Driven by a relentless commitment to protecting our entire community, members of the Latina Peninsula Giving Circle wrote to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors underscoring the need for bonus pay for its county’s farmworkers, a group that continues to sacrifice so much.
The county received nearly $150 million from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) to address critical health and infrastructure needs in the community, including using funds to deliver supplemental pay to essential workers.
Proud Giving Circle member and relentless advocate for farmworkers, Victoria Sanchez De Alba personally emailed her county supervisor, advocating action on this issue. In the months following, she worked closely with him on the efforts, ultimately helping to secure a victory for our comunidad!
This month, the San Mateo County Board of supervisors designated $500,000 of ARPA funds for low-income workers in Coastside and North Fair Oaks, areas of the county where farmworkers and Latinos reside and work. The funds will be distributed through San Mateo County’s CORE agencies.
This is but one victory among the many that will come in service to our entire community. And one that would not have been possible without the bold and unapologetic leadership of the Peninsula Latina Giving Circle and Victoria.
A decision to act, to let our voices echo in the halls of power, wherever they may be – this is how we flex the power of the Latino Giving Circle Network.
Photo caption: Victoria with ALAS, a Peninsula Latina Giving Circle Grantee staff during a Holiday food drive.