Support and Empower the Latino Community in Dare County, North Carolina
We collaborate with the public schools to support the education of English Learners through our Family Literacy Program.
We support families and employers by offering English language classes during the off season.
We offer up-to-date legal information regarding immigration issues.
We build bridges between the Latino and Anglo communities by linking services, sharing information, and supporting community activities such as the Roanoke Island Community Garden.
Two bilingual co-directors share the challenge of the strategic and operational responsibility for Mano al Hermano's staff and volunteers, programs, and fund-raising. This team represents and promotes the organization, continually striving to expand its reach and impact.
Our Board reflects the community we serve. Five are bilingual and seven are Latino representing Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Honduras, and Puerto Rico. Our Anglo members work with the Latino community as educators, publicists, medical professionals, and interpreters.
We have come a long way thanks to the support of community members and organizations, and funding from the Outer Banks Community Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Dare Education Foundation, and the Raymond J. and Mary C. Reisert Foundation.
Mano al Hermano began in 2003 as a local Latino support group led by Sister Arcadia Rivera for several years. The concept was revived by Ginger Candelora in 2010 as a spin off from the Interfaith Community (ICO). Mano al Hermano received 501(c)3 status on April 26, 2011.