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for the Hispanic
community and all
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Elgin Hispanic Network

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History

The Elgin Hispanic Network began in 1987 as a forum for networking, and sharing of resources and ideas among the Latino community of Elgin. The network has seen tremendous growth since then.

The following are just a few of the highlights since 1987:

  • For many years, the Elgin community has had a wonderful networking opportunity for social service agencies called Health & Welfare Luncheon.  By the summer of 1987, several Hispanic community leaders felt the needs of the exploding Latino community would be best served by creating an organization exclusively devoted to the benefit and welfare of the local Latino community. On September 2, 1987, Fabiola Palacios and Estela Gallegos led the first meeting of the Elgin Hispanic Network.

  • Initially, the group was referred to as The Elgin Hispanic Task Force, but in 1988 they officially changed the group's name to The Elgin Hispanic Network. The network was home to members from a wide variety of Hispanic cultures. Bonds between these differing cultures developed as everyone sought ways to better the Latino community.

  • In 1989, bylaws were drafted and the Articles of Incorporation (for non-profit organization) were filed with the State of Illinois.

  • Membership grew dramatically and the Network began to be noticed locally as a leader in the Hispanic community. 1991 also saw the first member awards ceremony at Thanksgiving Luncheon which was held at Jalapenos Restaurant.

  • On February 19, 1992, the Elgin Hispanic Network hosted the Health & Welfare Luncheon at Elgin Community College and formally introduced itself to the Elgin Community including its mission, objectives and logo. In March 1992, the Network warded its first educational scholarship awards. In April 1992, we began publishing a newsletter to all the members on a monthly basis.  Publication lasted five years.

  • In September 1993, the Network began the process of formal recognition with the federal government as a non-profit organization. 501(c)(4) status was granted in 1995.

  •  In March 1994, the Elgin Image Advisory Commission presented the network with the prestigious Elgin Image Award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to Elgin's image in 1993.

  • In August 1995, the Network was recognized by the Elgin City Council as the leading Hispanic organization in Elgin.

  •  The Network took the lead in organizing a public forum with City of Elgin officials in order to address some of the concerns the Latino community had with respect to housing overcrowding in 1999. A committee made up of Latinos and African-Americans was created from this forum and used to further address the concerns of Elgin's minority community with respect to the overcrowding issue in Elgin.

  •  2000 saw our first-ever Strategic Planning Retreat at the Community Crisis Center. It resulted in some general recommendations and a clearly articulated mission. We also became official participants in the City of Elgin's Adopt-A-Highway Program for the next three years.

  •  We initiated our first-ever member Scholarship Fund Drive in 2001. The Scholarship funds were secured to fully fund our two $500 scholarships  sponsored by Elgin State Bank.

    Since then, we have continued to offer scholarships using funds from the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon and membership donations.
     

 

 

P.O. Box 1554 Elgin, Illinois 60121     e-mail: info@elginhispanicnetwork.org