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La Voz (The Voice) is the blog and online news source for La Paz.

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LA PAZ CHATTANOOGA CREATES MONTHLY GIVING MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM

Contact: Lily Sanchez

communications@lapazchattanooga.org

(423) 624-8414

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

LA PAZ CHATTANOOGA CREATES MONTHLY GIVING MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM

 

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- La Paz Chattanooga has created a monthly giving membership program to promote community within their local donor base.

 

The program, titled ‘La Fuente’ meaning ‘the fountain/source’ encourages members to donate to the organization on a monthly basis rather than once a year, in order to create a culture of sustainability for both the membership base as well as the organization.

 

“Our donors are the moving force behind La Paz,” said Stacy Johnson, Executive Director. “We wanted to provide a way for everyone to give, feel the importance of their donation and understand their impact.”

 

Members can choose from a variety of amounts that fund different programs and objectives for the organization to include: networking and professional development opportunities for Latinx entrepreneurs; ESL classes for the community; cultural and language exchange programs; immediate relief supplies such as pantry items and toiletries; and educational materials for community members.

 

Apart from the satisfaction of supporting the mission of La Paz Chattanooga, La Fuente members receive the following benefits:

 

Monthly communication and updates on programs they support

Recognition in La Paz’s annual publication(s) as La Fuente members

Invitations to exclusive donors-only events

A copy of La Paz’s annual Líderes magazine delivered to their door

A welcome package including membership sticker and organization materials

 

For the full list of funding objectives and benefits, visit lapazchattanooga.org/give


 

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La Paz Chattanooga is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee that promotes inclusion through advocacy and education for and on behalf of our Latinx community.

 

Posted: March 26th, 2019 | Permalink

La Paz, Catholic Charities to Provide Immigration Consultation

Contact: Lily Sanchez

communications@lapazchattanooga.org

(423) 624-8414

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

LA PAZ CHATTANOOGA, CATHOLIC CHARITIES PROVIDE

IMMIGRATION CONSULTATIONS

 

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- La Paz Chattanooga, in partnership with Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, is offering low cost immigration screenings and consultations to the Latino immigrant community.

 

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, an attorney representative of Catholic Charities will see individuals at La Paz’s office at 1402 Bailey Ave.

 

The goal of the organizations in providing these services is to ensure everyone in Chattanooga has the opportunity to meet with an immigration attorney, regardless of their ability to pay.

 

The organizations will charge a one-time fee of $20 to individuals, who will be served on a first come, first serve basis.

 

“Through our partnership with Catholic Charities, we aim to offer these low cost services to the community in a trusted location,” said Vivian Lozano-Sterchi, Director of Social Impact at La Paz Chattanooga.

 

La Paz has ongoing partnerships with many local firms, including Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C., Calderin & Oliva, P.A., Lester Law, P.A. and Olivencia & Cribben Law Office as well as the Chattanooga Bar Association.

 

“Apart from the legal assistance that our partners provide, this is an opportunity for our organization to reach another facet of the community,” said Stacy Johnson, Executive Director of La Paz Chattanooga.

 

In an effort to encourage our Latino community to make smart legal decisions, these firms and association support the mission of La Paz to empower them through educational workshops and clinics throughout the year.

 

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La Paz Chattanooga is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee that promotes inclusion through advocacy and education for and on behalf of our Latinx community.

 
Posted: March 7th, 2019 | Permalink

La Paz Chattanooga Joins UnidosUS

Contact: Lily Sanchez

communications@lapazchattanooga.org

(423) 624-8414

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

LA PAZ CHATTANOOGA JOINS UNIDOSUS

 

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- On Feb. 8 La Paz Chattanooga joined UnidosUS as an affiliate member.

 

UnidosUS is the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. They serve the Hispanic population throughout the country through research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as program work in communities nationwide.

 

La Paz Chattanooga is part of a national network of nearly 300 affiliates across the country to serve millions of Latinos in the area of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing.

 

“For decades, the reach and impact of UnidosUS’s work has been made stronger thanks to the work of our Affiliates. These are organizations that share in our mission to broaden opportunities for Latinos across the country. Through our unique partnership, we have successfully advocated for and elevated the voice of our community on critical issues,” said UnidosUS COO Sonia M. Pérez.

 

“We are thrilled to welcome these six new organizations to our national network and we look forward to working together to strengthen their already-powerful contributions to the Latino community.”

 

After 15 years in the community, the staff and board of La Paz Chattanooga felt that the organization was ready to take this step in becoming an affiliate of the organization.

 

We have gleaned so much from interacting with nonprofits, such as Conexión Americas in Nashville and know this relationship will connect us to leaders across the nation working within the Latino population,” said Stacy Johnson, Executive Director of La Paz Chattanooga.

