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ABOUT US

Our Mission

Latinos NYC was founded in 2008 and incorporated in 2015 as a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals in our communities by providing food, clothing, books and more. Recognizing the diversity and talent within the Latinx culture of New York City, we utilize art, live performances and community events to increase awareness, raise funds for our charitable services, as well as collecting goods/donations to distribute to those in need. 

Ultimately our mission is to clothe, feed and educate the less fortunate by focusing on the communities that we live in and serve. This mission is based on the undeniable truth that every one matters and we are all connected. If we honor this fundamental belief then there should be no reason that anyone should go without. Every person deserves to be treated with dignity and shown that they are deserving of love and have a purpose. 

Founder

Raul K. Rios, besides being a well-respected figure in the community, hails from the Nuyorican Poets’ Café. He is a Poet, Mentor, Substance Abuse/HIV/Mental Health Counselor, Minister, as well as the Founder of LatinosNYC.

He is actively involved in his community and other communities; he has produced a number of Poetry shows throughout New York City, many being held at the famous Nuyorican Poets’ Café, the Mecca of urban poetry. In addition, Raul has performed, as a feature or Open Mic, at Books in the Hood, Salsa Caterer’s, at the Tato Laviera tribute held at the prestigious New York University, The 5 C Club, El Taller (Julio De Burgos) Caza Azul, as well as Cemi Underground.

His personal mission is to “make sure that the future of people, regardless of gender, culture or race, are secure and that they never go without a meal, clothing or a place to lay their head.” Through the love and compassion of others, he wishes that his dream be shared through the generosity of his contributors who hope to effect positive change in the lives of many by supporting events he has single-handily organized.

He founded Latinos NYC after recognizing that the several ills in his community were being overlooked. From serving in the US Army from 1981-1986, he retained the duties of the oath that he took and dedication to accomplish his mission. These are the characteristics  that Latinos NYC was founded upon.  Loyalty, perseverance and compassion.

Through his organization,  he seeks to help all who are in need and does his best to make sure that all of our children and their families are secure through education, presentations, and donations. Furthermore, he hopes that through the events he organizes positive change through action, education and the arts will become a reality.

The name Latinos NYC, derives out of the mosaic that is the Latinx culture within New York City. A contrasting conglomerate of shades, dialects, customs and more that somehow share a thread of similarity, making the diaspora so vastly unique, and congruent simultaneously. 

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