Our Founders Orlando Ariza, Martha Otero & Mike Cruz
Orlando Ariza, Mike Cruz and Martha Otero came together in 1994 to create an organization that would alleviate the social problems of the Latino community in the city of Long Beach, New York. They started with meetings at the public library with 30 to 40 people participating. A year later they decided to make it official and turned it into a non-profit organization. From offering Socio-Economic Development programs to stimulate leadership and generate environmental and cultural awareness, to encouraging educational and Civic Participation through one-on-one meetings and public events. Here at LBLCA, we are devoted to building a better future for the members of our community.
To empower and advocate for communities and individuals in crisis and need towards self reliance by providing resources and access to opportunity networks.
We advocate for empowering individuals and communities towards self reliance by providing resources for all individuals in crisis and in need of services essential to their growth as well as access to a better quality of life.
Pathway to Citizenship: Provide guidance leading to legal status, residency and citizenship.
Green Light: Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act.
Census 2020: Outreach and education to participate in census; recruited and trained from bilingual census takers from the community.