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El Comite wants a new headquarters

Group helps local Latinos
citizenship photo Rosie and Jose
El Comite de Longmont case manager Rosy Quiroz helps Jose work on his citizenship application. (Photo courtesy of El Comite of Longmont)

El Comite has outgrown its long-time home at 455 Kimbark St. and wants someplace bigger.

“The bottom line is that we don’t fit here anymore,” El Comite Executive Director Donna Lovato said.  

Lovato hopes to use a portion of Boulder County’s Worthy Cause fund to secure a new location, hopefully by the end of the year. She said wants to find a new building close to a transit line in Longmont.

The advocacy group for area Latinos now houses five full time staff members and one part-timer. Two teachers work out of the 1,200-square-foot El Comite building and volunteers also use the space to teach citizenship and English classes, Lovato said.

El Comite also recently hosted COVID-19 vaccination clinics and another one is scheduled Aug. 14, she said.

“We just have so much going on and we love where we are,” Lovato said. “But it’s time to find someplace else.”

El Comite resides in a city-owned building and neighboring Central Presbyterian Church handles the spillover of activities. 

Worthy Cause allocates a portion of sales tax revenue to Boulder County nonprofit human service agencies for capital projects, including the purchase of land or buildings, construction, renovation or debt reduction, according to the Boulder County website.

Worthy Cause funds are allocated through a competitive grant process. The application deadline for Worthy Cause funds is Aug. 16.

“When they announced these grant funds were available, we said ‘We’ll let’s do it,’” Lovato said. “That’s what we are concentrating on now.”