Hispanic Unity of Florida's (HUF) work is on behalf of individuals seeking freedom and opportunity... youth, adults & families on their journey to their American dream. 

Thanks to  YOUR  support, we've empowered over 400,000 families to learn English, become US Citizens, start businesses, and improve their economic well-being.

Today, we are proud to share with you one of the lives you've changed  and  the work you've made possible - as a result of YOUR continued support.
Striving to Achieve, the Community Became Her Family

After reaching her dream, Gladys turned to helping others achieve theirs

Gladys Obando came to the United States from Panama at sixteen years old, leaving behind her family and everything she knew. While they stayed in close touch - joyfully celebrating everything from birthdays to Gladys' high school graduation by phone - she was alone to find her way in a new country.

Meanwhile, the community at HUF was present for her, helping Gladys realize that there are no limits to what she could achieve. After being referred to HUF by the Hepburn Center, she received help filing her taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at HUF. This completely free service helps clients find extra tax credits and maximize their refunds, channeling money back to the people who need it most.

With HUF at her side, Gladys refused to give up while pursuing her goals, trying again & again each time she experienced a setback. Soon, she became a volunteer so that she could help others on their journey to independence and prosperity. After earning completing extensive IRS training and receiving her Tax Preparation Certificate, Gladys joined HUF's staff for the VITA program. Over time, HUF has become not just her employer, but her family.

In striving for our own versions of the American dream, we are stronger together. Programs like VITA, which offers services in five different languages, supports diverse families and households. Like other HUF programs, VITA is powered by the generosity of donors and volunteers who believe in the future we can build together. 

Read more anniversary celebration stories in our blog!

>> Earlier this year, Ana Maria Ceballos, HUF's VITA Coordinator, and Gladys talked about the VITA program with the Univision 23 Miami. Click here to watch the interview in Spanish (fast-forward to minute 16:05).


As we celebrate our social impact over the last 35 years, w e are proud to
show you how far we've come in this eBook, a collection of 
short stories of individuals, families, funders, partners and staff, 
who have given HUF's clients their most precious gift: H ope!
All it took was one citizen who had a passion for positive change in 1982...  

Be part of our celebration! Join our mission of empowering a new generation of Americans  by making a tax-deductible donation today!
In honor of HUF's 35th Anniversary, we're excited to announce a 2-to-1 matched giving campaign!  Thanks to the generosity of the Kenny & Sandy Tate Family Fund and the Community Foundation of Broward, the impact of your gift will be TRIPLED and make a difference in the lives of our clients.

TRIPLE your impact today! No donation is too small to impact lives!

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