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Hispanic Heritage Month

Extended Through October 31st


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Nonprofits We Are Supporting

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Esperanza United

Formerly Casa de Esperanza,  Esperanza United mobilizes Latinas and Latin@ communities to end gender-based violence. Formerly Casa de Esperanza, Esperanza United was founded in 1982 by a small group of persevering Latinas as an emergency shelter in St. Paul, Minnesota. Our work is grounded in community strengths and wisdom, as we serve Latin@s locally and nationwide. Our programming spans the continuum of intervention and prevention, from family advocacy to policy and research. 

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The Latino Economic Development Center’s (LEDC) mission is to create economic opportunity for Latinos by fostering entrepreneurship growth, workforce advancement, education opportunities, and supporting business development as a vehicle for reducing social and economic disparities.

LEDC is Latino-led and the only Latino-focused community development financial institution (CDFI) in the region. During the pandemic we have served as an emergency funding and resource hub for the BIPOC community.

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We are Latinx leaders across all sectors who join together to create innovative strategies to drive and define policies and perceptions that advance Latino collective influence, success and power.

Events this Month

Virtual Charity Fair & Kick-off

Join us for a virtual opportunity to meet the charities we are supporting this month. You can learn about their important work, their programs & services as well as any volunteer needs they have.  This is a 60-minute Zoom session including a Q&A session to ask any questions that you may have. 

Webinar: Latin@ Realities and Gender-based Violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) affects all communities, including the Latin@ community. In fact, research indicates that about one in three Latinas will experience GBV in her lifetime. For nearly 40 years, Esperanza United has served and supported Latin@ survivors of GBV in culturally relevant ways. This session will review how utilizing a Latina-based advocacy framework and building on the communities’ strengths, cultural assets, and leadership, create conditions and solutions for thriving.  Esperanza United President and CEO, Patti Tototzintle, will also share how we can all be a resource and support survivors more effectively. 

VOLUNTEERING: LEDC's Annual Golf Tournament

September 27


Central Time

Volunteer for a 3-hour shift at the golf tournament!  Help is needed with registration, water to golfers, food to golfers, the golfers dinner and silent auction.  Most of the volunteer opportunities are OUTSIDE and allow for social distancing. There are a few shifts that are indoors, but you can request not to have an indoor shift.  The 3-hour shift is from 9am to 6pm.

Location: Heritage Links Golf Club, Lakeville

Webinar: Minnesotana: Being a Latina in Minnesota

Oct 13th

Event Recording


For Hispanic Heritage Month, join us for a lively panel conversation on what it means to be Minnesotana, or a Latina living in Minnesota. Several staff members from the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) will share their unique perspectives on the Latino/Latina experience in Minnesota as well as similarities and dissimilarities to their white neighbors. We want this to be conversational so questions and comments are encouraged!

Webinar: The Power of Latino Leadership

Oct 20th

Event Recording



We know that our Latinx community is not a monolithic one. We come from various countries, experiences, and immigration stories. So, what does it take to lead in an authentic way as a Latino in the United States? How does our culture support our growth and how might it hinder it? And, what can leaders of all cultures and ethnicities learn from how our community leads?

Based on her personal experience as well as research about Latino leadership, Irma Marquez Trapero, will share with us about her own leadership journey and offer a few principles that guide Latino leaders to success!

Fundraiser: Virtual Run & Ride-A-Thon!

Oct 15th - 31st

*Now extended through the end of the month!*

NOTE: Coloplast has an anonymous donor who will MATCH every mile, lap, etc!


The third and final event for Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month will be a virtual Run and Ride A Thon on Friday 10/15. We’ll all lace up our sneakers or clip into our bikes to raise money for our selected Latinx led community-based organizations! Follow these 3 easy steps to participate in the challenge:

Step 1: Pledge a certain number of miles or laps to run, ride, walk or swim on Friday, October 15th (the last day of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month). Click here to fill out pledge:

Step 2: Make a donation of any amount at Coloplast UNITED Hispanic Heritage Campaign Site:

Step 3: Forward a copy of your donation to Zahir (


Support These Charities

Our Campaign Goal = $10,000.00

Raised so far: $3,768.90

Updated Daily M-F  |  Last Update on November 1, 2021 at 8:30am CST