Mary's Center recognized Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) during its Noche Tropical Gala on October 25, with its first ever Public Service Award. Mr. Moreno was honored for his support to Mary’s Center and for his role as a trailblazer through the Bank’s community relations efforts—the IDB-DC Solidarity Program.
As part of its corporate social responsibility program, the IDB builds strategic partnerships with local community organizations that provide social services to low-income Latino and Caribbean communities in the D.C. area. The IDB-DC Solidarity Program supports community development organizations through grant making, volunteerism, special drives and the donation of surplus equipment.
Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $4,443,500 in grants, donated more than 76,300 pieces of surplus equipment and other basic items such as toys, books, food, and clothes to the neediest segment of these communities. Thousands of people from local Latino and Caribbean communities have benefited from the Bank's support in areas such as health, childcare, youth development, education, immigration, employment, rehabilitation and violence prevention, among others. The IDB also works with the city government, private sector companies, and other key players to benefit the community. The IDB was a co-founder of the Hispanic in Philanthropy’s DC Collaborative, an initiative that grouped together for the first time the private sector, foundations and the local government to mobilize resources to support the capacity-building needs of the Latino community. In three years, this collaborative invested more than $1.2 million in local, Latino-led nonprofits.
Through the Noche Tropical Gala, Mary’s Center raised $440,000 to support its community programs. This year, Mary’s Center expanded its services beyond two existing health centers in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, Maryland, adding an additional health center and a senior wellness center in Ward 4 of the District. It also set in motion plans to open another Health center in Prince George’s County, Maryland. With this expansion, Mary’s Center served 5,000 more clients, an increase from 19,000 last year to 24,000 in 2011. The Mary’s Center staff also grew from 205 to 275.
The Inter-American Development Bank is the largest development bank in the region and is also the oldest. It is the primary source of multilateral financing for fostering economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean region.
Mary's Center is a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center founded in 1988, which provides comprehensive and integrated services to more than 24,000 individuals and families. The mission of Mary’s Center is to build better futures through delivery of health care, education and social services. Mary’s Center saves lives and creates stronger communities, one family at a time.