Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana Foundation: Seeking proposals for qualified bilingual instructorsfon Digital Literacy Training

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana Foundation (HCCLF) is seeking proposals from qualified bilingual instructors to deliver cohort-based Digital Literacy Training. The Digital Literacy Program has been developed by UNIDOSUS and is being administered through the HCCLF by means of a grant.

Section 1: Strategic Goal The mission of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana Foundation (HCCLF) is to foster the continued economic growth, development, and promotion of education within the Hispanic community by building capacity and helping find jobs and workforce opportunities in the Greater New Orleans Area.

In underserved communities, its programs teach participants, regardless of their age, to garner the skills needed for success in jobs of the future. The foundation strives to inspire program participants to create better futures for themselves and for their communities.

Through the Digital Literacy Training program the Foundation aims to bridge the digital divide in underserved communities to improve social mobility.

Section 2: Guidelines Decisions regarding program instructors and support provided are the sole discretion of HCCLF and are final.

This proposal should be submitted to HCCLF c/o Mayra Pineda to the following email: mpineda@hccl.biz with a subject line: 2020 Digital Literacy Program Proposal.

RFP Proposals must be submitted by December 20, 2019 by close of business. Proposals received after that date will not be considered.

Section 3: Scope, Focus and Objectives Scope The purpose of the Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit proposals from qualified instructors to deliver bilingual digital literacy training as per the specified modules developed by UNIDOSUS. UNIDOSUS has provided HCCLF with the PowerPoint presentations to be used along with recommended handouts; however, instructors will have permission to deliver the program as they see fit based on the needs and skill levels of the program participants, in so long as the integrity of the program itself is not compromised. Note that all PowerPoint presentations and handouts are in English but instructor may deliver additional information in Spanish as needed and/or for clarification of information presented.

The modules are to be delivered in six 8-week cohorts commencing January 2020 and ending by March 31, 2021. Typically the training will occur 3x/week for 3 hours/day. The cohorts may alternate with evening classes for cohort 1, daytime classes for cohort 2, etc. based upon demand. HCCLF will determine the specified training dates and timeframes with some input from the instructor.

The Digital Literacy Program modules are as follows:
 Goal Setting
 Computer Basics and Digital Literacy
 MS Office, Google Suite, Resume and Cover Letter
 Excel and Budgeting
 PowerPoint
 Financial Literacy
 Interview Skills
 Job Readiness

Upon selection, instructor will receive the UNIDOSUS PowerPoint presentations to review and prepare for delivery. Instructor will have the discretion to invite guest speakers as desired, such as job recruiters, banking representatives, etc.

Employment experience is one of the strongest catalysts for promoting economic opportunity. By connecting the most vulnerable populations to developmental training and opportunities to obtain meaningful jobs, participants are set on trajectories to improve their financial lives and those of generations to come.

The goal is to continue to be a leader in providing a literate and skilled workforce for several industries. This training provides the work-ready and soft skills critical in job search, interview prep, placement and retention. In regard to career counseling, employers are consulted via personal visits, phone conversations, and electronic communications to determine the areas of job placement needs, the requirements for the positions needed, and the most frequent positions generally needed.

Objectives & Outcomes
As per grant specifications, HCCLF must service 90 program participants, graduate 68 participants, and place in jobs or advance to education 48 of the participants over the course of the grant period, which ends March 31, 2021.

Instructor must be prepared to periodically report progress to UNIDOSUS on targeted outcomes, typically quarterly, and participate in mandatory webinar/conference calls to share best practices in program delivery, recruitment activities, and other items of interest.

Marketing/Public Relations opportunities are a key component of this program in order to recruit program participants.

Instructor must agree to collaborate with HCCLF on PR and marketing related activities, including gathering and publicizing participant stories, program results and program impact. Instructors are expected to support the periodic publication of participant stories and testimonials. Any external announcements will be mutually agreed upon.

Section 4: Requirements
 Fluency in English and Spanish
 Prior training experience

Appendix A: Guidelines
Applicant’s response to this proposal indicates his/her understanding and agreement that the proposal is not an offer to contract by HCCLF with applicant. HCCLF reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to withdraw or amend the proposal; to reject or disqualify proposals; to select or not select applicants; and/or to identify one or more proposal participants with whom HCCLF wants to solicit additional or supplemental proposals.

HCCLF reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and is not obligated to detail to applicants the reason for the selection or rejection of any proposal.

In the event of a selection, HCCLF will give notice to the selected applicant. However, HCCLF will not provide information concerning any selection, if any, to non-selected applicants.

