Latinos Making a Difference (LMD) is the latest initiative of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino. Our mission is to tell the story of how Latinos have contributed greatly to our nation throughout its history—both then and now—from the founding of our nation to making a difference during the COVID-19 crisis.

For over 500 years, Latinos have played an instrumental role in the founding and building of our nation; serving, fighting, and dying in every war we have ever had. Whenever our nation has faced a turning point or a crisis, the Latino community was there to have an impact and make a difference.

The current COVID-19 crisis is no different.

The Friends of the American Latino Museum campaign was created to highlight not only the stories of America’s past but also from today. That is why we are presenting our Latinos Making a Difference (LMD) initiative: a series of stories of Latino leaders, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and ways that you can be part of making a difference.

If you have an LMD story to share, please send a short description of the story along with a photo and links of any media coverage by clicking below. We look forward to showcasing the strength and impact of our community through our networks for the benefit of all.

Featured Latino Making a Difference

Award-winning chef & Nobel Prize nominee José Andrés, along with the incredible team at World Central Kitchen, have worked tirelessly to distribute meals to those in need, activate chefs to help meet the need for meal service, and keep local restaurants working. Thank you for all that you do!

According the World Central Kitchen website, “after six weeks of WCK’s Relief Team working around the clock, our #ChefsForAmerica response to COVID-19 has served more than 3 million meals to vulnerable communities and frontline healthcare workers in over 155 cities in more than 25 states and territories. We are now serving nearly 200,000 meals each day across the country.”

The Time magazine article can be found HERE.

Latinos Making a Difference

José Andrés: World Central Kitchen

Award-winning chef & Nobel Prize nominee José Andrés, along with the incredible team at World Central Kitchen, have worked tirelessly to distribute meals to those in need, activate chefs to help meet the need for meal service, and keep local restaurants working. Thank you for all that you do! According to the World Central Kitchen website, “after […]

Iveth Jalinsky – Retools Company to Make Masks

Iveth Jalinsky, the owner of Green Resources Consulting, LLC in Missouri, began using her company’s facilities to manufacture FFP3 (Face Filtering Protection) masks (equivalent to N-99, a 99% protection rate against the coronavirus) made of bamboo and carbon. They are now producing over 30,000 masks per day, and donating many of them for free to area […]