‘Unidos en Compasión:’ Blessing the Chattanooga Latino Community
Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Unidos en Compasión is one such group.
Unidos en Compasión“, a new giving circle at The Generosity Trust, is committed to blessing those in need in Latino communities throughout the Chattanooga area.
Cultivating generosity and compassion, members of Unidos en Compasión identify critical needs and help meet those needs through grants to area non-profits and church benevolence programs serving Latinos throughout Hamilton County and adjacent communities.
“More than anything, what inspired me to be a part of this group was a response to the generosity of our God,” said Eduardo Centurion, a member of Unidos and a Program Officer at The Maclellan Foundation.
“The dream of this fund is to reach out to churches, businesses, and Christians here in Chattanooga to encourage support of the local Latino community,” he said.
According to Eduardo, the city of Chattanooga has a fast-growing Latino population, ranking among the top 15 cities in the country. In 2014, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that the local Hispanic population in the area nearly tripled between 2000 and 2010.
“The biggest needs we’ve identified are those without transportation and people who have been left without work and need to pay their bills,” said Izzette Torres, another Unidos member.
“They’re immigrants who don’t have the resources or a vehicle to drive, unlike other folks who have been here for many years,” said Gus Hernandez, Local Missions and Outreach Pastor at Silverdale Baptist Church and a Unidos member.
Giving Circles are people united by a shared vision who pool their funds to provide a more significant impact.
“A Giving Circle is a community of transformation,” said Maria Matthews, Director of Generosity and Donor Relations at TGT. “We’re bringing people together who will identify needs and provide a solution.”
Members of Unidos en Compasión commit to giving $600 per year or $50 per month. Businesses, churches, and individuals are all invited to join this Kingdom effort.
“I feel like God is telling us, ‘Well done,’” said Pastor Gus.
To support Unidos en Compasión, click here.
To learn about Unidos en Compasión and other Giving Circles at The Generosity Trust, visit thegenerositytrust.org/local-initiatives.
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