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April 2016

Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2016 World's Most Ethical Company®. This is the sixth straight year that Baptist Health has received this honor.
The World's Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes those companies who align principle with action, work tirelessly to make trust part of their corporate DNA, and in doing so, shape future industry standards by introducing tomorrow's best practices today. To read more, click here
About Baptist Health South Florida:
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with seven hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children's Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), nearly 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence. 
To learn more about Baptist Health South Florida, click here
Thanks to the help of funders and partners like Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program had another successful tax season. 
2016 VITA Impact (as of April 27th)*:

5,647 people served across 15 Broward County sites
$5.2 Million in tax refunds to Broward County

 *From Hispanic Unity of Florida and other Broward County partner tax sites. 

 Select sites will be open through August 15th. To learn more, visit:

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an invaluable free service for low and moderate-income taxpayers which saves them tax preparation fees and connects them to income boosting tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Annually, the VITA Coalition recruits and trains 200+ individuals to become IRS-certified volunteers who provide free tax preparation services.
Fortunately, with support from partners like Bank of America, we're able to help make a difference by connecting individuals and families with basic, yet critical, human services. 
To learn more about Bank of America making a difference in our communities, click here.
Publix Super Markets (Miami Division) recently distributed more than $1.48 million to 68 South Florida Community Partners. Hispanic Unity of Florida is grateful to be a recipient of a $10,000 Publix grant, which will benefit HUF's Unity 4Teens (Middle School) program. 
This gift is made possible by Publix shoppers who donated during the 2015 Food For All holiday season campaign. Thank you, Publix, for your generosity!
To learn more about Publix, click here.
Join the Red Nose Day Movement: May 26th 
More than $23 Million was raised in 2015 from the inaugural Red Nose Day at work. The effort benefits children living in poverty across the United States and around the world.Please join us again on May 26th as we continue to work together to break the cycle of poverty. You can purchase your Red Nose at participating Walgreens. Learn more here


NCLR Annual Conference in Orlando: July 23-26
The NCLR Annual Conference provides a forum for training and networking for members of the Hispanic community. Community-based organizations, corporate representatives,
and government officials convene at the four-day conference to learn about and discuss ongoing and emerging issues that affect the Latino community.
To learn more, click here
For the conference schedule, click here.   
Upcoming Partner Events
Hispanic Unity, in partnership with Broward SCORE, will offer a half-day of helpful business workshops in Spanish.

To be held on Saturday, May 21st at: 


Register Now: 
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For information on workshops in English, click here

March 2016

BB&T is a Hispanic Unity of Florida partner, supportingHUF's Civic Engagement program. This program provides high quality, technology-supported citizenship classes with a qualified teacher, a curriculum approved and recommended by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a small class environment and a convenient class schedule.
The program also assists clients with the preparation for the naturalization process, including one-on-one assistance with the N-400 form (citizenship application), the citizenship interview, legal advice and referrals.
About BB&T
Building on a tradition of excellence in community banking that stretches back to 1872, BB&T offers clients a complete range of financial services including banking, lending, insurance, trust and wealth management solutions.
To learn more about BB&T, click here.
Service has been a hallmark of American Expressthroughout its 160-year history. This service ethos comes to life every time they help a customer - whether with a simple, everyday request or in an emergency situation. American Express shows the same care and commitment to service in our communities.
This past Saturday, American Express volunteers joined Hispanic Unity and the Miami New Americans Campaign at Marlin's Park to help more than 400 people with free citizenship assistance. A huge THANK YOU to our friends at American Express for volunteering with us and for supporting HUF's work in naturalization and citizenship.
To learn more about HUF's upcoming Calendar of Citizenship classes, click here.
To learn more about American Express, click here.
Working side-by-side with schools, government, and non-profit partners, Comcast has connected more than 600,000 families--over two-million low-income Americans-- to the power of the Internet in their homes through its Internet Essentials program.
Internet Essentials, which provides families with affordable access to the Internet, was originally designed for families with children eligible to receive a free school lunch from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Over the years, the program has expanded to include to children eligible for a reduced price school lunch and families with children in all types of schools. Most recently, on a pilot basis and in an effort to provide greater opportunities and bridge the digital divide, the program was expanded to low-income seniors and low-income community college students. 
To learn more about Internet Essentials and to see if you qualify, click here or call 1-855-8-INTERNET.
Orientation of University Programs
Ana G. Méndez University System - South Florida Campus
Miramar Park of Commerce
3520 Enterprise Way, Miramar, FL 33025
Sat., March 26, 2016:         11AM-12PM               
Wed., March 30, 2016:       11AM-12PM and 6PM-7PM
Sat., April 2, 2016:             11AM-12PM
Wed., April 6, 2016:           11AM-12PM and 6PM-7PM
Sat., April 9, 2016:             11AM-12PM
To learn more, click here

February 2016

Broward Health is a supporter of Hispanic Unity of Florida's (HUF) Te Ayudo service.  Te Ayudo connects uninsured and underserved Broward residents with access to health and clinical services. Since its inception in 2007, Te Ayudo has processed more than 4,000 applications linking clients to health services via Broward's healthcare districts, outpatient centers, clinics and physicians as well as Medicaid, Medicare and Florida KidCare. This service is provided under the Center for Working Families (CWF)program. Through the CWF program, families with limited assets receive coaching, acquire employment or a better job, increase their savings, reduce debt and improve their credit scores.


