Arsht-Cannon Fund awards $575,000 to nonprofits serving Latinos

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The Delaware Community Foundation’s Arsht-Cannon Fund continues its work to expand educational opportunities for Delaware’s growing Latino community with nearly $10 million in nonprofit grants over the past 15 years.

Executive Director Dr. Christine Cannon began making targeted grants and partnering with nonprofits in 2007 to build their capacity to serve Latino children and adults with culturally and linguistically accessible programs. relevant. Program funding often supports the development of bilingual leaders and employees, program operations and supplies. Partnerships with and among grantees have fostered learning, collaboration, and success in program implementation and results. Over the past 15 years, many nonprofits have expanded their capabilities to equitably serve their diverse local and national Spanish-speaking communities, improving the lives of all Delawares.

“I am truly honored to partner with nonprofit organizations in Delaware who are doing the very hard work to provide needed and accessible educational programs for our Latino families,” Cannon said. “The Arsht-Cannon Fund has been very proud to stand alongside many outstanding nonprofit organizations over the past 15 years in their efforts to change lives.”

For 2022-2023, grants increasing English and literacy skills for Latino adults and children have been awarded to the following organizations serving Sussex County. The ESL program at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Rehoboth received $28,000 to support director and child care staff positions for this large, multi-level, family-focused, teacher-supported program educated volunteer. Delaware Technical Community College received $5,300, statewide, to support the conference attendance of four ESL teachers involved in revamping language programming to attract and retain more students. English learners.

A grant ensuring equity and access to high-quality education from early childhood through high school has been awarded to the Rodel Foundation’s Delaware Readiness Teams in the amount of $25,000 statewide, to support the work of their Bilingual Hispanic Community Coordinator to engage and prepare young families for kindergarten.

Delmarva Community WellNet’s Agricultural Farming Program in three Sussex County elementary schools with culturally appropriate curricula received $25,000 to cover operating costs. This unique, hands-on educational gardening program at school is aimed at children in kindergarten through eighth grade, with a high level of engagement from Latino students and parent volunteers.

The Rehoboth Art League Arts Outreach Program in Georgetown received $3,000 to support arts education staff and program supplies for children in the La Casita afterschool program.

Connecting Generations’ Creative Mentoring for Latino Families received $10,000 statewide to recruit Latino and/or bilingual adult and high school creative mentors to expand access to social-emotional learning and support essential.

Leading Youth Through Empowerment received $50,000 statewide to support their position as Latino Bilingual Manager of Middle School Programming. The program builds a strong pipeline of Latino students to prepare for high school admission with strong academic programs. Support continues throughout the college admissions process.

The Plaza Delaware, through the Greater Lewes Foundation as tax agent in Sussex County, received $100,000. The funds will be used to hire executives and develop leadership personnel to strengthen the infrastructure of the young and growing Latin American business community through business education and financial empowerment. The newly hired staff will facilitate the continued formation and growth of the Delaware Alliance of Latino Entrepreneurs.

Amanecer Counseling and Resource Center’s Strengthening the Continuum of Care Initiative received $50,000 to support statewide operation and bilingual staffing to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce.

Delaware’s Hispanic Services Initiative Program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness received $25,000 to support two full-time bilingual multicultural engagement coordinators, expanding their bilingual volunteer recruitment services and providing educational and support programs through peers in Spanish. Their work has consistently addressed stigma as well as cultural and language barriers that reduce Latinos’ access to mental illness education, support, and resources.

The Down Syndrome Association of Delaware’s Bilingual Education and Outreach Program received $20,000 to hire a bilingual program and outreach coordinator to adapt and deliver its bilingual and culturally appropriate programs to approximately 150 Latin American families statewide who are affected by Down syndrome. The new program will eventually include parent socials, age group play dates, summer camps, educational support and on-the-job training.

La Colectiva de Delaware de La Esperanza Scholarship Sponsorship has received $25,000 to develop and pilot a collaborative project that benefits the education of young Latinos in Sussex County beginning with a short-term scholarship. (An additional $12,000 has been approved for project implementation for 2023 subject to successful development of the collaborative project.)

The annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Milton Library received $2,400 each to cover performances, presentations, demonstrations, craft supplies, story walks, food, publicity and impression.

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