Delaware is fortunate to be the home of several associations formed by groups of people and families that seek to keep their culture, values and traditions alive. Last year, a group of people from the Hispanic community were invited to participate in a multicultural festival organized by the Indo-American Association of Delaware. Associations representing China, Korea, the Philippines, Nepal, and other groups also participated in the festival. Inspired by this experience, the Hispanic delegation decided to dedicate itself voluntarily to the arduous work of establishing the Hispanic-American Association of Delaware as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Latino culture, strengthening the Hispanic family, and facilitating opportunities among its members. The project of the association, quickly aroused the interest of the Hispanic community and several people volunteered to help organize it. After flyers were given inviting all those who wanted to help, around 25 people, including fathers and mothers, grandparents, young people, and people from different countries and educational levels, took the leadership of different committees to make the project a reality as an effort of the COMMUNITY FOR THE COMMUNITY.
The first and historic board of directors was formed to, among other things, perform the difficult task of gathering all the paperwork and doing the entire process of establishing a nonprofit organization at the state and federal levels. The members of the Board of Directors are currently Gerardo Plasencia, Aurora Colin, Reverend Carlos Ochoa, Elder Ayala (treasurer), Ana Fields (secretary), Noé Trujillo (vice-president) and Ronaldo Tello (president). Also collaborated Guadalupe Castañeda, Juan Jose Cupa, Yara Montenegro, and Laura Leos. Thanks to the voluntary work of this Board of Directors, who dedicated many hours a week to this work, the Hispanic-American Association of Delaware is ready for its inauguration and to seek to fulfill its goals.