Puerto Rican American and Caribbean Organization (PACO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of the Hispanic community. Established in January 1991, PACO’s goals are to promote awareness and educate the Dayton and surrounding communities about the Hispanic culture and history. The staff, which consists of volunteers, is committed to promoting the Hispanic heritage through special events that highlight the unique art, dynamic dances, authentic foods, and other richness that defines the culture. Each year, PACO hosts the Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival in conjunction with Five Rivers MetroParks. Latin music and spicy, delicious Latin foods can be experienced at RiverScape in Downtown Dayton. The family event is free to the public. Proceeds from the annual festival and fundraising activities allow PACO to provide meals for more than 500 people during Thanksgiving. The organization also awards more than $2,500 in scholarships to students attending college and PACO provides Micro Loans up to $2,000 to assist small Hispanic/Latino businesses. This Dayton Original is growing in response to the needs of Dayton’s Hispanic community!