November 06, 2001

The New York-based Hispanic Federation and its member organizations are providing assistance to the families of victims of Flight 587, most of whom were of Dominican descent.

Now in its eleventh year, the Hispanic Federation is a membership organization of 72 Latino health and social service organizations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Its mission is to strengthen Hispanic health and human service agencies, enabling them to better meet the needs of the growing Hispanic community and to obtain a greater portion of available resources. The Federation also helps its member agencies to provide the best possible services to the Latino community.

Cash Assistance to Victims' Families

The Hispanic Federation has established a Fund to provide bridge funding for families who lost loved ones as a result of the Flight 587 accident. This Fund provides cash assistance to victims' families with the goal of helping them meet their immediate needs until they receive assistance from American Airlines and other emergency assistance programs. The Hispanic Federation is working with seven member agencies to disburse the cash assistance to victims' family members, including spouses; parents; children and their guardian; siblings; and grandchildren.

Grants to Local Latino Agencies Providing Emergency Assistance

The Federation is also providing financial support to community agencies offering emergency services to families. These include:

· Case management
· Translation services
· Psychological and grief counseling
· Assistance filling out application forms for benefits
· Help accessing benefits to be provided by American Airlines and other emergency assistance programs.
· Referrals to specialized services
· Help with funeral arrangements
· Legal assistance
· Telephone use

Benefit Concert

Proceeds of the Hispanos Unidos Concert to be held at Madison Square Garden on December 9 will be donated to the Hispanic Federation's efforts to provide emergency assistance to victims of Flight 587 and the World Trade Center attacks. The concert will feature top names in the Latin music industry, among them Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, and Juan Luis Guerra. The concert is sponsored by Spanish Broadcasting Systems, which owns two leading Hispanic radio stations, La Mega 97.3 FM and Nueva Amor FM 93.1.


Make Your On-Line Donation Now


You can call us at (212) 233-8955


You can mail us a check or money order. Please mail it to:

Enrique Ball
Director of Development
Hispanic Federation
130 William Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Remember, donations of any size make a difference. And your contribution is tax deductible. Make your check payable to Hispanic Federation.


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