Spanish & Latinamerican Community Organization
SALCO is an independent Community organization, which works specifically with members of the Spanish Speaking Community.
SALCO’s experience and expansive network has made the organization a viable tool for reaching our community at the grassroots level.
Each service and project is supported by the commitment of passionate staff and committee members dedicated to the advancement and development of the community.
SALCO aims to unite and represent approximately 21 countries consisting of: Europe Spain and Latin America where there are nineteen (19) Spanish speaking and one Portuguese speaking countries located in North, South, Central America, and the West Indies. They are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico (US territory), Uruguay, and Venezuela. Latin America is a multicultural and multilingual region with a variety of ancestries, ethnic groups and races, making the region one of the most diverse and multicultural in the world.
SALCO's vision is to strengthen the Spanish speaking community.
We believe these full of rich traditions and positive cultures should be preserved for future generations to enjoy, encouraging participation in all aspects of Australian society; and offering a positive vision for the future.
We envision a cohesive and diverse community where all people are valued and empowered to participate and contribute to the health and prosperity of the Illawarra.
Our mission is to develop and empower our Spanish speaking community to thrive at home and in our community, by affirming and preserving the cultural heritage, providing an umbrella for services and by advocating for participation in the larger community. Creating opportunities for advancement and building bridges that unite and strengthen us all.
- To provide & co-ordinate approach to social/communal services for the Spanish speaking community
- To provide an information and referral service to individual clients in need of personal support/resourcing.
- To facilitate the involvement of the Spanish speaking community in other broad-base community activites and existing mainstream services.
- To provide an on-going community devlopment role by identifying community needs and developing appropriate strategies to respond to these needs.
- To provide a supportive and resourcing base for existing organisations within the Spanish speaking community.
Serve with respect and compassion
Help without encouraging dependency.
Commit to the development of the next generation of Spanish speakers and descendants .
Honour the many cultures of origin but build one society.
Collaborate with those serving Spanish speaking communities and share our knowledge and experience.
Involve volunteers at every level of the organization.
The families and individuals we serve give our mission meaning.
Our primary purpose is to provide essential services
in order to strengthen families in our community.