Conexiones Latinas de McLean County (formerly Hispanic Families Work Group) is a nonprofit organization consisting of volunteers who share a passion for improving and creating opportunities for Latino families in Bloomington-Normal and McLean County, Illinois. Conexiones Latinas is open to the public and members include representatives from local businesses, nonprofits, churches, and educational institutions. The group focuses on creating community through intercultural collaboration and has been connecting and bringing together Latinos in Central Illinois since 2004.
Conexiones Latinas de McLean County’s focus has always been on communications, by which it helps bring together, inform, and celebrate the Latino community. It offers many ways for Latinos in Bloomington-Normal to stay connected and continue to support the local community. You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter, call us directly, or visit this website for more information.
The group is currently working on:
- Bilingual Education Events and Outreach
- Bloomington-Normal Ballet Folklorico (assisted by an Arts and Culture Grant from Illinois Prairie Community Foundation)
- Little Library Project: Bilingual Children Books @ Western Ave Community Center
- Annual Bloomington-Normal Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (Sept-Oct)
- Dia de Muertes at the Children’s Discovery Museum (Nov)
- Friendraisers and social events
In April 2009, the HFWG (now Conexiones Latinas) published a community study which completed a two-year comprehensive analysis of the HIspanic and Latino community in Bloomington-Normal, McLean County, Illinois. In addition to demographic and socioeconomic data, this study addressed the the top 11 issues facing the Hispanic and Latino community and outlined the guiding areas of focus for the group.