Latinos and the 2016 Presidential Election!

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By: Masha Chernyak, Vice President of Programs & Policy, Latino Community Foundation

What we learned about voter turnout from the 2016 election: The numbers demand action!

According to recently released data from the UC Davis California Civic Engagement Project, 60% of U.S. eligible voters turned out in the 2016 Presidential Election, representing a 2% decrease from 2008. While over 120 million Americans voted in this election, 100 million eligible voters did not vote.

In California, the voter turnout data also provided interesting numbers. As a result of a large increase in voter registration (2 million new registrations) and voter mobilization efforts, 14 million votes were cast, representing a 75% turnout rate among all registered voters and a 59% turnout rate among all eligible voters. 

As for the eligible youth in our state—a meager 36% made it to the polls.

Within the Latino community, there were signs of progress

In 2016, California experienced record registration rates—68% of eligible Latinos and 63% of eligible youth were registered to vote. Registration rates are important because as these rates grow, so does actual voter turnout.

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For actual turnout, a record 46% of Latino eligible voters turned out to vote, and 68% of Latino registered voters cast a ballot—an increase of 7% in both categories over the 2012 Presidential Election. The four counties with the highest Latino eligible voter turnout were San Francisco, Alpine, Alameda, and Los Angeles. Los Angeles had the highest growth in Latino eligible turnout, increasing 8.6%.

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Although this is an improvement, Latinos are still dramatically underrepresented in our electoral process.

Why does this matter?

The populations that show up on election day in the greatest force still tend to be older, whiter, and wealthier. When these voting disparities exist, communities become less represented both in the electorate and in the policy-making process. This translates into Latinos not exercising their power and influence in the decision-making process. This also means that candidates will not campaign in our communities or listen to the needs of Latino families because they don’t expect Latinos to vote.

What can we do?

We must continue to instill a culture of voting to keep our communities civically engaged for the long haul. We need to invest in year-around organizing, culturally responsive, civic education and engagement initiatives with a special focus on Latino families and millennials. Using the words of Antonio Diaz of San Francisco Rising Alliance, “we need to change the culture of voting and make voting a habit, not a chore.”

We must focus on Latino youth—they are our future, and a powerful voting bloc. Latino youth are the fastest growing demographic in California and have the power to significantly influence the political arena and the direction of the state. According to the Pew Research Center, millennials, ages 0 to 35, are dramatically expanding the Latino electorate. Currently, millennials comprise 44% of Latino eligible voters nationwide. Since 2012, over 3 million U.S.-born Latino youth have turned 18, producing an 80% increase in Latino eligible voters.

We must find better strategies for inspiring their engagement and turning their passion into action at the polls.

There’s no time to waste!

We have to invest in Latino civic engagement and voter mobilization NOW! The 2018 midterm elections are less than 615 days away. All members of the House of Representatives will be up for re-election and Californians will also choose a new Governor. We must invest in the cultural awakening of our young people. At the Foundation, we’ve learned that once you give young people a better sense of their own culture and the history, they feel tremendous pride and start to care about political power and the public policies that shape their lives.

Nonprofits and the philanthropic sector have a unique role to play in supporting this work to ensure that our democracy works for all. We have a very long way to go to ensure that the Asian, African American, Native American, and Latino voices contribute to the policies that shape the future of our state. There is no better time to organize than now.

In the coming years, LCF will continue to lead a concerted effort to organize Latino communities and mobilize residents to exercise their collective political power. Join us – as a donor, Giving Circle member, funding partner, or an ally! We need you!

In The Business of Restoring Hope!

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Raymond grew up on Pilgrim St. in Stockton, CA—an area made famous by drugs and violence. By the time he was 8-years-old, he was moved into the home of his first foster family. He spent the next several years in and out of foster homes. As a teenager, he was reunited with his grandmother and moved into her house. When someone broke into his grandmother’s home, he jumped in to protect her and shot the intruder. Raymond was tried as an adult for murder and spent the next 30 years in prison.

In June 2016, Raymond was released from prison and a friend recommended that he seek Fathers and Families of San Joaquin (FFSJ) for support. That week, Raymond jumped into the backseat of a car with other FFSJ staff headed to Sacramento. For the first time, he would share his life story with policymakers at a Boys and Men of Color hearing. That week, Raymond found strength in community. By the following week, he was volunteering and engaging in healing circles with teens and elders.

