This week, NALCAB member organization Latino Leadership, Inc. (LLI) was deeply impacted by the mass shooting in Orlando. More than 70 percent of those that lost their lives in the mass shooting were Latino and, sadly, LLI staff and Board members had a variety of personal and professional connections to families that were impacted. Since the first day, LLI has been fielding calls from families and have already begun to organize legal assistance and financial support for families. LLI has posted a statement of support for the victims and their families which explicitly embraces the LGBT community. NALCAB joins our familia at LLI in expressing our condolences to those who were affected by this act of hate.
NALCAB has a long term relationship with Latino Leadership, Inc. (LLI), a member organization that is now led by a graduate of the first NALCAB Fellowship class. We are proud of their work and we feel compelled to support them. It is important that we support LLI in a way that is consistent with who we are and what we do. We see the opportunity to respond to this tragedy and support the organizational development of our member organization by assisting them in starting a modest loan fund, the One Pulse Community Fund – initially targeted to meet the emergency needs of families affected by the mass shooting. NALCAB will use general operating funds to make an unsecured, no-interest loan of $10,000 to LLI, so that LLI can in turn make interest-free loans to support families immediately and help them to bridge the financial burdens associated with funeral and medical expenses and a wide range of other costs that are resulting from this terrible circumstance. We will provide LLI with technical assistance in launching and operating the fund and we will support them in raising additional dollars to grow the fund and cover operating costs. After the immediate needs of the families are addressed, we hope that this fund will represent an enduring investment in LLI's support for LGBTQ members of their community and in the organization itself.
We invite you to join NALCAB in supporting Latino Leadership, Inc. and the community of Orlando by making a donation to the One Pulse Community Fund.
Noel Poyo, Executive Director