Bloomington is home to a strong and diverse Latinx community. There are several resources available that are both specific to this community, and serve to connect it with allies. In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, here are some student-friendly opportunities to connect with members of the Latinx community:
Volunteer with community groups
There are volunteer opportunities through El Centro Comunal Latino, the Bloomington Volunteer Network and the Community and Family Resources Department Latino Outreach Program. El Centro offers resourcessuch as tutoring and translation services and organizes cultural events for the Latino community and its allies, according to Sandy Britton, member of the board of directors.
“It’s rewarding to help others and a great way for non-Latinos to connect with Latinos,” Britton said.
In collaboration with United Way, the program is recruiting volunteers to assist Spanish speaking community members in filing their tax returns for the 2021 tax season. Complimentary training will be provided in late October, according to Josefa Luce, coordinator of the outreach program.