Since 1997, PODER has empowered Spanish-speaking adult immigrants to create successful and fulfilling new lives in the United States. Through a deep commitment to the needs of Chicago's growing Spanish-speaking population, PODER provides critical societal and workforce integration services with both immediate and long-term impact for families, communities, and employers throughout the City of Chicago. We thank UnidosUS and the Ford Motor Company for this incredible recognition of our past work but more importantly, for investing in our community’s future.

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Watch the Affiliate of the Year video here and view a photo gallery from the gala here.

PODER’s Approach

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Immigrant integration is a transformative two-way process by which immigrants adapt to their new home and the receiving society welcomes newcomers. Successful integration makes communities more cohesive, diverse, and economically vibrant for everyone.

Get Involved

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PODER has a variety of ways to get involved. Explore the partner section of our website to see how to take action with us, whether as a volunteer, donor, or organizational partner. Our staff is always available to discuss collaboration opportunities.