OUR HISTORY

On August 14, 1980 two Latino teens were shot by two Longmont Police Officers.  The community was outraged, and no voices were heard louder in their demands for justice than that of the Hispanic community.  El Comité was formed by the Latino people of Longmont.   This grassroots effort was driven to bring advocacy to Longmont’s Latino population.  Latino community member’s spear headed this movement.  They helped start a fund for the young men’s family and helped organize a candlelit vigil and march to Longmont’s City Council.  The protesters arrived with one thousand (1,000) names on a petition and let it be known that relations between the police and the public needed to be reformed.   Latino community leaders began work with the Department of Justice to advocate for the rights of Latinos and improve community relations with local law enforcement and the community at large.    El Comité became incorporated on November 26, 1980.

INCLUSIVENESS

The diversity of El Comité’s clients is representative of Longmont’s changing community.  Dozens of different countries are represented and many different languages.   Whereas, some immigrants quickly assimilate and need little help in the form of assistance and services, a great many of them, at one time or another, need an advocate who can help them overcome adversity.   The need for El Comité’s services isn’t going away.  El Comité continually strives to be inclusive in all areas of operation; program, Board of Directors and staff.   El Comité offers services to a diverse Latino and non-Latino population regardless of ethnic or socioeconomic status.  The Boards focus is to establish a culture of inclusiveness with is respectful of our community.   English/Spanish translation is provided at all programs that El Comité provides and those they co-sponsor.   Program locations are selected for accessibility for elders and people with physical disabilities.


VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers enable our staff to accomplish their goals.  More than eighty (80) volunteers contribute their time to El Comité each year. They assist with office maintenance, data entry, and special events.  About 25 volunteers are trained to assist with the Citizenship Processing Day’s.  Program volunteers range from 15 to over 60 years.  Many are bilingual.  In addition, many community members do their community service at the office.

 

 

 

OUR GOALS:

GOAL 1: To Improve Education Opportunities

  • Providing ESL (English as a Second Language) Classes
  • Providing Citizenship Processing Days
  • Providing Citizenship Test Preparation classes
  • Providing Family Learning Sessions

GOAL 2:  To Increase Self-Sufficiency

  • Providing Case Management Services
  • Partnering with attorneys that offer pro-bono or low-cost consultations
  • Collaborating with community agencies/businesses
  • Providing Translation Services
  • Providing Notary Services

GOAL 3:  To Be a Community Bridge Builder

  • Advocating for laws and initiatives that promote social justice and equality
  • Improve Communication and Understanding within the Community
  • Hosting Cultural Celebrations for the community