Hispanic Heritage Month concludes with Virtual Fundraiser

On October 15th, Congreso closed Hispanic Heritage Month with a virtual fundraising event, ‘Congreso Celebra’, where we recognized extraordinary staff, honored contributors to Philadelphia’s Latino community, and showcased our impact during the COVID-19 pandemic! 

Adaptability was the theme throughout Congreso Celebra, and also serves as a core value at Congreso– “we rely on the resilience and resourcefulness of our employees, clients, and community to adjust to changing conditions while maintaining our commitment to meaningful outcomes.” This year we’ve seen this value come to life in our day-to-day work like never before. 

We were honored to recognize and celebrate our amazing 2020 Congreso Champions: 

Corporate Champion 

Gregory Gutierrez, CHIP Community Outreach Coordinator at 

Independence Blue Cross 

Community Champion 

Ana Martinez-Donate, Professor of Community Health & Prevention 

 and Director of Dornslife School of Public Health at Drexel 

Congreso Staff Adaptability Champions 

Luz Vazquez, Medical Assistant  

Tom Dowd, Director of Property Management 

Kim Cromer, Manager of Workforce Development Initiatives 

Brendi Lopez, Manager of Housing Services 

A special gracias to our sponsors Exude, Stradley Ronon, and Independence Blue Cross! We are grateful for everyone’s continued support during these challenging times! 


President & CEO Carolina DiGiorgio honored as an Al Dia Hispanic Heritage Month Honoree

Felicidades to our President & CEO Carolina DiGiorgio for being selected as an Al Dia 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Honoree! As part of their Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, Al Dia released five publications dedicated to archetypes in Business, Non-Profit, Health, Education, and Public Service, with Carolina being chosen as the non-profit archetype. 

Congratulations, Carolina, on this well-deserved recognition! Pa’lante!  

Hear her story on immigrating to the United States, how her ties with Congreso began, and how she’s helped Congreso reach new heights below. 


Preparing for Flu Season!

Congreso hosted two weekends of walk up flu clinics on October 9th & 10th and October 23rd & 24th to help prepare community members for the upcoming flu season! Overall, more than 125 flu shots were given! No health insurance was required to be seen. 

Our Congreso Familia also had the opportunity to get onsite COVID testing through Vybe, Gateway Health information, and bilingual voting and election resources! We also had a special visit from Representative Danilo Burgos! 


Congreso Celebrates Domestic Violence Awareness Month


On October 22nd, Congreso's Latina Domestic Violence Program (LDVP) joined the city to help #PaintPhillyPurple by wearing their best purple attire. Staff even got their furry friends to participate!

Webinar and Social Media Efforts

In addition, Congreso's LDVP will be hosting a one-time workshop for professionals who work with children & families impacted by domestic violence on November 18th. Personal stories, teen dating violence resources, and information about the city's DV hotline were also shared across social media channels. Click here to register for the workshop.

We'd like to give a special gracias to Women Against Abuse, Women in Transition, Lutheran Settlement House, and the City of Philadelphia for a succesful #DVAM2020.


Congreso participates in Virtual Philly AIDS Walk

The 2020 Philly AIDS walk went virtual on October 18th and Congreso once again participated in this city-wide event! This year, walkers were invited to raise awareness by going the 5K distance in their own neighbor-hoods. Congreso’s Esfuerzo team also raised over $300 dollars! Way to go!  

Pictured on the right is our President & CEO Carolina DiGiorgio and her family getting ready for their 5K walk.


Congreso and PNC offer Borrowing Basics Workshop

This month, Congreso partnered with PNC bank to bring Congreso's Human Services Pathway program clients a "Borrowing Basics" workshop! Clients learned all about important credit terms, identified different types of loans, and were able to talk to PNC representatives Tom Walsh and Eileen Wood for a Q&A at the conclusion of the webinar. Gracias for spending time with us and helping our community with vital financial information during these difficult times!


About Us

Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1977 with a mission to enable individuals and families in predominantly Latino neighborhoods to achieve economic self-sufficiency and well-being. To learn more about our programs, check out our impact, or read about our leadership and advisory councils, click below!

Congreso relies on the support of generous individuals, foundations and corporate partners who support our mission. Your contribution helps us continue to provide innovative programming while growing our influence as an outcomes measurement thought leader.

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