LATINO OUTREACH "safegaurding values and reaching out to latino families"
Puertas Abiertas helps our partner agencies outreach to the Latino community in Napa County through announcements, presentations, and participation at community events. Puertas Abiertas also hosts a radio show on KVON 1440 on the second Sunday of the month at 8:15am.
We also promote Latino culture with different activities throughout the year.
Napa County has a long history of welcoming immigrants and is home to a growing multi-ethnic and multicultural Latino population, including citizens originating from: Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, all of whom are welcome and very much appreciated.
The diverse Latino population in Napa County makes a significant economic contribution and has other profound positive influences on our community through their strong commitment to family, faith, education, hard work, culture and service.
That Napa Valley Community Foundation conducted a study on the economic impact of the Latino community in Napa County, read it here.
Some highlights from the study:
Immigrants in Napa County annually account for as much as$1 billion of the region’s Gross Domestic Product. Although Latino immigrant households earn approximately $30,000 less than non-immigrant households, they pay into state and local tax coffers at a rate that is proportional to their share of the County’s population.
The region is being transformed as a result of immigration. Approximately 32,000 individuals, or 23% of Napa County’s population, are foreign-born. This is slightly below the statewide average of 27%. Two-thirds of Napa County’s immigrants are from Mexico or Latin America, but the fastest-growing immigrant population is Filipinos in American Canyon. Additionally, two-thirds of Napa County’s immigrants have been in the Napa Valley for 10 to 20 years or more, and two-thirds are naturalized citizens or Legal Permanent Residents.
Researchers found that immigrants are over-represented in the Napa Valley workforce. While immigrants are only 23% of the population, they account for 33% of the region’s workforce. Additionally, 89% of Latino immigrant men in Napa County are working. Immigrants represent a very significant part of the workforce in various sectors, accounting for 73% of the agricultural workforce; 39% of the manufacturing workforce; 37% of the construction workforce; and, 29% of the hospitality workforce.
Napa County, which thrives on the diversity and ingenuity of all our people, also depends on the continued support and success of our diverse Latino population. We will continue to be enriched by the transcultural contributions of our Latino friends and neighbors for many decades to come, and we will continue to make efforts to create an inclusive environment where we all can thrive. For information on all events and activities for the Latino Heritage Month, please visit the project Facebook page: Napa Valley Latino Heritage on Facebook >
Listen to this StoryCorps interview between Napa County Board of Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza and community Leader Conchita Maruscish (Interview in English).