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Centro Campesino Inc

To improve the lives of members of the Latino and migrant community in southern Minnesota through community organizing, education, and advocacy.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 2/21/2012
216 N Oak Ave
Owatonna, MN 55060
Phone: 507-446-9599
Fax: 507-446-1101
Other Names Used Centro Campesino Por Los Cambos Hacia Adelante
EIN 41-1945775
Principal Staff Ernesto Velez, Executive Director
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 5.5
Number of Volunteers 60
Number of Clients Served 1800
Tags / Keywords Higher Education, Treatment & Prevention, Civil Rights/Advocacy
General Information
Board Chair Raymundo Diaz
Number of Board Members 10
Board meetings with quorum 5
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 6.2
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
• Trained 15 new Latino youth as community leaders • Trained and developed 15 new community leaders under our Leadership Academy • Effectively lobbied US House members to vote “yes” on DREAM ACT bill • Educated 243 Latino immigrants about their rights through seven immigration workshops. • Organized 21 workers that went on strike against Ronnel Management Services. All workers returned to work, got paid money owed, and an abusive manager was fired. • Recruited 86 new members for the youth network • Registered 35 new Latino voters • Obtained the Board of Immigration Appeals certification to allow us to provide affordable immigration services • Opened the first Worker Center in St. Peter, MN providing workers in the area with education and resources to protect their rights • Through our college access program we served a total of 89 students and 42 parents via workshops, college visits, and individualized assistance. • 13 Latino seniors in our program applied and went on to college. • Provided comprehensive health and preventative education to 727 community members about high blood pressure, diabetes, and breast and cervical cancer through walk-ins, one to one encounters and community events. • In collaboration with Allina Hospital opened a pilot free clinic and provided 46 free doctor consultations to low income community members. • Provided comprehensive HIV education and 105 clients received free HIV testing. • Provided a comprehensive list of direct services and prepared 470 free tax returns for our constituents.
Current Goals
These are our goals for 2011: Goal 1: To organize and empower Latino immigrants in rural Minnesota to fight for immigration policy reform and work at the local level to eliminate or prevent anti-immigrant policies. Goal 2: To organize and empower Latino immigrants in rural Minnesota to educate them about their rights and fight for policy changes that improve their working conditions. Goal 3: To empower Latino youth to act on issues impacting their lives and their community and work to create positive changes in education policy. Goal 4: To educate Latino parents and students about the importance of going to college while providing the necessary information and resources to send students to college. Goal 5: To provide basic checkups and preventative education in order for the Latino community to increase it access to health care and a healthy lifestyle. Goal 6: To provide quality direct services based on the needs of our members and constituents in order to improve their lives and help them succeed.
Community or Constituency Served
Latino families in southern Minnesota
Geographic Area Served
Southern Minnesota
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $457,822 88.3%
Management: $56,832 11%
Fundraising: $3,581 .7%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2010 2009 2008
End of Year: $464,846 $384,273 $423,787
Beginning of Year $384,273 $423,787 $262,359
Difference $80,573 ($39,514) $161,428
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $464,846
Based on information provided on 2008 to 2010
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