Since 2016, the Central Valley Latino Giving Circle has focused on providing financial support to other Latino-led nonprofits.
Olga Nunez says this is a significant mission in more ways than one.
“We want to let our children, and our community, know that we 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation Latinos – we can also give and we are donors by nature,” said the organization’s co-chair, Olga. Nunez.
The group closed 2021 by proudly announcing that it had raised over $ 50,000 to support five Latin American nonprofits: Pequeños Empresarios, Arte Americas, Central Valley Scholars, Integral Community Solutions Institute and West Side Youth.
Each of them aims to ensure economic justice and community engagement for the Latin American community.
West Side Youth serves families in Mendota.
“We have helped family members who have children who need a haircut or basic clothes because they couldn’t afford a good pair of shoes,” says Dino Perez, director of West Side Youth.
The organization also provides hot meals and groceries from a community pantry, and distributes food, water and basic necessities to the needy population, in addition to bringing in implementing after-school programs for at-risk youth.
Perez says the $ 10,000 they received is the reason their doors were left open.
“It was something that worried us a lot. We had a plan in place. Our volunteers were ready to open their doors, paid or not, for these children and many of them are children of parents we serve,” explains Perez.
Nunez says she is excited about what 2022 has in store and hopes thousands of dollars will continue to be raised.
“If we put all of our money together, 1,000 might not make a difference, but when you put it all together we can have a bigger impact in our community.”
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