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Hispanics Active in Community Service

September is Hispanic Heritage Month, and as home to the third-largest Hispanic population in the United States, the Latino community’s presence in Houston is making itself known on local and national levels.

UH freshman, Christina De la Fuente, 18, helped the community in her own way. As a member of Communities in School, a high school graduates program geared to create a bond between students and the real world through public service , De la Fuente spent her summer interning at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.

Being a patient care assistant changed her life. After the summer, she switched majors from business to nursing.

“[Volunteering] helps you grow as a person and makes you appreciate your community, and it makes you feel like you’re doing something productive with your time,” De la Fuente said.

Brothers, Miguel, 28, and Ezequiel Ortuño, 24, decided to create their own company when they saw the need for it. Starting as a t-shirt company six years ago, Espuma Apparel has now become a full-fledged company providing graphic design needs to corporate and student organizations.

The Ortuños also like to spend their free time as high school soccer coaches. One of the teams they coached approached them with a problem.

“They were playing in t-shirts and the school didn’t want to sponsor the team because it wasn’t official,” said Miguel Ortuño. “So what we did is we bought and sponsored their uniforms.”

Both have full-time jobs in the oil and gas industry, alongside their company, but still find the time to volunteer whenever they can.

One local nonprofit organization, Recursos Hispanos, aims to provide support to the community with educational resources, including online English tutorials, a hotline to answer questions, and other services as a guide to help people in need. A native of Mexico City with an American education, executive director Robin Caldwell Guzman, hopes his first-hand experience will allow him to further assist Houstonians.

“We are trying to provide the Hispanic community with a step on the path to achieving a level playing field here in the US,” said Guzman. Recursos Hispanos plans to open its doors within a few months and eventually branch out to become a national organization.

Making a difference in your community can be at a local, state, and national level, but the impact is the same.