 

Johnson also said that as the organization grows, its leadership needs to think on a larger scale as to how to positively impact Latinos across the country.

 

La Paz Chattanooga is one of six organizations that joined the affiliate network on Feb. 8. Other organizations include Adelante Mujeres, in Forest Grove, Oregon; Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Inc., in Camden, New Jersey; Jamestown Community Center, in San Francisco, California; ORO Development Corporation, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Project Vida Health Center, in El Paso, Texas.

 

La Paz served over 5,000 individuals in 2018, and they anticipate the percentage of Latino and Hispanic individuals in Chattanooga to increase to 20% by 2020.

 

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La Paz Chattanooga is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee that promotes inclusion through advocacy and education for and on behalf of our Latinx community.

 

Posted: February 12th, 2019 | Permalink

La Paz No Longer To Provide Registration Support to HCDE, Will Support Through Other Programming

Contact: Lily Sanchez

lsanchez@lapazchattanooga.org

(423) 624-8414

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

HCDE TAKES OVER SPANISH SCHOOL REGISTRATION, LA PAZ CHATTANOOGA TO PROVIDE SUPPORT THROUGH OTHER PROGRAMMING

 

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- The Hamilton County Department of Education will be in charge of providing the school system with interpreters for their Spanish-speaking students registering for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

The Department of Education made this transition of responsibility with the hiring of Maricela ‘Mardi’ Leonard, the District Interpreter for the county.

 

Leonard’s focus is to provide supplemental language support to the district for the Spanish-speaking community, which makes up approximately 15% of Chattanooga’s current population.

 

In past years, La Paz Chattanooga has served the district by providing nearly 100 volunteers each year to assist in school registration for Hispanic/Latino families.

 

“Dr. [Marsha] Drake will be releasing detailed information about how the district supports non-English speaking parents/families with our Spring registration information packet and Press Releases. We sincerely appreciate the support that La Paz has provided to Hamilton County Schools over the past several years,” said Dr. Julie Legg, Director of ESOL, RTI2, and World Language Programs for HCDE.

 

Based on a 2013 report by HCDE, the district is the fifth largest ESOL district after Davidson, Rutherford, Knox counties and Memphis City schools.

 

“We will continue to serve the Latino/Hispanic student population in Hamilton County in other capacities throughout the school year. We are very happy with the district’s decision to increase their ESOL-serving capacity, and congratulate them on this next step,” said Stacy Johnson, Executive Director of La Paz Chattanooga.

 

La Paz encourages past volunteers to continue their service to our student population by serving with the district on their official registration day, however the organization will host an unofficial school registration event before the 2019-2020 school year begins.

 

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La Paz Chattanooga is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee that promotes inclusion through advocacy and education for and on behalf of our Latinx community.

 
Posted: February 6th, 2019 | Permalink

LA PAZ TO PUBLISH SPANISH RESOURCE GUIDE FOR LATINX COMMUNITY

Contact: Lily Sanchez

lsanchez@lapazchattanooga.org

(423) 624-8414

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

LA PAZ TO PUBLISH SPANISH RESOURCE GUIDE FOR LATINX COMMUNITY

 

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- La Paz Chattanooga, under the Business Development department, Compañía, will publish a Spanish language resource guide for Latinx and Hispanic community members in late April.

 

The resource guide, titled ‘Descubre’ will be a catch-all reference manual for agencies and information relevant to the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County.

 

The guide will include information on municipal services, local attractions, and nonprofit organizations, as well as churches and schools.

 

In previous years, a Spanish-language resource guide had been published under the since-dissolved Noticias Libres, a subsidiary of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

 

Our community has seen a great growth of the Latino population and we have been working with families, business owners, professionals and students who need many different resources.

Compania is working on publishing a Resource and informational guide entirely in Spanish that will offer great tools for the community in Chattanooga and Hamilton County,” says Angela Garcia, Director of Marketing and Business Development for La Paz Chattanooga.

 

Local businesses and agencies will have opportunities to purchase advertisement in the publication, which will have a footprint of over 5,000 throughout the Chattanooga/Hamilton County area. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those who wish to feature a large amount of information and advertisement in the publication.

 

Full page, half page, and quarter page advertisement is available. The sponsorship opportunity includes a full page ad and two pages of advertorial content, also featuring a logo placement on the cover page.

 

The publication will published on April 25 and will be distributed to local institutions with a high volume of Latino and Hispanic constituency.

 

The resource guide serves as a directory of services for the Latinx community residing in the area.

 

To purchase an ad or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Angela Garcia at agarcia@lapazchattanooga.org or call La Paz at (423) 624-8414.

 

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La Paz Chattanooga is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee that seeks to promote inclusion through advocacy and education for and on behalf of our Latinx community.

 
Posted: January 30th, 2019 | Permalink