NCLR Honors Erie House with Affiliate Award for 2nd Consecutive Year


July 26, 2016 | Chicago, IL


The nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization presented its Affiliate of the Year awards this morning in Orlando.

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) honored Erie Neighborhood House with its 2016 Midwest Affiliate of the Year award this morning in Orlando. The award presentation took place during NCLR’s Affiliate Leadership Breakfast, part of the organization’s annual conference that wraps up later today at the Orange County Convention Center.

Erie House earned the regional affiliate award for the second year in a row from the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, having received the 2015 honor at last year’s NCLR annual conference in Kansas City, Mo., and the Family Strengthening Award honoring its Proyecto Cuídate program the year prior to that.

NCLR’s affiliate network is comprised of 240 member organizations spread across 6 geographic regions. One organization from each region was honored during the breakfast event in addition to the National Affiliate of the Year award recipient.

“We feel honored to have received the Midwest affiliate award again this year,” said Kirstin Chernawsky, executive director at Erie House. Chernawsky noted the competitive nature of the regional awards, which are accompanied by a $5,000 grant to support general operations, and the high quality of work being done by fellow affiliate members of NCLR.

“It means a lot to receive this level of affirmation for the work our staff is doing in the Latino community each and every day,” she said. “We are proud to be part of this collective effort to work for justice and create opportunities for Latinos across the country.”

The conference was held in Orlando a little more than a month following the June 12 Pulse nightclub massacre, and NCLR paused during the conference to remember the lives of those who died and to affirm solidarity with the Latinx community. Significant energy was also devoted to advocacy efforts and mobilizing voters in advance of the general election on November 8.

“We are extremely grateful for the leadership and support NCLR provides,” said Chernawsky, who accepted the award alongside Erie House director of development Paula King. “It’s important for us to attend events like this. They remind us that we at Erie House are part of much greater movement that is producing substantial change in the Latino community and our society at large.”

For more information on Erie House and its eleven core program areas designed to educate and empower low-income, primarily Latino families, please visit

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Erie Neighborhood House (ENH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that reaches 18,000 people annually, empowering them to build better lives while strengthening their communities. ENH offers Chicago’s Latinx and diverse low-income residents a range of community-based education programs. With forward-thinking leadership, ENH is committed to continuing its legacy of cost effective, award-winning programming. For more information, please visit

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