Local Chamber Provides Support to Hispanic NeighborsOctober 18, 2017Contact: Michael Jackaman
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Local Chamber Provides Support to Hispanic Neighbors
CINCINNATI (Oct 18, 2017) — The Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA (HCCUSA) concludes Hispanic Heritage Month by sending much needed economic support to struggling communities in Mexico and Puerto Rico.
The Board of Directors at HCCUSA voted unanimously to contribute relief efforts to our neighbors in Mexico and Puerto Rico. According to the United States Census Bureau, Hispanics comprise nearly 57 million people or almost 18% of our nation's population.
"Many Hispanic families in Cincinnati have loved ones who were directly impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico City," stated Alfonso Cornejo, president of HCCUSA. "They mourn relatives who died and family members who lost everything. We took action to help our neighbors," added Cornejo.
The HCCUSA launched a campaign to raise funds which totaled $9,023.34. Approximately 75% of these donations were in the amount of $20 or less. "This makes us very proud of our small but mighty community," said Cornejo. Additionally the board of directors at HCCUSA approved a 50% match of funds raised by the campaign to show their support; uniting in solidarity. This brings the grand total for relief and rebuilding efforts to $13,535.
Through the Cincinnati Red Cross organization, the HCCUSA will deliver two checks to be wired to Red Cross organizations in Mexico ($5,935) and Puerto Rico ($7,600). We are grateful to all who contributed and ask for continued prayers for the victims of these devastating natural disasters.