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CBS4 Interview: HUF/Broward SCORE Partnership

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 1:43pm

Emerging Entrepreneurs is Hispanic Unity’s Small Business program. Realizing the need in our community for entrepreneurship education and business support, Hispanic Unity and Broward SCORE partnered to offer a comprehensive program based on Broward SCORE’s 5 Simple Steps model for starting and running a successful business. These services are helpful for those who are looking to start or reinvent their current businesses. Due to the positive community response, we have even expanded our entrepreneurial services and are now offering standalone workshops in both English and Spanish.

In case you missed it Hispanic Unty and Broward SCORE were recently featured in a CBS4 Focus on South Florida interview. Learn more about the partnership and how to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities available to entrepreneurs and small business owners. To view the video, please click here

For more information on the Emerging Entrepreneurs program, please click here.

VITA Team Assists 5,100+ This Tax Season!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 8:54am

Our Volunteers Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Team provided tax assistance to more than 5,100 clients and brought $5.66 million in refunds to communities across Broward County.

Congratulations to our VITA Volunteer of the Year Percival Samms (in photo alongside HUF VITA Team Leader Ana Maria Ceballos), who served as the Volunteer Greeter at our main and largest VITA site in Hollywood and dedicated over 270 hours to the program in 2014. Click here to learn more about VITA.

Meet Arminda “Mindy” Figueroa

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 3:50pm

Mindy is a dedicated Hispanic Unity volunteer leader and is the founder and president of Latin2Latin Marketing + Communications, LLC, a boutique Hispanic Marketing agency located in Fort Lauderdale. Her extensive background in the marketing field, ranging from direct, traditional and multicultural, has made her a well-known leader in the industry. Feeling a strong connection to her community she works to create multicultural market awareness and has helped businesses navigate through the changing needs of all Latinos in Miami since 2007.

"I believe the work that HUF does is critical to Broward County in servicing underserved populations. HUF provides the necessary tools and social services that help thousands of families in our county meet the basic daily needs. Just like that special neighbor, HUF goes the extra mile to help anyone unconditionally. HUF fills in the gap where the government or the private sector cannot help."

Meet Nydia Menéndez

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 9:32am

Nydia Menéndez, an attorney who established her own practice, the Menéndez Law Firm, more than 10 years ago, has been a volunteer leader with Hispanic Unity for more than 9 years, serving on the Board of Directors. Although she was born in New York, as a child she spent many years in Puerto Rico and upon her return to the United States, was not too familiar with the English language. She was shy and felt insecure as she was not able to communicate with her classmates as well, which ultimately influenced her performance in her honors classes. However, after several tutoring sessions, with a teacher who believed in her and later became a lifelong friend, Nydia persevered. Going against her family’s wishes, who at the time did not see the value a college degree, Nydia became the first to go to college in her family and later became an attorney.

Realizing how she was impacted by her own experience, Nydia felt she needed to help do something that could help make a difference for many generations to come. She says that her involvement with HUF is significant to her as it aligns with her love for helping others. She also serves on numerous other boards including Legal Aid Service, a HUF program partner for more than 20+ years.

“It’s in my DNA,” she said.

Feeling a deep connection to the staff, fellow Board members and the HUF Mission, Nydia says she will continue to be a part of the HUF family beyond her role on the Board of Directors. “It’s not about what I give – it’s about what I get from HUF,” she said. “Josie is so inspiring and when I look at the staff we have and their dedication to their clients, I know that everything is done with the highest degree of quality and respect. How could I not want to be a part of that?”

Are you an Emerging Entrepreneur?

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 1:17pm

Emerging Entrepreneurs is Hispanic Unity’s Small Business program. Hispanic Unity recognized more than a dozen years ago the need for entrepreneurship education and support for many who are looking to start or reinvent their current businesses. To this end, Hispanic Unity redesigned the program in 2012 and partnered with the experts of Broward SCORE to provide a comprehensive program based on Broward SCORE’s 5 Simple Steps model for starting and running a successful business.

The standalone workshops are listed below. The next series of the 5 Simple Steps program workshops begin July 26th (in English -- click here to see this cycle schedule) and on August 2nd (in Spanish -- click here to see this cycle schedule). View the calendar and register for the 5 Simple Steps program workshops, as well as many other learning opportunities. Click here for more information and to register today!




