DISCOVER OUR HISTORY 

La Colmena was born from the simple idea of empowering our community. Since our founding, our community members' unrelenting commitment has aided in the realization of our purpose. For several years founders worked tirelessly to give day laborers and their families a safe space of their own. 

 

Explore the history of La Colmena and see how community organizing has helped bring resources and programs to hundreds of Staten Island families. 

2014

La Colmena was formed in Staten Island, NY by members of the community. 

2015

The Day Labor Worker initiative commenced in association with partner day laborer organizations. Since 2015, La colmena has been training construction workers. 

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2016

We inaugurated our first Port Richmond location. 

L'unicorns is the first LGBTQ+ group on Staten Island. Since L'unicorns was formed several members have received assistance with name changes and asylum case procedures.

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2017

The first Guelaguetza on Staten Island was held at Snug Harbor Botanical Garden. 

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2018

L’unicorns participated in the NYC Pride Parade for the first time hoisting La Colmena’s flag and creating awareness about the LGBTQ+ community on Staten Island.

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2019

La Colmena celebrated the first Mexican Independence Day event in front of La Colmena’s office with the community. 

2020

The first Mexican Independence Day Parade begins. The parade’s route took place on Port Richmond Avenue. This gave people in the community an opportunity to honor their heritage and culture out in the open.

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2021

La Colmena celebrated the Grand Opening of its second location that is located at 88 Canal Street. 

 

The launch of Radio Jornalera NY  was an integral milestone for La Colmena since it empowered the immigrant families by letting them express their opinions and concerns publicly.