Learn more about Broward Health:
AutoNation is committed to "Leading the Race to Beat Cancer" by raising funds and awareness for early detection and prevention. AutoNation is working with local nonprofit organizations, like Hispanic Unity of Florida, to increase awareness about cancer. 

In 2012, the most recent data available, according to the United States Cancer Statistics:

* 1,529,078 new cancer cases were diagnosed in the United States,* including 105,651 in Florida.
* 582,607 cancer deaths occurred in the United States*, including 42,187 in Florida.
For every 100,000 men and women in Florida, on average, approximately 414 were diagnosed with cancer and approximately 158 died from it.

To learn more about Florida-specific cancer statistics, visit theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Upcoming Partner Events 

MEGA Citizenship Event at Marlins Park

When: March 19th, 2016 from 10am - 2pm

Where: Marlins Park - 501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125

The South Florida New Americans Campaign (NAC) provides free, high quality, and confidential immigration law services to help individuals and families on their path to U.S. citizenship.

Members of the South Florida NAC - including Hispanic Unity of Florida - also provide low cost citizenship classes, English classes, and other immigration legal services to Florida's immigrants and refugees. We serve the community in many languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole.

For more information, click here.
Orientation of University Programs
Ana G. Méndez University System - South Florida Campus
Miramar Park of Commerce
3520 Enterprise Way, Miramar, FL 33025
Wed., March 2, 2016:         11AM-12PM and 6PM-7PM
Sat., March 5, 2016:           11AM-12PM
Wed., March 9, 2016:         11AM-12PM and 6PM-7PM
Wed., March 12, 2016:       11AM-12PM
To learn more, click here



November 2015



Our Community Partner, Cleveland Clinic of Florida, provides helpful health and wellness tips and information in its quarterly e-newsletter. 

Topics in the most recent edition include:
Breast Cancer Innovations and Compassionate Care
New Program Meets South Florida Need for Life-Saving Transplants
Novel Transplant Brings Life, Changing Relief from Pancreatitis

To view the articles in the most recent publication, click here.


Comerica Bank is a sponsor for Hispanic Unity of Florida's (HUF) Center for Working Families program. Through this program, families with limited assets receive coaching, acquire employment or a better job, increase their savings, reduce debt and improve their credit scores. Comerica also supports HUF's small business program, Emerging Entrepreneurs, and the 2015 E-Summit (Entrepreneur Summit)

Comerica has been in Florida for more than 30 years and specializes in Wealth Management and Business Lending. With seven offices in Florida, including the Florida Corporate offices in Boca Raton and their Location in Fort Lauderdale, Comerica’s team approach to wealth management, retail and business banking provides the highest level of comprehensive financial expertise available.  

To read more, click here

To learn more about Comerica, click here.

As the country’s largest automotive retailer, AutoNation is dedicated to giving back to the community. We are deeply committed to fighting cancer, a cause that sadly, impacts us all. That’s why we are proud to partner with organizations like Hispanic Unity of Florida, to promote awareness that early detection saves lives!
In 2012, the most recent data available, according to theUnited States Cancer Statistics:
  • 1,529,078 new cancer cases were diagnosed in the United States*, including 105,651 in Florida.

  • 582,607 cancer deaths occurred in the United States*, including 42,187 in Florida.

For every 100,000 men and women in Florida, on average, approximately 414 were diagnosed with cancer and approximately 158 died from it.
To learn more about Florida-specific cancer statistics, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

 Upcoming Partner Events

Orientation of University Programs
Ana G. Méndez University System - South Florida Campus
Miramar Park of Commerce
3520 Enterprise Way, Miramar, FL 33025

Wednesday, December 2, 2015:   11AM-12PM and 6PM-7PM
Saturday, December 5, 2015:        11AM-12PM
Wednesday, December 9, 2015:   11AM-12PM and 6PM-7PM
Saturday, December 12, 2015:      11AM-12PM

To learn more, click here

September 2015

Community Partner | Empowerment Investor

JM Family Enterprises, Inc. is a diversified automotive company founded in 1968 by Jim Moran. It is ranked No. 23rd on Forbes' list of "America's Largest Private Companies" and No. 34 on FORTUNE® magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. JM Family has approximately 4,100 associates and its primary business operations include vehicle processing and distribution; finance, warranty and insurance services; and automotive retail sales.

JM Family Enterprises and Southeast Toyota Distributors supports two of HUF's signature programs, the Unity 4Teens afterschool/summer program and Civic Engagement. Their support allowed HUF last year to assist nearly 1,500 individuals with citizenship and naturalization support and help them reach their all-important milestone to become U.S. Citizens. (Read recent HUF Blog on this topic.)