FFSJ is one of LCF’s core grantee partners. Over the course of the past five years, LCF has worked with the leadership of FFSJ to strengthen their organizational capacity, raise funds to expand their services, and help them build their communication and outreach efforts. When LCF began work with FFSJ, it was a small, emerging grassroots organization with a budget of less than $200,000. Today, it is an anchor organization for Stockton—helping hundreds of formerly incarcerated men and women to live out their fullest potential. Fathers and Families of San Joaquin helps them heal from trauma, reconnect with family and community, retain jobs that treat them with dignity and respect, complete their education goals, and pursue their aspirations. FFSJ is in the business of restoring HOPE.

LCF seeks out organizations like FFSJ to help them expand their reach and deepen their impact.

In September 2016, FFSJ was invited to pitch to the Latino Men’s Giving Circle for funding support and Sammy Nunez, the Executive Director brought Raymond to help tell the story of what they do. The meeting was hosted by one of the Giving Circle members in the boardroom of the Morgan Stanley building in downtown San Francisco—with its magnificent views of the Bay Bridge. When it was Raymond’s turn to pitch, he told the men in the room that he had never been on the 32nd floor of any building with this kind of view. He didn’t mean the city lights—he meant the 25 Latino men that were sitting around the Boardroom table, willing to give their personal money to an organization that gave him a chance once he got out of prison.

By the end of the night, the donors voted and awarded $11,000 to FFSJ. More importantly, they talked about the impact of meeting Raymond. The experience was transformative for so many in the room. That is what LCF is all about—inspiring people to get involved and connecting them to the people who are leading the work in the community. Today, Raymond is a full-time staff member at FFSJ, helping to organize in Stockton and to inform policymakers in Sacramento. He recently recruited his brother to volunteer at the front desk. Raymond was equally as inspired by our work as we are by his.

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Digital N.E.S.T

DN_LoRes-7“This place is magic,” a staff member said to me as we watched the activity of an average day at the Digital N.E.S.T (Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills with Technology). I nodded my head in agreement but in thinking it through, I realized that the NEST isn’t some sort of supernatural phenomenon; it’s actually a lot less complicated than that. Inclusion and opportunity is all it is.

Youth who come into our Watsonville center, a Google-like environment, where they get laptops, high speed internet, and snacks. They can take workshops in web design, graphic design, and or marketing, and they are surrounded by mentors every day. These things weren’t afforded to them prior to the NEST. If there is magic at the NEST, it is our youth.

As a father, I know that motivating kids to go beyond playing video games or watching television is a tough task, so I think our students are extraordinary. They choose to come learn at the NEST after school, during spring, summer and winter breaks. They are so eager to learn.

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The idea for Digital NEST started the night I saw one of my former middle-school computer programming students sitting outside a locked building of Cabrillo Community College. She sat outside the locked building to access their wi-fi because she didn’t have any internet access at home. She was now a student at the college, but had to overcome barriers to complete her homework. This is unacceptable I thought, and decided that I had to do something about it.

In November of 2014, with funding from a community angel investor, a small core of donors dedicated to social justice, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the NEST opened its doors. What we do goes beyond the wi-fi connection. We set high expectations for our youth. We surround them with love, encouragement, and access to the high-tech tools they need to dream big. We expect that they will succeed and they start to believe it.

Hundreds of youth come through our doors, and they are just as intelligent, committed, hardworking, and focused on improving their community as youth from any affluent community. What our youth didn’t have was equal opportunity. This belief that all kids are fluent with technology is far from the truth. In California, only 52% of Latino families have internet access at home. Families in communities like Watsonville, an agricultural, low-income community, must make difficult choices between basic needs or paying for monthly internet.

The ongoing question in the tech world is, “How do we diversify our tech talent?” The answer can be found within the walls of the Digital NEST It’s simple, you level the playing field by providing youth from poor communities access to the tools they need. Add mentorship, a welcoming environment, and high expectations and they thrive. So far, we have given 900+, mostly Latino/a youth members -35% of them female- the same tools and opportunities that techies from affluent families have, and we watch them flourish.

By: Jacob Martinez, Founder and Executive Director of Digital N.E.S.T

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2016 LCF Grantees!

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The Latino Community Foundation (LCF) unleashes the power and potential of Latino leaders and communities.

