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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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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the posting of a final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The final rule establishes a process that allows certain individuals to apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver before they depart the United States to attend immigrant visa interviews in their countries of origin. The process will be effective on March 4, 2013 and more information about the filing process will be made available in the coming weeks at www.uscis.gov

Under current law, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are not eligible to adjust status in the United States to become lawful permanent residents must leave the U.S. and obtain an immigrant visa abroad. Individuals who have accrued more than six months of unlawful
presence while in the United States must obtain a waiver to overcome the unlawful presence inadmissibility bar before they can return to the United States after departing to obtain an immigrant visa. Under the existing waiver process, which remains available to those who do not qualify for the new process, immediate relatives cannot file a waiver application until after they have appeared for an immigrant visa interview abroad and the Department of State has determined that they are inadmissible.

In order to obtain a provisional unlawful presence waiver, the applicant must be an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, inadmissible only on account of unlawful presence, and demonstrate the denial of the waiver would result in extreme hardship to his or her U.S. citizen spouse or parent. USCIS will publish a new form, Form I-601A, Application for a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, for individuals to use when applying for a provisional unlawful presence waiver under the new process.

Under the new provisional waiver process, immediate relatives must still depart the United States for the consular immigrant visa process; however, they can apply for a provisional waiver before they depart for their immigrant visa interview abroad. Individuals who file the Form I-601A must notify the Department of State’s National Visa Center that they are or will be seeking a provisional waiver from USCIS. The new process will reduce the amount of time U.S. citizen are separated from their qualifying immediate relatives.

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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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