10 AM-12 PM


5:30-7:30 PM

QuickBooks Básico

12 julio

22 septiembre

Implicaciones Legales al Comenzar un Negocio

19 julio

29 septiembre

Implementación de un Plan de Negocios

26 julio

6 octubre

Medios de Comunicación Social

13 septiembre

13 octubre

Ventas y Mercadeo


20 octubre

QuickBooks Intermedio


27 octubre      

Pasos Sencillos Para Iniciar 

Su Negocio (5 Talleres)

2 agosto -
6 septiembre 



*Hispanc Unity - 5811 Johnson St. Hollywood, FL 33012. 10 AM - 12 PM

**BrowardSCORE - 5545 Taft St, #403, Hollywood, FL 33012. 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Citizenship Mega Workshop on Saturday

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 9:19am

The New Americans Campaign will provide assistance to complete the citizenship application to anyone eligible. A coalition of legal service providers and volunteers have come together to assist eligible legal permanent residents (LPRs) become U.S. citizens by completing naturalization applications. The legal service is completely free. However, there is a USCIS $680 application fee. USCIS may waive the $680 fee if you receive food stamps, Medicaid or SSI. To apply for the fee waiver you must have the letter of benefits in English from DCF and/or the Social Security Office. Event Information: Saturday, June 14, 2014 starting 10:00 AM and ending 2:00 PM Broward College, South Campus, Gym Building, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024. Free parking is available in the college's parking lots If you need additional information about the events, call 1-888-541-2826. You can also text “citizenship” 23559, or send an email to: To register for the event or to become a volunteer, please visit

Meet Rolando Mora

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 4:40pm

Rolando, Roly as he likes to be called, is a Tax Managing Director at KPMG, LLP and has been involved as a HUF volunteer leader for more than three years. He currently serves as a Board Member as well as on the Finance Committee. Roly’s passion for joining HUF has roots close to home. Inspired by his parents, both Cuban pharmacists who had to rebuild their life in the U.S., he says “I have their passion for hard work and being the best I can be. My parents sacrificed a lot to ensure we would have a better opportunity at life.” He and his siblings are all first generation Americans and are all professionals – accountant, pharmacist and attorneys. Roly is involved with HUF because he identifies with the clients we serve. “HUF client families are going through the same struggles my parents went through. They are following their dreams of creating and living a better life.”

Learn More about a Local Treasure: Children's Services Council of Broward

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 6:16am



Lauren is 16 years old, she's in 11th grade and is being raised by her dad since her mom's death in 2010. She is part of Hispanic Unity's Unity 4Teens program funded by the Children's Services Council of Broward County. Were it not for this program, her life would be much different. 

The Children’s Services Council of Broward County invests more than $60 Million annually on our children in Broward County!

In 2012/2013 the Children's Services Council of Broward County supported nearly 100,000 children through 153 programs by 87 organizations plus 40 school-based health programs.  

The Children’s Services of Broward County (CSC) is an independent taxing authority established by Broward County voters in 2000. Since its creation, the Children’s Services Council has touched the lives of thousands of children in our community – every year.

The CSC’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance the lives of the children of Broward County and empower them to become responsible, productive adults.

The organization funds hundreds of programs that serve children and families, advocates for policies that protect the interests of future generations and provides leadership that brings the child-serving community together.

The CSC works with Community Partners to help “Turn the Curve” in a positive direction on issues like:

•             Maternal and Child Health

•             Family Strengthening

•             After-School and Out-of-School Time

•             Kinship Care

•             Youth Leadership, Advocacy and Employment

•             Support for Youth and Families with Special Needs

To learn more about the work of CSC visit them on their website! 



Job Fair, April 30

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 1:07pm


Click Here to Register Today! 

Wednesday, April 30  |  9am – 5pm  | 5811 Johnson St, Hollywood, FL 33021 

FREE Tax Preparation Expanded Hours thru 4/15!

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 11:53am



Assistance is available in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole.

  • Saturday, April 12th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 14th from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 15th from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

No appointments required. Location: 5811 Johnson Street | Hollywood, FL 33021

Click here to locate other HUF tax sites and to learn what documents you need to bring with you.  


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.