Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate and reflect on the culture, traditions and inspiring contributions of Hispanic Americans in our community.
Valley of the Sun United Way believes that one of our community’s greatest strengths is our diversity. We are working hard to create a stronger community that is inclusive for everyone, where every child, family and individual as every opportunity to succeed.
Valley of the Sun United Way President and CEO, Carla Vargas Jasa, shared her Hispanic heritage story. Her parents migrated to the United States from Paraguay. Paraguay was under a dictatorship at the time and Carla’s father was banned from the country after being involved in a protest. He and other activists were fighting for the right to fair elections.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to support nonprofits who focus on supporting and empowering the Hispanic and Latin o/a/x community.
Valley of the Sun United Way’s new Pathways to Economic Opportunity program serves Hispanic and Black Young Women in Maricopa County. We are currently seeking Black and Latina professional women who are experts in their field to participate in this mentorship initiative.
Want to sign up? Fill out our interest form by October 15th.
Celebrate the culture and creativity of the Hispanic and Latin a/o/x community by supporting our local small businesses. The Valley is home to dozens of amazing restaurants and shops.
The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has a directory that lists great places to check out. Check out the directory.
You can also shop handmade goods from small businesses nationwide on websites like, Etsy or Shopify.
There are many events taking place across the Valley during this month-long celebration. Events can include traditional dances, live music, art exhibits, markets and food festivals. Support your local community by showing up and taking part in the fun!
Valley of the Sun United Way knows that diversity is what makes our community stronger. We are committed to creating a more inclusive future for Arizonans and their families. We will lead by example, sharing best practices, learnings, as well as remaining open to listening and learning from others. It takes more than compassion. It takes intentional, ongoing effort and action.
Learn more about our commitment to DEAI and our goals for the community.