- On November 30, 2015
- In Editorial
This Giving Tuesday Light up the Orgullo at the Villa
Orgullo (pride) is a powerful thing. Orgullo can empower individuals to do great things in life. To feel orgullo, we need to believe first in ourselves and that is where the magic starts to happen. In the 60’s, this sense of pride led a group of Puerto Ricans to fight for what they believed in: Their Community. This movement led to the birth of IBA and the community of Villa Victoria in Boston’s South End. Nowadays, IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción has become a vibrant community development organization that creates affordable housing and education, workforce development, and arts programs. Today on Giving Tuesday, I wanted to give you our thanks, and to invite you, our friend, to help us light up the orgullo at the Villa. Your social investment will support our 360-wrap-around program focus that allows us to share our Latino Art and Culture with Boston, serve children since preschool, provide after-school and summer learning, support our youth’s development, open pathways to college and employment, and organize resident programs to meet their needs. Join our powerful history and help us add more success stories to the hundreds that already light up the orgullo at the Villa. There is no small amount when your donation is done on a monthly basis and it accrues with the investment from all our friends. This investment is key to sustain the services we provide to our low-income families and to continue the high caliber art programming at low or no cost to the general public. Benefits to your social investment This year, IBA is proud to share that we have been granted the Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) from Massachusetts. This allows donors to take advantage of a 50% credit of their donation when filing the state taxes. In order to take advantage of this benefit, the minimum donation is $1,000 annually. To facilitate this, IBA has created the mechanisms to receive monthly donations that could add up to this amount or more! I know we can count on your investment to keep our light up the orgullo at our Villa. Invite your family and friends to be part of our history and our inspiring work…because it takes a VILLA! Happy Holidays, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Ph.D....