We know our communities have the strength, talent and wisdom to lead effective solutions for change. That is why LCF invests in emerging Latino nonprofits on the frontlines of social change. In 2016, we invested $535,000 in 42 Latino-led organizations in 18 California counties. Click here to see a comprehensive list of all 2016 LCF GRANTEES. 

In 2017, LCF will double down on our commitment to grassroots leaders and organizations. We are launching a Latino Nonprofit Accelerator, a 12-month program designed to strengthen marketing, fundraising, and community organizing skills of Latino-led nonprofits. Our goal is to ensure they become strong and sustainable anchor institutions with the political power to influence policy change.

Our impact is possible because of our tireless community partners and your generosity. We invite you to be part of a historic year for our Foundation. Click here to make a donation. 

Thank you for investing in the future of our great state.

Match Your Hands with Your Heart

Action is powerful. 

Maureen Bunting grabbed her phone while watching Election night results and called the Latino Community Foundation. Our staff answered the call and invited Maureen to come to our offices. She has been coming in to volunteer ever since, helping LCF build our database. Her presence has provided all of us with much needed hope and inspiration.  We invite you to learn more about her story. 

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Why did you call us on Nov 8th?

I was upset. I had been upset for more than 6 months, but the election results had pushed me over the edge. There were horrible things being said about Latino immigrants, and as an immigrant myself I had to do something. I couldn’t sit back any longer.

I know that Latinos are the backbone of our economy in California. Napa Valley or Silicon Valley wouldn’t be what they are today without all the labor of the Latino community.

My immigrant story is the same as many others. The important thing is that here in the United States, we have a voice and we must use it. We fought so hard, sacrificed so much to earn that. So that’s why I picked up the phone and called LCF. I wanted to do something.

What’s your story?

I’m an immigrant from Indonesia. I immigrated to Colorado with my family when I was 11 years old. People were very welcoming and a Methodist church sponsored us. The kindness of others made all the difference. Because we were welcomed, assimilation was guaranteed. It opened many doors for me.

I went to Cornell to study Electrical Engineering. Once I received my degree I worked in Silicon Valley and raised an amazing daughter. As a young woman, I took off to teach English in Mongolia and China– and my passion became apparent to me. That passion was helping people.  After that experience, I didn’t want to do things I didn’t believe in anymore.  I wanted to have my heart and my actions in sync.

What is your advice to people who are angry, scared, and feeling hopeless?

  1. To match your hands and heart. Go do something that matters. Find a place to volunteer, to do something for someone. It may seem like a little thing, but it’s very empowering.
  2. Don’t feel helpless, otherwise you can sink into being a victim. It’s a choice to be a victim. To sit around and complain without taking any action is toxic, it can spread like a disease. Action on the other hand is empowering, it’s good for you.

You’ve been volunteering since November –  what brings you back each day?

I love data. I love technical stuff and solving problems. My house is a mess, but somehow organizing numbers get me excited. I am happy to come here to help this Foundation with the Salesforce database. It gives me purpose to make an impact.

What are you hopeful about in 2017 – is there any silver lining?

It’s a hard question. I think compassion and action from regular people. As a result of this change in government, I hope that there will be more people who take action. We’ve realized just how fragile things are, and there is no longer room for complacency.

When you’re upset, it’s so easy to wallow. It’s only through taking action that you can come out of that. And then taking that action –  you can become hopeful. Because you’re doing something.

What are you proudest of?

My sense of empathy. But I guess it’s also my downfall. Sometimes I think I give people too many chances and get taken advantage of. But it’s never stopped me. Kindness always prevails. I want kindness in my heart.

I told all my friends that I called LCF on Election day, and that I got involved. A couple of my friends are now doing the same. I was very surprised and happy to have that impact as well.

What advice do you have for Latino youth?  

Look at your rich cultural identity. There are lots of stories of survivors… the things that your ancestors and your families have endured for you is incredible. I have great respect for people who are survivors, who have love in their hearts. That’s the essence of my experience with my Latino friends. They have such kindness, light and love in their hearts. It’s rare and it’s beautiful.

Look into your culture for insight into who you are. Identity is important. At the end of the day, I am my mother’s daughter.

LCF is honored to have Maureen join our LCF family. We ALL have the power to do good. Don’t hesitate to use your talents to help others. It may seem simple, or insignificant to you, but it makes a big difference. As Maureen said, match your hands with your heart. Happy New Year!

