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Latino Social Service Organizations

Latino Community Organizations in Iowa

The following non-profit organizations provide direct services and resources to the Latino community in Iowa. This is for informational purposes only, and it is not an endorsement of the organizations listed. If you have an organization to add, please contact us.

Council BluffsDes MoinesDubuqueHamptonMuscatinePerryQuad CitiesSioux CityStorm LakeWashingtonWest LibertySTATEWIDE

CITYORGANIZATIONSERVICES

CONTACT PERSON &

EMAIL ADDRESS

PHONE NUMBER

Council Bluffs

Centro Latino of Iowa

  • Adult Education

  • Civic Engagement & Leadership

  • Cultural Education

  • Family Support Services

  • Immigration Legal Services

  • Interpreting & Translation Services

Ramon Calzada

director@sucentrolatino.com 

Facebook Page

(712) 256-6009

Des Moines

Al Exito

Al Éxito provides programming that builds the leadership potential of Latino/a youth through college preparation, career development, civic engagement, family support, and celebration of culture.

Dawn Oropeza

dawn@alexitoiowa.org 

(515) 480-0904

Des Moines

Hispanic Educational Resources

Conmigo Early Educational Center

http://www.conmigoearlyed.org/ 

(515) 242-0225

Des Moines

Knock and Drop Iowa 

Knock and Drop Iowa is a non-profit organization designed to bridge the gap between the underserved and disadvantaged in our community with the resources available.

Zuli Garcia

zuli@knockanddropiowa.org

515-443-6349

Des Moines

Latina Leadership Initiative

LLI uses a unique curriculum developed by the founders that infuses traditional leadership development training with three unique areas of focus:

  • Gender

  • Culture

  • Local impact

Fabiola Schirrmeister

latinaleadershipinitiativegdm@gmail.com 

(515) 661-7122

Des Moines

Latino Center of Iowa

The Latino Center of Iowa “The Latino Center” is a physical space where the Latino community can unite, develop leadership, and share its culture and history.

http://www.latinocenterofiowa.org

(515) 635-4134

Des Moines

Latino Heritage Festival, Latino Resources 

Latino Resources, Inc. is a non-profit entity that was developed to serve as the umbrella to the Latino Heritage Festival. The goals of Latino Resources, Inc. are to develop an event that will flourish and grow throughout the years to become a family tradition, similar to that within other Latino communities all over the country, but with a flare unique to Des Moines, Iowa. 

Goals for the Latino Heritage Festival:

  • Provide the public with a family oriented event filled with learning through music, dance, food, children’s activities, arts and cultural exhibits from various Central and South American countries.

  • To emphasize the uniqueness of our culture by demonstrating that we are a diversity within a diversity in the Latino community.

  • To create a venue to showcase Iowa-based performers, artisans, cultural craftsmen and artifact producers.

  • Through distinct activities and exhibits, educate the youth to a better understanding of the Latino culture and to teach them tolerance and appreciation of diversity

https://www.latinoheritagefestival.org/

Des Moines

Latinos Unidos of Iowa

  • Community-sponsored scholarship programs for Latinos who seek higher education

  • Resource fairs that familiarize Latinos with employers and those that make a diverse workforce part of their mission

  • A forum that addresses the issues faced by Hispanics & Latinos in Iowa & that promotes a positive image for people of Latin American origin

Lena Robinson

iowalatina12@live.com

(515)979-0770

Des Moines

Latinx Immigrants of Iowa 

Advocate for the rights of Latin Immigrants of Iowa and empowering the community through civic engagement, education, and resources while promoting leadership and empowerment.

Jose Alvadaro, Executive Director

info@latinximmigrantsofiowa.org

515-421-6773

Des Moines

LUNA

  • Domestic Violence Crisis Counseling & Advocacy

  • Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling & Advocacy

  • Violence Prevention Services

  • 24/7 Crisis Line: 1-866-256-7668

Melissa Cano Zelaya

melissa@lunaiowa.org 

(515) 271-5060

Des Moines

Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival

The Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival is a program of the Latino Arts Initiative, a 501C3 dedicated to Latinos in the arts. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales is awarded to local nonprofit organizations. 

https://www.warrenmorrowmusicfest.com/about/

Dubuque

Latino Empowerment And Development (L.E.A.D.)

Esta es una página de información para los latinos que viven en Northeast Iowa.

