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Our Mission

Unidos por Ecuador of Central Florida, Inc. is a non-profit organization serving the Central Florida low income and Hispanic community since 2012.  Our mission is to inform and educate people to end poverty, hunger, and social injustice by serving with love, dignity, and respect. We address the social, intellectual, spiritual and economic hardships that Hispanic and immigrant families face moving to Central Florida.

Our Purpose

Unidos por Ecuador of Central Florida, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, leader in humanitarian efforts for the advancement of healthy and successful families. We strive to serve people with dignity and respect. We work to find solutions, of the different needs in Central Florida Community, regardless of their religious, cultural, financial or political background. Our services include citizenship workshops to help legal permanent residents’ complete the N-400 Application for Naturalization or to become a U.S. citizen. As part of our solutions, English classes are provided, tailored to passing the citizenship test. We are also partnered with the Florida Department of Children and Families as an ACCESS Center for food, medical assistance and cash. Lastly, our free income tax preparation is provided to those in need under our partnership with the IRS as the VITA program.

Our History

Unidos por Ecuador of Central Florida: Ambassadors of their country in Orlando who bring joy to their people

The love we have for the people of our country prompts us to work from afar to help children and families in need and, in turn, strengthen our Ecuadorian community in Central Florida.

Thus, the non-profit organization “Unidos por Ecuador of Central Florida” (United for Ecuador of Central Florida) was born with that mission in 2012. Throughout this time, we organized different events to counsel and provide services to Ecuadorians and other residents of the area: The Consulado Móvil de Ecuador (Mobile Consulate) of Ecuador in Orlando, the celebrations of the Ecuadorian Civic Week commemorating the Independence of Ecuador, Christmas Party, Three Kings Day, health fairs, immigration workshops and their active participation in support of local Hispanic organizations.

“We are very proud of the achievements we have obtained so far. We have been characterized by working quietly, always offering our friendly hand to all, whether or not they are Ecuadorians, believing that if someone comes to us with a need or concern to guide them and above all, to give them the necessary tools, depending on each case”,

said Ketty Orellana, Director and Founder of the group.

Her husband, Franklin Muñoz, shares that same desire to serve their country and proudly wears the country’s typical Guayabera shirt from Guayaquil, a city of Ecuador, and Ketty is elegantly dressed in her typical dress made of Ecuadorian fabric; both wearing hats made in Ecuador, during the patriotic events.

“We are proud to wear the typical clothing of our land, to have people learn about our culture, what Ecuador is about. We are beautiful, kind people, with a country full of riches and with open arms to tourists. We want many of those who live in Orlando to go visit our country,” said Orellana, an entrepreneur with an office in Casselberry.

Some of their meetings are even held in the Ecuadorian restaurant “Rincón Latino” (Latin corner), in Orlando, to promote the place that prepares delicious Ecuadorian dishes such as: guatita, seco de pollo, shrimp ceviche, caldo de bola, shrimp soup, among others.

“That’s what it’s all about: helping each other. We believe in supporting small businesspersons, our people, those interested in our country. We have Hispanics from other countries who love Ecuador because they have families there. We have Puerto Ricans married to Ecuadorians, Caucasians who, once they see the videos we show them of Ecuador, are already planning to go and visit. We are ambassadors of our land”, emphasized Muñoz.

Among our charitable work is the shipment of donations to an orphanage in Guayaquil, which included medical equipment, medicines, first necessity items, toys, clothes and things that are useful for children with special needs.

“We are going to keep growing. We want to send help to reach more of our people. By blessing more families, we have been fortunate to have donations from Florida Hospital, Toys for Tots in Orlando, and other organizations who kindly believe in our projects”, added Orellana.

The group traveled to Tallahassee to show their support to immigrant families against an anti-immigrant law and participates in activities representing their country. They have their radio program, which is broadcasted every Friday at 7:00 pm. The group is looking for volunteers, so if anyone wants to serve or become a member, they can call: 407-951-5184 or join their Facebook page: Unidos por Ecuador Central Florida.

Our Board of Trustees

President
Franklin S. Muñoz
 
Vice President
Dr. Franklin Miguel Angel Del Castillo
 
Treasurer
Lynn Casanova
 
Staff

Executive Director
Ketty A. Orellana

Deputy Director
Jessica Ulloa

Program and Community Manager
Gustavo Morales

Immigration Program Coordinator
Patricia Burbano

Communications Manager
Jonathan Melendez

Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida Timeline

  • May 2, 2012

    • Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida Launched

    • The non-profit organization “Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida” (United for Ecuador
      of Central Florida) was born with the mission of finding solutions for the advancement of healthy and successful families with dignity, honesty and respect.

  • Aug 9, 2012

    • 1st Annual Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida Gala

    • During our first annual gala, we recognize Hispanic leaders who have contributed to the well-being of the Ecuadorian and Hispanic community in Central Florida.

  • Aug 10, 2012

    • Annual Celebration of the First Shout of Independence for Ecuador

    • Annual celebration of the first shout of independence for Ecuador (August 10, 1809)

  • Aug 11, 2012

    • Annual Celebration of Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida Gala

    • The Annual Celebration of Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida Gala during Ecuadorian Civic Week.

  • Jun 2, 2013

    • 1st Annual Sports Tournament

    • Sporting Event with Ecuadorian Professional soccer player from around the country

  • Sep 19, 2018

    • Partnered with Florida Department with Children and Family/Access Florida

    • Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida has partnered with Florida Department with Children and Family/Access in order to fulfill its mission.

  • Nov 16, 2018

    • Joined Amazon Smile non Profit Fund Raising Program

    • Joined smile.amazon.com!  Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases through the Amazon Smile Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida webpage.

  • Dec 2, 2018

    • Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida attends Vamos4PR

    • Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida attended the Vamos4PR.  Vamos4PR is a network of stateside labor, community, cultural and human rights groups committed to fighting for a better future for Puerto Rico and empowering the Puerto Rican diaspora.

  • Dec 2, 2018

    • Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida attended it’s first Liga Ecuatoriana de Florida Expo

    • Liga Ecuatoriana de Florida is a non-profit organization, registered in the state of Florida, with the purpose of unifying the community in general and helping those most in need.  Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida attended it’s first Liga Ecuatoriana de Florida Expo.

  • Oct 12, 2019

    • Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida attended a U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

    • Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida attended a U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services class and was awarded a certificate to ensure newly updated information is recognized.

  • Apr 16, 2020

    • Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida Organized 1st Food Drive for Ecuador

    • Unidos Por Ecuador of Central Florida organized its first food drive for Ecuador.

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