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Office of Latino Affairs Newsletter

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Office of Latino Affairs Newsletter



Iowa Latino Hall of Fame

Latino Day on the Hill

Latino Service Providers Coalition

Latino & Hispanic Heritage Month

Latinos Can Coalition

PILA(Association of Iowa Latinx Professionals)

Queer Communities of Color Coalition


·211 Iowa

·Bilingual/Latino Mental Health Providers


·Interpretation and Translation Services

·Latin-American and Spain Embassies & Consulates

·Latino Social Service Organizations

·Latinos in Iowa 2018 Report

·Latino Media

·Interactive Public Benefits Map 



Iowa Latinos in Leadership Positions

Marshalltown City Planner

Caleb Knutson

Congratulations to Caleb Knutson, Commissioner with the Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs for his new position as Marshalltown's City Planner. 

Biography: Caleb was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and grew up in rural Iowa. After his freshman year of college he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado to work for a humanitarian-focused nonprofit. In 2010, Caleb returned back to rural Iowa, where he currently resides with his wife and three children. Upon returning, Caleb finished his Bachelor of Arts and a master's degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University.

Caleb is an active member of his community, serving as a board member for Story City’s Greater Chamber Connection, where he is the Economic Vitality chair. This past August he was appointed to the Empower Rural Iowa: Grow Taskforce.

Latino Service Providers Coalition

Des Moines


Des Moines Latino Service Providers Coalition Meetings

January 9, 2020. 9:00 AM to 11: 00 AM

For more information or to be added to the email list, please contact us.



Marshalltown Latino Service Providers Coalition Meetings

January 28, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

If you work with the Latino community and would like to join the coalition meeting, please contact us.


Announcements and Community Events

Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers 


The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Find a VITA or TCE Site Near You

VITA and TCE sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations across the country. To locate the nearest VITA or TCE site near you, use the VITA Locator Tool or call 800-906-9887.


IRS VITA tax sites are located throughout Iowa and partner with organizations including Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offices in some locations. 

County Extension and Outreach offices hosting VITA sites for the current tax year include:

United Way of Central Iowa VITA sites in Des Moines are open until April 15 unless otherwise noted.

Polk County River Place
2309 Euclid Ave., Room 3A 
Monday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tuesday 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thursday 5-7 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens January 22

United Way of Central Iowa
1111 9th St., Room E
Monday 5-7 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday 5-7 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

(German and Bosnian available on Monday evenings and Spanish on Saturdays)
Opens January 22

Sites and times are subject to change. Please call 2-1-1 for the most current information.

Now Accepting Nominations: dsm LGBTQ Legacy Leader Awards


Public Charge: Does this apply to me?

Learn how Public Charge affects you. Click on the links below for information in other languages.

Amharic | Arabic | Burmese | Chinese | French | Haitian Creole | Hindi | Korean |  Spanish | Vietnamese (PIF) October 24, 2019*

Public Charge

About the 2020 Census


Race in the Heartland Report

Race Report

Citizenship Classes in SIOUX CITY


Interview and Negotiate- Hosted by IowaWORKS (Sioux City)

interview and negotiate

Protecting our Youth from Conversion Therapy: A Panel Discussion - DES MOINES

Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the Des Moines Library from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Protecting our Youth from Conversion Therapy

Grand Opening of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley Teen & Educational Center - WATERLOO

Boys and girls club

Volunteers Needed - Davenport


Calling all aspiring volunteers! Are you looking for an awesome and fulfilling way to stay active this winter? We are in need of volunteers for a wide variety of needs here at the shelter. Join us on Thursday, January 16th for a summary of how you can get involved as a volunteer at the Humane Society of Scott County. What better way to spend your free time than helping pets in need.

To save time during the orientation, please fill out an application prior to orientation and bring it with you. These can be found here

8th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference

One Iowa

This conference is aimed at addressing the health inequities and disparities LGBTQ Iowans continue to experience in our state. Health care professionals and community members alike gather to hear from key experts, participate in interactive workshops, and collaborate and connect with one another.

Attendees will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to cultivate safe and welcoming health care environments for LGBTQ Iowans throughout the state. 

Diversity Days at the University of Northern Iowa


·Black Students and Families Visit DaySaturday, March 7, 2020

·LatinX Students and Families Visit Day: Saturday, March 7, 2020

·Independent Student Visit Day: Friday, April 17, 2020

Upcoming Commission Events

Commission Meeting | 01/31/2020 | Storm Lake

Latino Day on the Hill | 03/09/2020 | Iowa State Capitol

Commission Meeting | 05/22/2019 | Muscatine 



Iowa Department of Human Rights

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