HOLA Ohio is a community organization based in Painesville. Their mission is to empower the community it serves through education, outreach, leadership development and more. Formed in 1999 as an informal group of Latinas wanting to help agricultural workers and their families, HOLA has become a pillar of the Ohio Latino and immigrant community and works with families across the state as a go-to resource.
This nonprofit offers an array of bilingual and culturally-competent programming to attend to the needs of the Latino population. HOLA has been providing many of these services to Latinos in northeast Ohio without a reliable location. HOLA currently operates out of a small, store-front church in Painesville on an as-needed basis. But this space is not always available and not large enough. Programs have been shuffled around to local libraries, other churches and public parks. The time has come to find a fixed location for HOLA to operate.
The efforts to create a home for the HOLA Ohio Community Center have begun as they work to generate the capital needed to complete this project. HOLA has a well thought out plan to raise these funds. Presently over 42% of these funds are committed.
Our 2018 Christmas Eve Offering is being dedicated to the Educational Area, an adaptable space with moveable walls which includes a classroom and a small meeting room. This area will be used for adult and youth programming, including English as a second language classes, citizenship tutoring, workforce and entrepreneurial trainings and voter education programs.
The HOLA Ohio Hispanic Community Center will anchor economic development and entrepreneurial services for Latinos in the area. HOLA will assist and empower thousands of immigrants as they stabilize their economic and civic standing and boost the overall economic vitality of the region. Ultimately, the target population will become a reliable pool of labor for agriculture, landscaping construction and other businesses which currently confront a lack of skilled and unskilled workers.
The Mission and Service Commission is committed to the developing partnership with HOLA. It began with hosting and supporting its annual raiser at the Family Life Center last June. Now we look forward to engaging with financial and volunteer support.