2004: Networking group is created by pastor Kathryn Tiede as the “Alliance for Collaboration with the Hispanic Community / Alianza para la Colaboración con la Comunidad Hispana.”
2004-2007: Group meets monthly to exchange information about needs in the Hispanic community and resources available and collaborations are developed.
October 2008: Large, federal immigration raid creates humanitarian crisis in Greenville. There were 330 workers detained, many repatriated, and 80 people released on humanitarian grounds
In 2009 ACCH coordinated community-wide humanitarian response to crisis created by immigration raid conducted at Columbia Farms (the 2nd largest in the country). Our community response led to greater cohesion and collaboration among our members. Over 80 volunteers conducted intakes for nearly 300 immigrants, and ACCH mobilized resources to assist those detained & affected. We raise and llocated over $45,000 in 3 months and conducted multiple informational sessions for families and distribution of food drives between 2008 and 2009.
In January of 2009, the Hispanic Alliance in collaboration with Greenville Forward, held a summit “Our Community – Our Collaboration with Others” which brought together over 50 grassroots community leaders. Through inclusive dialogue, our network decided to become a non-profit.
Common vision and specific dreams and goals were identified:
- Community resource center where people can feel safe and access information in their language
- Become a non-profit and file for 501c3 status
- Creation of five community committees to carry the group’s vision forward: Organization, Health, Legal Access, Lower and Adult Education, and Community Inclusion
In July 2009 an interim Board of Directors was formed, and in August 2009 Dr. Keith Miller, President of Greenville Technical College, and Alfred Middleton, First Chair of ACCH signed an agreement to provide ACCH with office space at McAlister Square to serve as a resource center for the Hispanic population.
October 2009: Articles of Incorporation filed with SC
December 2009: Tax exemption application filed with IRS
January 2010: 1st Board of Directors is democratically elected. Nominations and elections were open to the membership and the community.
March 2010: 501(c)3 status is granted by IRS
2011: The Community Foundation and Gilreath Foundation grant funds to ACCH to develop our bilingual website and resource directory and community kiosks in the community (coming this Fall)
2012: Organization undergoes a rebranding process in preparation for website launch and adopts the name Hispanic Alliance / Alianza Hispana
2012: Through a strategic partnership with the United Way of Greenville County, Hispanic Alliance is granted capacity-building funds to hire its first Executive Director.