Latino Economic Development Corp. (www.ledcmetro.org) equips Latinos and other underserved Greater D.C. and Baltimore area residents with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities. Its small business services include technical assistance and micro-loans for aspiring and existing low- to moderate- income entrepreneurs. Its housing services prepare families for responsible homeownership in order to prevent foreclosure, improve housing conditions and preserve affordable housing.

Serves: Maryland and Washington, D.C.

What a donation buys:

• $250 helps establish tenant associations to preserve affordable housing.

• $1,000 helps a low-income family or senior at-risk of losing their housing due to an unforeseen crisis remain in their home.

• $10,000 helps capitalize an aspiring low to moderate income entrepreneur.

Volunteer opportunities:

• One day: Offer expertise related to personal and business financial management, the startup process, sound business management practices and purchasing a home.

• Internships

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