Centro Civico, a Latino non-profit organization serving Amsterdam and the Capital Region, has merged with Ibero-American Action League, the two organizations said on Friday. Centro Civico will become a division of Rochester’s Ibero-American Action League.
“The opportunities this merger brings for the community are very exciting,” said long-time Centro Civico board President Roberto Ochoa. “We look forward to working with Ibero to expand the range of services we provide to individuals and families we serve in Amsterdam and the entire Capital Region.”
With an annual operating budget of $14 million and nearly 300 employees, Ibero offers a variety of services including early childhood programs, youth services, family support services, employment services, entrepreneurial assistance, group homes for the developmentally disabled, housing development, a senior center and a 24-hour Latin FM radio station.
Centro Civico offers many of the same services and will leverage Ibero’s experience to expand in new areas.
In addition to its Rochester headquarters, Ibero also has facilities in Buffalo and in the Southern Tier town of Waverly.
“We find deep comfort in protecting our legacy and commitment to the growing Latino community during these unprecedented and challenging times,” said Ibero President and CEO Angelica Perez-Delgado. “This merger strengthens both organizations and now more than ever, it is crucial for those who serve vulnerable communities to work together.”
Many of the expenses from the merger were covered by a grant from the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. Synergy Fund.
“This merger is the result of years of hard work and dedication from our partners at the Ibero American Action League and Centro Civico to best serve their consumers,” said Jennifer Cathy, chief impact officer at United Way. “United Way is thrilled to be able to provide this support, thanks to many generous donors, through its Synergy Fund with a focus on how to best meet the needs of local communities.”