Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Congreso Familia – it’s Hispanic Heritage Month!  

We’re honoring the culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans all month long as we continue to highlight Latina staff, share Latino centered resources, and conclude the celebration with our 'Congreso Celebra’ virtual fundraiser on October 15th! 

We invite you to join us as we recognize extraordinary Congreso staff, local Latinx honorees, and celebrate our impactful work through COVID-19. Tickets are now available! 


Feria del Barrio - a Celebration from Home!


Missed the virtual celebration? The event is now available on Facebook to stream: 

The 36th Feria del Barrio took place on Sunday, September 20th. While the event was hosted through Facebook Live, the fiesta did not disappoint! Gracias for all who tuned in virtually! 

Congreso is also proud to announce that our Health Center team was highlighted for going above and beyond during COVID-19 for their community work. The segment included External Affairs Director Julia Rivera, Director of Primary Care Judy Emmons, and members of her team as they spoke on their experience providing critical services to our community during a pandemic. 

A special gracias to our community partners Taller Puertorriqueño, APM, HACE, and Raices Culturales for another successful year! 


Civic Engagement

PHAN Webinars

With the 2020 Census originally scheduled to conclude on September 30th, Congreso teamed up with Philadelphia Health Access Network and representatives from the US Census Bureau to host bilingual Facebook Live webinars to inform our community about the latest updates and the importance of completing the census!  

Philly Counts Phone Banking

Congreso and Philly Counts also partnered for a Latino Phone Bank on September 24th! Congreso staff and local volunteers made calls to Spanish-speaking residents across Philadelphia to encourage them to get counted!

Become #VoteReady

Register to vote or check your registration status! The deadline to register is 10/19: seventy.org

Information on deadlines and voting options in Philadelphia: philadelphiavotes.com

General PA voting info and FAQS: votespa.com

Congreso Offers Election Day as Paid Day Off

We are thrilled to share Congreso will be offering Election Day as a paid day off for all staff! Voting is a fundamental right and we want to ensure that every Congress employee has the opportunity to exercise that right. 


Corporate Spotlight: Aramark

Aramark Building Community Day 2020 was on September 17th and although we couldn’t physically be with our Aramark familia, we’re grateful for their continued partnership and support for local communities and organizations.  

We’d also like to give them a special gracias for their latest contribution: 200 PPE kits for Congreso! 


Congreso's Family Empowerment Center & Healthy Americas hold Book Drop-off

Before the pandemic, the Family Empowerment Center (FEC) had an ongoing project with Healthy Americas Foundation called “Comfy Cozy Space.” This hub, located on our first floor, was specifically designed for young children and families that included storybooks, coloring books, and videos, which reinforced children’s self-confidence and provided supportive coping strategies. 

Unfortunately, after setting up our Comfy Cozy Space in full gear, COVID-19 hit. While this prevented our families from enjoying these resources, our FEC team decided to bring the Comfy Cozy Space to their front doors in the form of a book drop-off! 

“We did this initiative through a book drop-off. 45 Families signed up through our automated chat system and let us know how many children they had. The packages were filled with bilingual books, crayons, coloring activities, and snacks. We even included masks and gloves!” said Monica Puga, Family Support Specialist. 

Gracias to Healthy Americas for your support and felicidades to the FEC team for their awesome work! 


Family Empowerment Center and Santander Present Budgeting Workshop

On September 24th, Congreso’s FEC team also partnered with Santander Bank to present a “Manage Your Money” workshop to FEC clients! 

Participants shared their long-term and short-term fiscal goals with Santander representatives, discussed how important it is to track where your money goes, and how to create a spending plan! 

“Creating a spending plan is a habit you should do monthly, even weekly!” said Santander Branch Manager John Rahe.  

Gracias to Santander and to the Family Empowerment Center team for providing this beneficial workshop for our families during a challenging time! 


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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216 W. Somerset St. | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19133
215-763-8870 | info@congreso.net