A new non-profit is helping elevate the voices of Prince William Latinos.
Jose Guallar, a representative for Hispanic Organization for Leadership & Action (HOLA), spoke at the Prince William Chamber of Commerce’s Education and Innovation Committee.
The meeting was held earlier this month at the Prince William Chamber of Commerce in Manassas.
HOLA, a Woodbridge-based non-profit, aims to engage and empower members of the Hispanic community.
“HOLA wants to be like a bridge for the Latino community. The latino community has needs to resolve and HOLA — through education, leadership and civic engagement — wants to make a more independent and civilized people in the community,” Guallar said.
Access to higher education, jobs and housing are a few of the community’s needs.
HOLA seeks to build civic engagement and serve as an advocate for Latinos.
The non-profit also focuses on educating community members by developing and coordinating workshops on various topics, such as eating healthy and CPR.
Since its foundation last year, HOLA has begun building relationships with other organizations in the community, including New Horizon and the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE).
“Not only that, HOLA is participating in work groups, so helping to make decisions to help the community,” Guallar said.
During the next three years, the organization plans become more sustainable, develop leadership in the Hispanic community, and create positive change.
Those interested in getting involved can donate, volunteer at events, or apply to serve on HOLA’s Board of Directors.