 

Goodbye to My Insecurity Blanket

By: Ileana Cáceres 

Like many of you, this past election spurred some significant and critical self-reflection. How could this have happened? Why didn’t I do more? What can I do now?

Despite having always cared deeply about the rights of immigrants and women, I confess that I had not done any direct outreach in my local communities. Instead I contributed financially to the political candidates and causes of my choice and compulsively consumed political updates from the New York Times. In discussing the famed abolitionist John Brown (who led a failed insurrection), Lincoln wrote: “It could avail him nothing that he might think himself right.” You see, good thoughts and intentions evaporate in the face of harsh realities, such as the incoming administration. It availed me nothing that my heart was in the right place. And I had such stupid reasons for keeping me back. Specifically, I worried that my “gringa” Spanish wouldn’t be of any help to my local Latino community. 

You see, I grew up in the 90s in suburban Maryland. As a brown, curly-haired kid with nerdy tendencies, I was always scared of misstepping in either American or Latin culture, and never felt completely at ease in either. To my Anglo-American peers, I was deeply exotic, even though I just saw myself as another character from my Harry Potter books, whose internal motivations matched my own but who looked nothing like my olive-skinned self. But still, I dreamt of an owl coming to my window with my invitation for Hogwarts.

When I visited my parents’ home countries (El Salvador y La Republica Dominicana), I would stumble through my Spanish and feel an even higher wall between myself and the culture. Coming from the states, where dancing consisted of awkwardly rubbing against each other in school gymnasiums, I felt like such a pura gringa out with my cousins in Santo Domingo. I didn’t know how to dance merengue, salsa, cumbia o nada, so I bopped along and smiled from the bar, enjoying myself but utterly out of my element. As I navigated my diverse interests (Juan Luis Guerra, Led Zeppelin, Stravinsky, The Misfits), I had so many moments of dislocation – am I allowed in this space? Is this song for me too? Feeling like an eternal tourist, pressing one’s face against a snow globe, has been a large part of my experience as a Latina in the US.

Pero ya, basta with the insecurity. This is not the time for inaction because of fear that you’re not Latina enough.

In this New Year, I commit myself to throwing off the blankets of insecurity and the layers of doubt that have kept me from participating. My parents instilled me with a deep pride in being Latin American and we are under attack by the incoming administration. I may have grown up as an awkward wallflower but I reaped lasting benefits as well. For one, I am empathetic. I have many skills to contribute. I have had the luxury of being in many cultures and subcultures. I am bilingual and I am proud to be a Latina and an American.

Rather than dwell on the past and retreat into the safety of my friends, now is my time to employ my strengths and dive into the community. I have started volunteering at a local library and I’m headed to DC for the Women’s March on Washington. I am fairly new to California, so I took a chance and reached out to the Latino Community Foundation to learn more about ways to get involved. I still feel like I’m not doing enough, but I am trying. Most importantly, I have realized that it is my time to quit worrying about whether I fit in, whether my pronunciation is perfect, and focus on reaching others in any way that I can. Join me.

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Ileana with her sister, Marcela.

TAKE ACTION!

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Queridos hermanos y hermanas,

What a year 2016 has been.

I just completed an entire year of being part of an amazing brotherhood of Latino men – the Latino Community Foundation’s San Francisco Men’s Giving Circle. It has been a privilege to be surrounded by such talented, compassionate, and strong men who care deeply about their communities and heritage. This year, we raised and awarded $36,000 to Latino nonprofits that work in SF, Oakland, Redwood City and Stockton to strengthen their communities. All four organizations we supported are also led by strong and caring Latino men –Roberto, George, Ivan and Sammy– who love and challenge our young men to reach for their highest potential.These men uplift my spirits.

Together, we have made a difference.

I must also admit that I am still cycling through various emotions as I imagine what our nation will look like in a presidential administration where bigotry, sexism, homophobia, and racism are accepted. I feel victimized as I wake up each day and learn about hate crimes taking place across the country. My (our) hope for continued progress in the LGBTQ community has been hijacked.

But as fighters, we don’t do victim well. I want to help channel this victimization into power. We are a people with tremendous assets, resilience and unyielding hope for a better future. We have power.