Each year, Unity 4Teens provides 500+ students, throughout the year, with tools necessary for academic and social success. In fact, youth participant outcomes include, but are not limited to, improvements in attendance and grades, decreased suspensions, acceptance to college, and avoidance of alcohol and drug use. JM Family associates visit with the teens at their schools every year to share their own career and life journeys and how these youth can prepare themselves for careers or college.

To learn more about this community partner, click here.

Community Partner | Empowerment Leader

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a supporter of Hispanic Unity of Florida's (HUF) Unity 4Teens Program and 2015 Entrepreneur Summit on October 8 at NSU.

NSU is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels.

The university celebrates its cultural diversity and is proud to be a minority-majority university. It is the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education's criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Recently, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation recognizing these institutions and acknowledging that the promise of a college education provides a reality for many Hispanic students across our country, enabling them to secure a better future for themselves and their families.

NSU received two Title V grants in 2014 totaling approximately $7 million to help increase the number of Hispanic and other minority students pursuing degrees in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and prepare them for careers in these growing sectors and post-baccalaureate computer science-related degrees. In academic year 2013-2014, the university ranked first in total degrees awarded to Hispanics.

To read more, click here.

Help Your Children Chill Out

Overscheduling. Rushed families. High parental expectations. Goading from peers. Getting into the best college. Whew! Today's kids face enormous stress. Kids must cope with all the issues, such as violence or global warming, that stress out adults. They must also handle additional stresses added by their parents and the media. The normal stresses of childhood are compounded by the pressure to...

To read more and learn more about Baptist Health South Florida, click here.




9 Days Until the Oct. 8 Entrepreneur Summit!

For more information or to register, visit

Meet Juan M. Ortiz Navarro Pharmacy 
Speaker at 2015 Entrepreneur Summit
Workshop: Are you Latin Ready? ™

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Learn more about Hispanic Unity at







July 2015


Community Partner | Empowerment Friend

AutoNation is committed to "Leading the Race to Beat Cancer" by raising funds and awareness for early detection and prevention. AutoNation is working with local nonprofit organizations, like Hispanic Unity of Florida, to increase awareness about this disease which is the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States.


"Cancer" is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. Cancer is not just one disease, but many diseases. There are more than 100 kinds of cancer.  


To learn more about cancer and cancer prevention, click here.

To learn more about AutoNation, click here

Community Partner | Empowerment Friend

Citrix is leading the transition to software-defined workspaces uniting virtualization, mobility management, networking and SaaS solutions to enable new ways for businesses and people to work better. Citrix solutions power business mobility through secure, mobile workspaces that provide people with instant access to apps, desktops, data and communications on any device, over any network and cloud. With annual revenue in 2014 of $3.14 billion, Citrix solutions are in use at more than 330,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally. Learn more about Citrix at

Moreover, Citrix is committed to "helping families in need while supporting organizations and projects that promote better access to educational, environmental and technological opportunities" through its Corporate Citizenship community outreach programs. This includes their Corporate Giving Programs, "Global Day of Impact" volunteer day, employee match program of employee donations to charity, discounts to non-profit organizations and corporate citizenship advisory and champions. Hispanic Unity of Florida is honored to have the support of Citrix for its economic development initiatives, specifically, the Center for Working Families program, Emerging Entrepreneurs program, and 2015 Entrepreneur Summit event.

To learn more about Citrix supporting HUF, click here

     Team Approach to DVT, PAD and CAD: Treating Blood Flow and Blockages

Poor blood flow to the heart and blockages in blood vessels can cause severe quality of life issues and serious risks to health. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can cause debilitating leg pain or a dangerous clot in the lung, for example. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can lead to organ damage and heart attack. And carotid artery disease (CAD) can bring about stroke. Furthermore, these conditions share risk factors and can cause similar symptoms, so diagnosis takes care and expertise.

To learn more, click here


Orientation of University Programs

Saturday, August 1, 2015: 11:00AM-12:00PM
Tuesday, August 4, 2015: 11:00AM-12:00PM and 6:00PM-7:00PM
Saturday, August 8, 2015: 11:00AM-12:00PM
Tuesday, August 11, 2015: 11:00AM-12:00PM and 6:00PM-7:00PM

Ana G. Méndez University System - South Florida Campus
Miramar Park of Commerce
3520 Enterprise Way, Miramar, FL 33025


For more information, click here

Save the Date: HUF E-Summit, October 8th at NSU

Hispanic Unity of Florida is pleased to offer businesses an opportunity to support the 2015 Entrepreneur. We offer a variety of opportunities for you to advertise your business at any price range. 

For more information on the 2015 E-Summit and being a sponsor or exhibitor, please contact: Josie Bacallao at or at (954) 683-2028. 

To view the sponsorship packet, click here

Eugenio R. Torres, Founder of Hispanic Unity
shares HUF’s early years in his:

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Hispanic Unity of Florida: Client Stories

Hispanic Unity was founded more than 34 years ago by community leaders to ease the acculturation transition for newcomers from other nations. Today this nonprofit provides assistance through 12 programs and 30+ services, in four languages, to Broward's diverse community. Hispanic Unity remains the county's largest agency dedicated to the immigrant population, providing them with the tools they need to build a new life. In 2015, the agency served 17,000+ clients, from toddlers to adults.