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Centro Aztlán, a Family-Based Immigration Assistance and Community Services Organization is Awarded Marketing Grant from Miami-Based Marketing Agency for Nonprofits 

Centro Aztlán, a Texas-based nonprofit human services organization has been awarded the “Worthy Cause” marketing grant by Cause Populi, LLC, a Miami nonprofit marketing agency. Popularly known as Centro Aztlán, the official name of the organization is Asociación Pro Servicios Sociales, Inc. (APSS). Centro Aztlán/APSS received the grant for online promotion of the organization, its programs and its human services mission.

Miami, FL (PRWEB) May 21, 2013 — Centro Aztlán, a Texas-based nonprofit human services organization has been awarded the “Worthy Cause” marketing grant by Cause Populi, LLC, a Miami nonprofit marketing agency.  Popularly known as Centro Aztlán, the official name of the organization is Asociación Pro Servicios Sociales, Inc. (APSS).  Centro Aztlán/APSS received the grant for online promotion of the organization, its programs and its human services mission.

Centro Aztlán offers assistance to low-income-eligible individuals and households in securing immigration benefits.  Among the groups benefiting from these services are women who qualify under the provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), family-based immigrant petitions, young persons qualifying under the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provisions, and Legal Permanent Residents seeking to become naturalized U.S. citizens.

Centro Aztlán also provides tax services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program of IRS and is expanding these services to assist self-employed persons as well as small and start-up businesses in filing tax returns. Organized in 1975, APSS has served migrant farmworkers, elderly households, the disabled, and other population groups in securing benefits to improve living conditions.

“We are grateful for the Worthy Cause grant and the support from Cause Populi because their expert assistance in launching our website will increase our visibility in the community and allow us to deliver new sets of services more effectively,” said Miguel Berry, President of the APSS, Inc. Board of Directors.  “We are launching a pilot program with a local high school to support students and parents in preparing for post-secondary education or training by carefully planning for the financial and academic challenges.”

The “Worthy Cause” grants are awarded on a quarterly basis on a matching in-kind basis to selected nonprofit institutions.  Typical projects include website development, fundraising campaigns, marketing support, and social networking campaigns.

About Centro Aztlán/APSS, Inc.

The mission of Centro Aztlán/APSS, Inc. is stated below.  It is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3).

The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is organized are: to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including but not limited to improvement of the condition of the poor, the underprivileged and the victims of discrimination and alienation; to exercise all the powers conferred upon corporations formed under the Texas Non-profit Corporation Act in order to accomplish its charitable and educational purposes, of money or property, whether real or personal, or any interest therein, wherever situated.

About Cause Populi

Cause Populi is a socially conscious marketing agency that works with nonprofit organizations and socially responsible corporations. Cause Populi supports worthy causes and nonprofits around the country through a marketing grant program, while offering a portfolio of nonprofit marketing services, including cause marketing, online, direct, mobile and social media marketing.

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Angie Lopez, BIA Accredited Representative, was interviewed by Marissa R. Limon, KLDO reporter, in mid-June 2012 about the announcement of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.

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Angie Lopez, BIA Accredited Representative, was interviewed by Marissa R. Limon, KLDO reporter, in mid-January about the announcement of a possible Immigration Reform. President Obama’s administration has developed its own proposals for immigration reform that are more liberal than a separate bipartisan effort in the Senate, including a quicker path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

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On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status. (more…)

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As a battered spouse, child or parent, you may file an immigrant visa petition under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended by the Violence against Women Act (VAWA).
The VAWA provisions in the INA allow certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents (Green Card holders) to file a petition for themselves, without the abuser’s knowledge. This allows victims to seek both safety and independence from their abuser, who is not notified about the filing.

The VAWA provisions, which apply equally to women and men, are permanent and do not require congressional reauthorization

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Date: Friday, February 15, 2013
Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Capitol Extension Auditorium, (E1.004)
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We have the unique opportunity to educate elected officials and key stakeholders on issues and policies that affect the financial stability of Texas families and local communities.

The Center for Public Policy Priorities, Methodist Healthcare Ministries, and RAISE Texas invite you to the “Strengthening Texas Families” legislative briefing. This important event will discuss Better Texas Family Budgets, Payday & Auto Title Lending, and Barriers to Household Saving.
Agenda:

  • 9:30am-10:00am “A Fighting Chance” a documentary about five families struggling to survive and thrive in Texas
  • 10:00am-11:00am Presentation by Frances Deviney on Better Texas Family Budgets and KIDS Count Data
  • 11:00-11:30am Introduction to key policy actions that can help increase the financial stability of Texas families
  • 11:30am- 12:30pm From the Field- RAISE Texas Members, Julian Huerta (Foundation Communities), Wendy Hanson (United Way of Southern Cameron County), and Fran Rosebush (United Way of Greater Houston) make recommendations on how to fix the issues at hand and increase financial stability for Texas families.

Join us for this important event on February 15th. Register now!

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We would like to share an exciting opportunity for nonprofit organizations to provide feedback on the sector. Nonprofit Finance Fund www.nonprofitfinancefund.org is conducting its fifth annual nationwide survey examining the current state of the nonprofit sector – and we hope that you will add your voice. The survey, which is anonymous and takes only 10 minutes to complete, collects data on important financial and management issues facing the nonprofit sector. You can see the findings from previous years here http://nonprofitfinancefund.org/survey.

NFF will analyze responses and provide the results to the sector in March. All survey respondents who choose to give their contact information will receive the results directly. The findings, and the comparison to previous years findings, will help identify the most critical areas of need in the sector.

In last year’s survey, more than 4,500 respondents at nonprofits across the country shared the details of how they are adapting their organizations and finances to economic conditions. The survey revealed that while 2011 was a year of significant organizational and programmatic changes, many nonprofits are still facing fundamental challenges that threaten the stability of the sector and the well-being of the people they serve.

To take the 2013 survey, please click on this link before February 15th!: nonprofitfinancefund.org/2013survey

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