2023 Holiday Party
December 20, 2023
Everyone had a terrific time at our annual holiday party this year. Thanks to many sponsors, we had food, gift baskets and a "surprise" visit from Santa Claus.
As an added bonus this year, Target Corporation provided gift cards that allowed us to help over 100 families buy a few extra Christmas items.
2023 Hispanic Heritage Festival
October 6, 2023
Centro Hispano held is third annual Hispanic Heritage Festival on the creek in downtown Frederick on October 6, 2023. The weather was perfect and thousands of visitors enjoyed a full day of live music, dancing and fantastic food! The festival provides a way to showcase the rich Hispanic culture that our immigrant neighbors bring to our community.
Thanks to all of our sponsors, and especially Target Corporation, who help make our annual festival possible. Missed it? Plan to join us on October 4, 2024 in downtown Frederick for this year's festival.
Ausherman Family Foundation Provides Grant to Help Centro Hispano Expand
December 7, 2022
The Ausherman Family Foundation has provided a generous grant that will allow Centro Hispano to rent an additional classroom at its facility. The Ausherman Family Foundation is a private foundation, established in 2006. The Trustees envision a vibrant community where committed nonprofit organizations effectively work together in a spirit of cooperation to advance superior charitable outcomes in Frederick County. The Foundation’s mission is to empower the passion for change in Frederick County, Maryland.
This needed extra space will provide additional room for English classes, seniors workshops and Éxito, our expanding summer STEAM program. We are extremely appreciative of the support of the Ausherman Family Foundation and its willingness to help us serve the needs of the Hispanic immigrant population in Frederick.
Ausherman Family Foundation Funds Strategic Planning for Centro Hispano
April 18, 2023
The Ausherman Family Foundation has provided a generous grant to Centro Hispano that will be used to fund a comprehensive strategic plan. By engaging in this process, we will ensure that we are working towards a common vision and leveraging our resources effectively.
Centro Hispano is undergoing rapid expansion, which coincides with the increase in the Hispanic population of Frederick County. To ensure smart, measured growth in combination with evidence-based assessments of success of its programs, the Centro board determined in late 2022 to engage in a thorough, forward-looking strategic planning process. The result of this process will be a plan that provides a framework to accommodate continued growth over the next several years.
Thanks to the grant provided by the Ausherman Family Foundation, Centro will be able to engage in this critical process without any negative financial impact to ongoing programs. The initial information-gathering process will begin in late spring, 2023.
Centro Hispano Awarded Three-Year Grant to Provide Interventions for At-Risk Youth
September 16, 2022
Care First has agreed to provide Centro Hispano with funding for three years to offer interventions for at-risk elementary school youth.
The program will kick off later this year with the first of three cohorts in partnership with Waverly Elementary School. Youth will be identified by teachers and will be given the opportunity to stay after school for enrichment activities including STEM programs, collaborative activities, leadership training, self-image improvement exercises and more. The goal of the program includes soliciting parent involvement to provide high-level guidance for maximizing the students' potential for success.
Frederick County Public Schools and Centro Hispano Enter into Partnership Agreement for STEAM Program
August 4, 2022
FCPS superintendent Cheryl Dyson, along with Keith Harris, executive director of the FCPS Accelerating Achievement and Equity office, English Learning Coordinator Katharine Gull and other FCPS administrators visited Centro Hispano to formalize a partnership agreement relating to Centro's Éxito summer education program for FCPS students.
Under the agreement, Centro will work with FCPS to develop curricula, provide access to students and help FCPS achieve its goals of helping students be empowered learners and engaged citizens, nurture relationships with families and promote a culture fostering wellness and civility for students and staff.
The primary target of this partnership agreement is Centro's Éxito summer education program, which includes science, technology, engineering, art, math (STEM/STEAM), English Language and Spanish Language components as well as life-skill enrichment.
Frederick County Immigrant Affairs Commission Town Hall Meeting Held at Centro Hispano
The Frederick County Immigrant Affairs Commission (IAC) held its first town hall at Centro Hispano. Approximately 30 members of the public appeared in person and others submitted comments by phone and Facebook. Many of the commission members attended in person at Centro Hispano. The mission of the IAC is to "serve in an advisory capacity to County government as a means to advocate for immigrant voices to be heard and understood while acknowledging issues of importance to all immigrants and co-creating solutions to facilitate civic engagement and equitable access to all County services.”
Centro Hispano Partners with FCPS to Provide Prom Dresses for High Schoolers
In collaboration with Frederick County Public Schools, Centro Hispano is collecting dresses suitable for proms. We are creating a "closet" for young ladies who are, or will be, in need of formalwear but whose families may not be in the financial position to purchase a pretty, formal dress for them.
Centro Hispano Executive Director Named to Frederick County Immigrant Affairs Commission
January 16, 2022
Centro Hispano Executive Director Maria Shuck was named to the newly-formed Frederick County Immigrant Affairs Commission. The work of the commission will be critical to ensuring civic engagement and equal opportunity for immigrants in Frederick County.
The role of the Commission will be to identify needs of the immigrant community and communicate them to the County Council. The Commission's first town hall will likely take place in March, 2022.