As of Oct. 1, Rochester’s Ibero-American Action League officially merged with Centro Civico.
The merger of the nonprofit organizations will create a vaster network of services throughout the upstate New York region, according to the boards of directors of both agencies. Centro Civico, with offices in Amsterdam and Albany, will become a division of Ibero, which already has offices in Buffalo and Waverly in the Southern Tier.
The two Latino organizations provide similar community services, such as 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 also will utilize Ibero’s experience to expand and grow in new areas.
“We find deep comfort in protecting our legacy and commitment to the growing Latino community during these unprecedented and challenging times,” Angelica Perez-Delgado, president and CEO of Ibero, said in an Oct. 1 press release. “This merger strengthens both organizations, and, now more than ever, it is crucial for those who serve vulnerable communities to work together.”
The merger was made possible through a grant from the United Way of Greater Rochester Synergy Fund. United Way’s Synergy Fund was designed to support nonprofit organizations in Monroe County with organizational transitions, restructuring and collaborations that increase operational efficiency and improve program services for both clients and members of the community.