Our mission is to foster intercultural understanding and to empower Hispanics to overcome the challenges they face and make their voices heard in the community.
The Hispanic Liaison/El Vínculo Hispano (EVH) has been a trusted civic institution for over 21 years. In 1995, a Latina immigrant founded EVH. We were one of the first Latinx1 non-profit organizations to form in North Carolina to address the unique needs of a growing Hispanic community.
Our positive impact is visible and tangible. We have helped thousands of adults, youth and children adjust to life in the U.S., access the services they needed to succeed, and affirm their rights. We serve as a bridge between the Hispanic community and non-profits, government agencies and law enforcement. Regularly, we help between 2,000 and 5,000 individuals per year.
We have also helped dozens of non-profit and governmental agencies to respond to the needs of the Hispanic community by learning about Hispanic issues and culture, and revising policies or procedures that may prevent Hispanics from accessing services.
In the spring of 2016, we conducted a Hispanic Community Needs Assessment in partnership with the Latino Migration Project at UNC-Chapel Hill. This process offered an opportunity for 160 community members and 20 organizations to share their feedback and ideas about the future of EVH and was our guide in setting goals and priorities. Although we cannot meet all of the community needs identified, we are working diligently to grow the organization and implement new programs.
We envision EVH as a strong, community-centered organization grounded in Hispanic culture. We commit to being transparent and accountable to our community, volunteers, partners, donors, allies and supporters. We believe that social change is best achieved through collaboration, community empowerment and civic engagement.
Our goals are to:
- Increase access to services and opportunities, individually and collectively
- Protect and advance the rights of immigrants and the Hispanic community
- Foment civic participation and community engagement
- Promote an equitable, just and inclusive society for all
EVH is committed to diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religious beliefs, disability, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Our service area is the Rural Central Piedmont Region of North Carolina, including Chatham, Alamance, Randolph, and Lee counties. Our principal office is in Siler City, where there are approximately 5,000 Latinxs representing 50% of the town’s population. Our goal for the future is to expand our presence within Chatham and surrounding counties via satellite offices at partner organizations.