racial inequities and led to massive job loss, exposed the shortcomings in our healthcare and educational systems, threatened the survival of small businesses, and devastated the public and social sector safety net. Despite these challenges, our community has been resilient and unified, thanks to so many caring individuals and to the Progreso Latino Fund (PLF) that supported:
• Fair Haven Community Health Care Center for emergency food delivery to families.
• Arte Inc. to provide continued enrichment of our children in their Hispanic cultural heritage.
• Junta to help them meet growing demands
• Virtual forums on COVID-19’s impact on Latinos in healthcare, education and the economy.
The Progreso Latino Fund also provides scholarships to Latino youth for higher education opportunities through a grant to the New Haven Scholarship Fund; supports programs that help Latino business owners get loans; lifts local Latino community leaders and helps to amplify their voice through its “Celebrating Latino Leaders” series.
Together with community support, PLF can continue to develop emerging Latino leaders, support programs that provide invaluable direct service to our most vulnerable populations, and strengthen grassroots Latino nonprofits.