Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and Leadership Evansville Executive Director Lynn Miller-Pease announced that the next VOICE community visioning session will be conducted in collaboration with local non-profit organization HOLA to engage the Latino community in creating Evansville’s preferred future.
This special HOLA VOICE session will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Nativity Catholic Church, 3635 Pollack Ave. The session will be conducted in both Spanish and English to facilitate communication, and is open to everyone.
“For our Latino community, this represents a time to speak in their own language about their dreams and visions of being part of this vibrant and diverse community; sharing their cultural gifts and hopes for a better Evansville,” said Abraham Brown of Holy Name Catholic Church and a HOLA director. “Viva VOICE for giving us an opportunity to be heard, to dream out loud, and best of all, in our own language!”
HOLA Executive Director Monica Landaeta added, “We are honored to be asked as partners for this great initiative and cannot wait to live the Evansville that we all dream!”
Upcoming VOICE Sessions:
• March 21, 2013 – Memorial Baptist Church, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
• April 3, 2013 – Eastland Mall, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Beginning in January and continuing through March, Evansville area school children from grade school to high school are participating in VOICE sessions of their own. These meetings are giving more than 1,500 young people across the community the opportunity to share their hopes, dreams and ideas for Evansville’s future.
Founded in Evansville in 2002, HOLA is a non profit organization that was created to enhance appreciation of cultural diversity and to promote the successful inclusion of Latinos in the community.
Through facilitated sessions, VOICE brings together diverse members of the community to discuss their dreams for Evansville in an open forum. The facilitation is led in such a way that respectful conversations will occur, all voices are heard, and opinions will be documented, ensuring that the entire community has the opportunity to take part in creating a desired future.