Voces Unidas de las Montañas was founded in May 2020 by local Latina and Latino leaders and is the first Latino-created, Latino-led advocacy non-profit in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties.
Founder Alex Sánchez and co-founders Beatriz Soto, Janeth Niebla, Jasmin Ramirez and Blanca Uzeta O'Leary created the organization 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.
OUR VISION AND MISSION
Here at Voces Unidas, we envision a tri-county region where Latinas and Latinos are thriving, engaged and leading in all of our communities.
We do this by creating opportunities where Latinas and Latinos advocate for themselves, actively participate in all civic institutions and take leadership roles in all decision-making tables.
We are unapologetically Latino, and we take pride in who we are, what we represent and our contributions to the cultural, civic and economic fabric of our valleys.
We believe in self-determination and unleashing the power within each Latina and Latino.
We work with our own community to create the change that we want to see for ourselves and our families.
We fight to end unjust and inequitable social constructs that keep Latinas and Latinos from wealth, opportunities and power.
“I love that Voces Unidas is a Latino organization for Latinos. This is a fairly new organization that has opened the door for leaders to be empowered and it feels like our voices are finally being heard. Especially with COVID, Voces is working so hard in so many ways in all our valleys to make sure every member of our community is being helped no matter immigration status."
Cecilia Rios -- Local Community Leader & Latino Network '20-'21 Cohort
“I support Voces Unidas because it's a powerful Latino-led non-profit organization that has tirelessly fought for our Latino community to be heard and represented locally. They are always working to make sure that we have a voice in major discussions that affect our communities. They have been leading discussions on language justice and advocating to ensure our valley's residents have the tools they need to be involved, informed, and considered."
Junior Ortega -- Local Community Leader & Latino Network '20-'21 Cohort
“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
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Voces Unidas de las Montañas
HONORING THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE
As a social justice organization, we respectfully acknowledge the Ute People, who have stewarded the lands of the Colorado River, Eagle River and Roaring Fork valleys throughout the generations.