That is why I have renewed my commitment to the Latino Community Foundation by proudly joining the newly formed LGBTQ Giving Circle and I call upon many of the LGBTQ Latinos across California to join me. The cost to join is $84 a month. The benefit: a community of people who care and action. All of the funds we raise as a group will go back into the community. 2017 is the year to invest in our grassroots leaders working on the frontlines.

While it may feel as though dark times loom ahead, my faith in humanity is restored by the collective care and compassion we have for each other. I look forward to working with my fellow LGBTQ Latinos in preserving our rights, funding LGBTQ health initiatives and outreach, advancing trans rights, protecting immigrant rights and so much more. Furthermore, I look forward to bringing our stories to the larger Latino Giving Circle Network– now a powerful group of more than 335 Latino donors. Together, we can work in solidarity, building power for our communities and ensuring that love wins.

Join me!

Joey Castaneda

To join the Latinx LGBTQ Giving Circle, CLICK HERE.

To learn about the impact of our Latino Men’s Giving Circle, CLICK HERE. To learn about LCF’s work, read their 2016 Year End Report.

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LCF has two open Fellowships || Apply today!

lcf-summitThe Latino Community Foundation (LCF) Fellowship Program provides talented Latino leaders with a unique opportunity to build their skills on frontlines of social change.

What opportunities: (Click on links to see job postings below)

When: January 15th – April 15th

Time commitment: 20-25 hours per week for three months

Stipend: $5,000 stipend over a three-month period upon completion of bi-weekly outputs.

Deadline to apply: December 30th

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Latinos and the 2016 Election: Where Do We Go From Here?

There are 38 days left until Donald Trump becomes President on January 20, 2017. He will take office with Republican majorities in Congress, which means that he has an opening to push some of his campaign promises in the first 100 days. On the top of that list are promises to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and to potentially deport up to 4 million undocumented immigrants in our county. There are 740,000 youth that have been approved for DACA and 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. (2.3 million in California).

Are we prepared?

On Thursday, December 8th, the Latino Community Foundation (LCF) hosted a forum to 1) understand how Latinos voted in the 2016 Election and 2) understand what’s at stake for our community and how to collectively prepare for the first 100 days and the next four years.

PART I – The Latino Vote


Dr. Gary Segura of Latino Decisions and Dr. Mindy Romero of UC Davis’s California Civic Engagement Project presented national and statewide perspectives on the Latino turnout for the November 2016 election.

National Takeaways

Contrary to the National Exit Poll, Dr. Segura from Latino Decisions conducted an Election Eve Poll which found that 18% of Latinos voted for Donald Trump, while 79% voted for Clinton and 3% voted for other. In addition, millennials of all backgrounds voted overwhelmingly Democratic with 80% voting for Clinton and a mere 14% for Trump. Latinos used their ballot as a voice of their community and voted based on which candidate is more aligned with the values and interest of the Latino community.

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National Takeaways Snapshot

  • In Florida, 32% of Latinos voted for Trump.
  • National Cuban vote: 50% Clinton, 48% Trump
  • 86% of Latinas and 71% of Latino men voted for Clinton.
  • A vast 78% of Latino voters made up their minds months before Nov. 8th.
  • Most Latinos voted to support and represent the Latino community (42%).
  • Immigration was either the top or one of the most important factors to the Latino vote (64% of voters).
  • Democrats won more votes than Republicans for the President, Senate, and House.
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The Latino Vote in the November 2016 Presidential Election; source: Latino Decisions

Statewide Takeaways

In this election, 75% of all registered voters across the state cast a ballot, which sounds impressive, but only 59% of eligible voters participated in this election—putting California in the bottom 20% of all states for turnout.

Latino youth can become our largest source of political power at the polls and will become our future leaders on every level of government. We need to educate and activate Latino youth so that they can help drive transformative change across communities, cities, states, and borders. In California, Latinos currently make up almost 29% of the voting age population; in 2040, this percentage is projected to jump to 38%.

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(Latino turnout across the state will be shared once results are finalized and made public.)

Statewide Takeaways Snapshot

  • In line with Latinos nationwide, 16% of California Latinos voted for Trump, while 80% voted for Clinton.
  • 32% of all Californians voted for Trump and 62% for Clinton.
  • In 2012, of eligible voters only 39% of Latinos, while 63% of non-Latino whites voted (2016 data is forthcoming).
  • In 2014, Latinos comprised 23% of registered voters, but only 15% of actual voters.
  • Latinos are still underrepresented as California lawmakers, comprising only 20% of the legislature, 15% of city council members, and 10% of county supervisors before the 2016 election.

