Voces Unidas de las Montañas was founded in May 2020 by local Latina and Latino leaders and is the first Latino-created advocacy nonprofit in the central mountain region of Colorado.
The organization was created to elevate the voices of Latinas and Latinos, create opportunities where Latinas and Latinos can advocate for themselves, and increase Latina and Latino representation and participation in decision-making tables.
We work in Summit, Lake, Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties, with physical offices in Glenwood Springs, Frisco and Denver.
In 2022, Voces Unidas accomplished the following:
- More than 3,913 people participated in more than 5,009 advocacy, organizing and policy activities/actions;
- 400-plus leaders participated in the 2022 Latino Advocacy Day in Denver and 15 leaders traveled to D.C. to meet with congressional leaders;
- Commissioned two historic statewide nonpartisan polls, surveying more than 2,000 Latino voters, and released comprehensive reports to help local communities better address the needs of Latinos;
- Helped local leaders organize successful local campaigns to hold local governments/systems accountable;
- Created opportunities for local leaders to testify and help inform 6 successful pieces of legislation during the 2022 legislative session;
- Graduated and supported 13 participants via our year-round leadership programs;
- Launched a comprehensive, bilingual GOTV campaign, reaching more than 24,779 Latino voters in the Western Slope;
- Helped to educate voters on 10 successful local and statewide ballot issues;
- and more
"Voces Unidas has been an awakening for me. I never knew that I could be part of changing systems that affect me and my community. The values of the organization align with mine, and they help amplify my voice and help elevate my leadership to support my community." -- Elizabeth Velasco, Local Community Leader
"Participating in the Latino Network is one of the most important and rewarding things I've ever done. It's been so gratifying to be able to connect with other Latino leaders in my community and share our stories, ambitions, hardships, and triumphs as we learn more about ourselves and one another together. The curriculum is impactful and covers very important topics that empower us to go into the world and continue to effect change as we advocate for ourselves and our community." -- Steven Arauza, 2022 Latino Network Program Graduate