Hispanic Small Business Forum: Vilma Tax Services and the IRS, Dec. 5th


We are co-hosting at Hispanic Small Business Forum in partnership with Vilma Tax Services and the IRS next week on Thursday Dec 5 from 9:30am to 11:30am at Lakeview Christian Center and would love for you to attend. We will be sharing key data on the local community of Latinx entrepreneurs, Vilma Bonilla will be discussing the basics of the ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number) and the IRS will be facilitating a round table discussion and identification of key issues. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about the various IRS Resources for Hispanic owned businesses, discuss key issues affecting your customers and our community. Please feel free to share with anyone you think needs to be there, the forum will be in English, but we will be able to provide basic translation if necessary.
The link to register is: https://hbtf2019.eventbrite.com
I’ve attached the JPEG version of the flyer as well 😉
Happy Thanksgiving! Hope to see you soon!
Lindsey Navarro
Executive Director
P: 504.264.2371 | www.elcentrola.org
O: 504.503.1040
4334 Earhart Blvd., Ste 700,
New Orleans, La 70125

VOAD Interest Meeting, Dec. 12th or Dec. 16th


This summer a steering committee from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, HandsOn New Orleans, NOSHEP, Salvation Army, Second Harvest, and United Way began meeting to form an official Greater New Orleans Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.   We’re excited to invite your organization to become a member!

Membership is free and open to any organization, association, nonprofit, faith-based, civic, or unincorporated group that seeks to join.  Please feel free share with any of your colleagues not on this list (full list is below signature).

There are 3 steps to take:

  1. Choose one of two informational meeting to attend.
  2. Complete the membership application.
  3. Review the attached proposed by-laws for approval at January 2020 meeting (TBD)

INFORMATION MEETINGS  RSVP HERE.   Attendance is encouraged but not required for membership. Phone conference line is below.

Thursday, December 12  9:00am- 10:00am  -OR- Monday, December 16  3:00pm-4:00pm

Epstein Room

2515 Canal St. NOLA 70119

Free parking is available behind the United Way building off Iberville or in the First Pentecostal Church lot on Canal and N. Dorgenois.

Dial In Phone Number:   712-832-8330   Pin:  4388490#



  • Open membership
  • Jurisdiction is Jefferson and Orleans parishes.  May grow to include Plaquemines and St. Bernard in the future.
  • Must join one or more Standing Committees in the areas of Disaster Preparedness, Response, Recover, or Mitigation depending on your organization’s capacity and expertise.
  • Standing committees are free to create goals and subcommittees to further their objectives.
  • Each organization shall have voice with as many representatives as desired but only one vote during meetings.

Please let me know if you have questions and hope to see you at the information meeting!

(504) 319 – 9883

PS: This list is:

211/Via Link
Advocacy Center
Air BnB Open Homes
American Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division Disaster Legal Services
Baptist Community Ministries
Cajun Army
Cajun Navy Relief
Camp Restore
Catholic Charities NO
Catholic Charities NO Deaf Action Center
City of New Orleans Neighborhood Office of Engagement – Faith Liason
Common Ground Relief
Congress of Day Laborers (Congreso)
Family Justice Center
Franklin Avenue Baptist Church
GOHSEP FAN Committee
Greater New Orleans Association of the Deaf
Greater New Orleans Foundation
Greater St.Stephens Baptist Church
Habitat for Humanity
Hands On New Orleans
Language Access Coalition
Language Access Coalition & Latino Forum
Lighthouse Louisiana
Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief
Louisiana Bar Association
Louisiana Conservation Corps
Louisiana State Animal Response Team LSART
Lousiana  VOAD
Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church
Medical Reserve Corps
New Orleans Baptist Association
New Orleans Baptist Association
New Orleans Black Deaf Advocates
New Orleans Breastfeeding Center
New Orleans Council on Aging
Nola Tree Project
Presbytery of South Louisiana
Project Fleur-de-lis
Rebuilding Together
Red Cross SELA
Salvation Army
Second Harvest
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Team Rubicon
The Pro Bono Project
UMCOR  Louisiana
United Saints Recovery Project
United Way SELA
Upbring Lutheran Disaster Relief & LA VOAD

Regional Planning Commission and WSP: Stakeholder Working Group for the New Links Transit Redesign, Dec. 18th

The Regional Planning Commission and WSP will be convening the stakeholder working group for the New Links transit redesign on Wednesday, December 18th.
You will receive two calendar invitations for this meeting:
  • Wednesday, 12/18 from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 12/18 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Please feel free to RSVP for either of the two sessions (format and content are identical, so there is no need to attend both).
Meetings will be held at the Regional Transportation Management Center (10 Veterans Boulevard, New Orleans, between Pontchartrain and West End Boulevards at the I-610 exit).
At this meeting, the RPC and WSP will provide an update on the project, review the findings from Phase 1, and gather feedback on the scenarios for a redesigned transit network being developed for Phase 2.
WSP will circulate an agenda and supporting materials prior to the meeting. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Samuel Buckley
Transportation Planner
Regional Planning Commission
Office: 5044838501
Cell:    5043008502