El propósito es informar, ayudar y apoyar a la comunidad dando a conocer recursos, oportunidades e información que haya en su comunidad para seguir progresando en este país

latinoleadiowa@gmail.com

Call, texto or WhatsApp: (563) 265-1586

https://latinoleadiowa.org

Facebook

(563) 265-1586

Hampton

La Luz Hispana

  • ​Citizenship Tutors

  • English Classes

  • ​Interpretation & Translation Services

  • Public ​Notary

  • Referrals to Social Services

Claudia Rivera

Laluzdirector@gmail.com 

(641) 812-1090

Muscatine

Diversity Service Center of Iowa

Educational Outreach Program

  • Consultations on Immigration issues

  • Immigration case investigations

  • Provide and prepare all immigration forms

  • Employer seminars, training and workshops on diversity

Senior Program

  • Biweekly authentic Hispanic Meal Site

  • Case Management

  • Home Visits

  • Liaison with other agencies such as:

Department of Human Services

Social Security Administration

Community Action

Muscatine County Services

Rosa Mendoza

multirosa@hotmail.com

(563) 264-8883

Muscatine

Muscatine County Boxing Club (MCBC)

The Muscatine County Boxing objectives for our organization are to promote and develop boxing for the benefit of amateur boxers of all ages and abilities in accordance with the standards of USA Boxing. The Muscatine County Boxing is a non- profit organization which promotes and supports activities that young people can participate in, which serves the community as a whole.

Muscatine County Boxing Club offers a positive, disciplined, and constructive boxing environment. The main goal of our boxing club is to provide guidance and counseling within a sport that teaches self-discipline and growth. Yet also to be champions and victorious in all aspects of life.

The Muscatine County Boxing is providing the tools necessary to learn and train in the sport to all the cities in the Muscatine County – West Liberty, Wilton, Conesville, Atalissa, Muscatine, Fruitland, Nichols, and Stockton.

Santos Saucedo

ssaucedo@muscatineiowa.gov 

(563) 554-9202

Perry

Hispanic United for Perry (HUP)

COVID-19 information and resources.

Informacion relacionada al COVID-19 y recursos disponibles

hupperryiowa@gmail.com

Quad Cities

Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Their mission is to support, promote and enhance the growth and success of our local businesses and to leverage the community's assets, contributions and unique Hispanic Cultural identity to generate new business.

Programs:

Zenaida Landeros

Zenaida@gqchcc.com

(563) 214-5160

Sioux City

Mary J. Treglia Community House 

  • Citizenship Classes

  • Community Garden

  • English Classes

  • Family Services

  • Immigration Legal Services

  • Interpretation & Translation Services

  • Preschool

director@marytreglia.org 

(712) 258-5137

Storm Lake

SALUD

SALUD! envisions a Storm Lake community that values diverse leadership as essential to achieving equitable opportunities for the health and well-being of all.

We achieve this by advancing equity in health and well-being through:

  • Holding spaces for authentic dialogue.

  • Inviting community members to co-create and shape responses to community needs.

  • Empowering compassionate leaders that mirror the diversity of Storm Lake.

salud.of.stormlake@gmail.com

Washington

Latinos for Washington

  • Community Outreach 

  • Education

latinosforwashingtoninc@gmail.com(319) 214-0502

West Liberty

Youth Dream Catchers

THE DREAM CATCHERS SCHOLARSHIP

  • Five students are selected from a pool of third grad applicants who are on the free or reduced lunch program and who are the first generation in their family who aspire to attend college. The scholarship allows these children and their parents to prepare for a future where higher education and the possibilities it provides is a reality.

  • To receive a college scholarship, the five students from each year must graduate from West Liberty High School fulfilling all graduation requirements and participate in the Dream Catchers Mentor Program from grades three through twelve. Enrollment in the University of Iowa Upward Bound program in grades 9 – 12 further prepares Dream Catchers for success in college.

THE DREAM CATCHERS INDIVIDUAL MENTORING PROGRAM

  • This program is for students selected for the Dream Catcher scholarships. An individual mentor meets with each Dream Catcher once a week. Mentors are successful people who have a desire to work with children and a commitment to make a difference. Contact with the school and teachers enhance mentor’s abilities to help Dream Catchers with their academic success.

​THE DREAM CATCHERS GROUP MENTORING PROGRAM

  • Group mentoring is open to all West Liberty students. In group mentoring meetings, students meet with guest speakers and go on field trips which open their eyes to new opportunities. The Dream Catcher Group Mentoring Program is designed to give children a greater range of experiences and career goals that include higher education.

https://www.westlibertydreamcatchers.org/

STATEWIDE

LULAC Iowa

The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

Nick Salazar

nicksalazar62@gmail.com  

800-293-9576

STATEWIDE

Sigma Lambda Beta

The largest Latino-based social fraternity established on cultural understanding and wisdom. Founded on April 4, 1986 at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, the organization is committed to create and expand multicultural leadership, promote academic excellence, advance cultural awareness and service while influencing its mission amongst all dedicated collegiate men worldwide. SLB prides itself in its vast multicultural membership as we believe in the fairness, opportunity, and equality of all men without regard to their race, color, or ethnic background.

Xavier Romano, Executive Director

xromano@sigmalambdabeta.com 

(319) 242-7540