Connecting the Catholic Hispanic Community

El Tiempo Hispano

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), one of the largest faith-based international aid organizations in the United States and one of the world’s foremost agencies for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, further enhanced its outreach efforts to U.S. Hispanics.

Through an updated digital platform, CRS will offer Hispanics a better way to connect with each other and make a difference around issues and events that affect the lives of ordinary people in Latin America and around the world.

Coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month, CRS has upgraded its online outreach to Hispanics anchored by a revamped and retooled Spanish-language website and an upgraded presence across multiple social media channels.

These changes enable users to become better integrated into the online and offline extended CRS family by offering improved access to each other and to information on CRS efforts. Included among the updates are: ongoing education and sustainability initiatives, disaster relief, volunteer opportunities, project updates and opportunities to donate.

“Over the years, Hispanics have maintained a strong and growing relationship with CRS as they continue to comprise a greater portion of the overall Catholic Church in the United States and we want to enhance this relationship by providing better access to information, tools and resources to allow them to connect and give back to communities around the world that they care about,” said Lydia Dibos, senior adviser for Hispanic outreach, Catholic Relief Services.

“Given the fact that Hispanics have been the quickest to adapt to digital innovations, especially on mobile and social media platforms, it only makes sense that we offer these resources across multiple digital mediums.”

The 2010 Census made it clear that U.S Hispanics are the key drivers for growth across all other sectors in the country, including population, the economy, technology, and accessing content online.

U.S. Hispanics comprise 16 percent of the overall population and account for one in every two births in the country. The growth of the U.S. Hispanic market has also been keenly felt in the Catholic Church. Currently, 35 percent of the U.S. Catholic Church is Hispanic and fully 50 percent of Catholic Church members under the age of 25 are Hispanic…

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