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PART II – WHAT CAN WE DO NOW?


Following data on the Latino vote, Jeannette Zanipatin of MALDEF and Paul Chavez of Centro Legal de La Raza represented Latino organizations working on the frontlines and highlighted how they are protecting and defending immigrant families as well as how we can all take action to support our communities.

Latino families are scared and DACA recipients are worried. Both speakers expressed how they have had to double down on their work given the election of Trump who ran on anti-immigrant platforms. These legal defense and immigration advocacy organizations are preparing to resist and delay any and all attempts at curtailing immigrant rights and tearing apart families through deportation. Both Zanipatin and Chavez are now preparing for the worst case scenario and invited all attendees to join them. They need for people to donate, volunteer as interpreters, help recruit immigration lawyers, and ensure that we use all our tools to advocate for immigrant rights.

Strategies for Protecting and Defending Latino Communities

  • Expect and strategize a rapid response to raids.
  • Advocate for policy strategies to keep DACA and protect the personal information of DACA beneficiaries and their families.
  • Prepare for upcoming immigration enforcement and how to make it accountable to immigration and civil rights.
  • Press for Universal Representation funding.
  • Encourage Sanctuary Cities and Sanctuary State.
  • Champion youth engagement and education, not just civic participation.

To move forward and protect our community, we must organize, resist, and delay detrimental policies. Only collective resistance can stop the impending policies that will target Latino and immigrant communities. California must remain a beacon of diversity and prosperity. California’s strength diminishes when we fracture families and communities.

Click here to see how Latino leaders in California’s Legislature are responding.

If you are asking yourself, what can I do now to help?

  • Donate to the Nuestro Futuro Fund to make rapid response grants to Latino-led legal service organizations.
  • Contact LCF to volunteer at many of our partner organizations. Use your skills (bilingual, tech-savvy, fundraising, etc.) to help these organizations prepare during this critical time.
  • Support Latino-led grassroots organizations, click here to see our list.

Giving Back to the Latino Community through Operation Access

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Angelica Gutierrez, Operation Access Program Manager East Bay

As a first generation immigrant, raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, my family left our home in Nicaragua because of a violent revolution.  Growing up, I maintained a great sense of pride in my community, the Latino community.  Although I initially chose a career in Global Business and Finance, I realized I needed to work with people instead of numbers. I returned to school and earned certifications as a Community Health Worker and Medical Interpreter. With this training, I found my passion: giving the Latino community a voice. Working at Operation Access (OA) gives me a platform for expressing my passion by serving the health needs of Latinos otherwise abandoned by the U.S. healthcare system.

Having access to basic and specialty health care is vital to the overall well-being and quality of life of any individual.  Operation Access allows me to directly help the undocumented Latino community in the East Bay (Contra Costa and Alameda County) through the coordination of specialty outpatient and diagnostic procedures, as well as interpreting for them during medical appointments. Contra Costa County has an especially urgent need for our program because the county provides no health safety net for its undocumented people.

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Operation Access volunteers helping a family

Community clinics in Contra Costa and Alameda counties refer clients to OA who need specialty care and surgical procedures. We are experiencing an increasing demand for our services—Contra Costa referrals have increased by over 40 percent in 2016 compared to 2015. In 2016 alone, OA staff and volunteers have provided over 400 donated services to undocumented individuals in the East Bay, most of whom are Latino. Typical services include colonoscopies that diagnose or prevent colon cancer and corrective surgical interventions that avert more complicated, emergent medical conditions, reducing long-term harm and suffering. Our program improves quality of life and livelihood for people with limited access to specialty care.

I call on fellow Latinos because we have the power to help heal our community. OA needs funding for our program, and we urge you to donate what you are able. We also need volunteers. If you are a nurse, doctor, or other medical professional, we invite you to join our team of medical volunteers. If you’re fluent in Spanish, we ask you to consider joining us for an interpreter training to provide this vital service for OA in doctor’s offices. And, if you have administrative skills, we welcome your assistance in our office. Please contact me at 415-733-0080 or at angelica@operationaccess.org if you can join our team and help our clients in need.