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Elena Hartley

Executive Director

United Hands of Carroll County

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United Hands of Carroll County

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United Hands of Carroll County

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United Hands of Carroll Carroll

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Healthier Carroll County Inc

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Elena Hartley, a Peruvian immigrant and the founder of United Hands of Carroll County Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to connecting the Spanish-speaking community with resources, said that while she did believe the ordinance might cause some people to move away from Carroll County, she was not certain its effect on the area economy was any greater than the general pull of activities in areas outside of the county.

"I live here, but I do my life outside of here. Anything I want to do, I drive far away and spend a weekend. All of my money goes elsewhere," Hartley said.

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Designating English as the official language of Carroll County is totally understandable, according to Elena Hartley, executive director of United Hands of Carroll County, a nonprofit organization that helps immigrants in Carroll make informed decisions about family needs.

Anyone coming to this country understands that English is the language that is spoken and it is important to learn it, Hartley said.
"I don't think its disrespectful," said Hartley, who is originally from Peru.
As long as the proposed ordinance doesn't affect her nonprofit's mission, Hartley said she doesn't have a problem with it. Moving to a country and making its residents learn your language is just as ridiculous as going to someone's house and asking them to paint the walls because you don't like the color, she said.
"How are you going to be an American citizen if you can't speak the language? Hartley said.

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Elena Hartley Phone: 410-871-0008

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Those opportunities are growing, according to Elena Hartley, Araujo's co-panelist and the founder of United Hands of Carroll County, Inc, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting the Spanish speaking community with resources. When she first moved to Carroll County in 1992, Hartley said there was a very small Spanish speaking community. Many of that community's members would ask her for help in locating services after Mass at St. John Catholic Church in Westminster; her nonprofit grew out of those conversations.

"When I started United Hands, in Carroll County there were maybe 3,000 Hispanics around there," Hartley said.
Connecting with each other, it will be easier to do my job," Hartley said.
Hartley said she believes the work Burns is doing in the school system is crucial, as it provides an entryway into American culture for the next generation. Many adult Hispanic immigrants have trouble learning English for many reasons, from lack of time and energy from working tough manual labor jobs to a lack of literacy in their native Spanish, but ensuring those adults can access services and provide education their children is essential for the process of integration.
"This is the first generation," Hartley said.

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Elena Hartley, a cultural navigator for United Hands of Carroll County, shows off a Peruvian doll assembled as a project at her Westminster office July 14.

Many pieces of artwork hang on the walls at the offices of United Hands of Carroll County in Westminster. One shows a decorative wooden spoon adorned with the figures of a young couple. Another depicts a Peruvian village. Then there's stitch work on the wall above another painting. These are more than pieces of artwork; they're reminders of home for Elena Hartley. Hartley is a native of Lima, Peru, and director of United Hands of Carroll County. The organization helps local immigrants find various kinds of language, social and health services. The nonprofit serves about 350 people a year, Hartley said. All services are free because Hartley receives a few grants. Hartley started the organization in 2004. She's aware that it is an important job, one that she doesn't take for granted. "I'm the link between the Hispanic community and the English-speaking community," she said.
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