#GivingTuesday How you can help Chicas Latinas de Sacramento!

🌟 With every donation, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento gets closer to having a home to call our own. 🌟

If you like what you see from Chicas Latinas and would like to see us continue our mission of working and giving in the community, please give on #GivingTuesday!!! Love and passion can only get us so far, we NEED the community’s support to strive… and secure an office space!

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Check out our “Year in Review,” we made some great accomplishments in 2015!

Chicas Latinas, 2015 Year in Review! 

Real-talk: I made the decision to turn my, then 3 year old, community organization into a nonprofit in 2012 because it was TOO big for me. I needed a board, I needed funds, I needed help… I needed the community. Our membership was larger than I could handle, the volunteer requests were coming from every direction, and the demand for Latina leaders in the community was far too great to fulfill on my own. At the time, both personal and Chicas resources were depleted – but I pushed through with the belief that the/our community would support what it wanted, needed, and was asking for. I needed the community, because it was clear that the community needed us. I’ve always had issues “asking,” but today I’m asking… not for me, not even for Chicas Latinas, but for what we represent in our community. A shift in Latin@ culture and identity in Sacramento. A culture, and future, of volunteerism, civic engagement, and Latina leadership.

Please consider donating this #GivingTuesday (and beyond) to help us reach our goal! Learn more about our GoFundMe campaign: 

👉 https://www.gofundme.com/HelpChicasLatinas 👈

Thank you for your continued support!

“Support the Girls” Chicas Latinas’ Anniversary Brunch & Bra Drive in Sacramento, April 12, 2015

I can’t wait to celebrate Chicas Latinas de Sacramento‘s 6 Year Anniversary with you all on Sunday, April 12th at Vallejo’s in Sacramento!!!

Pre-Sale Tickets: http://chicaslatinassupportthegirls.eventbrite.com/

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Next Sunday…

✧ Enjoy an amazing Mexican brunch buffet by Vallejos Restaurants

✧ Be serenaded by the wonderfully talented Dinorah Klingler / Dinorah’s Entertainment

✧ Donate a bra, receive a complimentary mimosa!

✧ Purchase a Michelada, as a donation to Chicas Latinas!

✧ Enjoy the company of friends, family, and supporters of Chicas Latinas

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Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s mission is to make a positive impact in both the Latin and Sacramento community by improving, connecting and embracing our culture and the community in which we call our home, by giving back to our community, utilizing our people and our culture to educate, inspire, and lead.

I founded Chicas Latinas de Sacramento in an effort to mobilize our community, to give to our community. This volunteer cultivation effort has turned into a civic engagement effort, in that we are building passionate and compassionate leaders who will inspire for years to come. We rely 100% on our volunteers and community donations! Our annual fundraisers are our only means of funding at the moment. My dream is for our 501(c)3 nonprofit to continue past my lifetime, in creating a culture of volunteerism and leadership in our community. I am laying the foundation for this… and I need your help ♡ Your ticket purchase is a donation to our organization and a step closer to a dream realized for Sacramento, for our families, for our futures. Please consider showing your support for Chicas Latinas, by sharing this event, inviting your friends and family members, and joining us for a great day of celebrating and giving! Bring your new or used bra donations and receive a complimentary mimosa! Bra donations will go to:

  • Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home, a home for women over the age of 18 who are pregnant and in need of shelter, food, safety, comfort and support during their pregnancy. Learn more: http://www.bgmh.org/
  • Women’s Empowerment, a program that educates and empowers women, who are homeless, with the skills and confidence necessary to secure a job, create a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children. Learn more: http://www.womens-empowerment.org/

Pre-Sale Tickets: http://chicaslatinassupportthegirls.eventbrite.com/

Thank you!!!

Angela Rosas, CEO & Founder, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento Support the Girls_Flyer

2014 Nominee: Coors Light Líderes Award, Help Chicas Latinas win a $25K Grant for Sacramento!

I am behind in blogging and in sharing about something exciting, and important to the future of Chicas Latinas de Sacramento. To be honest, I have been avoiding this particular blogpost. 

The news: I’ve been nominated as Coors Light Lideres of 2014! I was selected as one of twelve finalist in the NATION to receive the recognition as a Líderes for my work in the latino community. With this recognition also comes the opportunity for me to win a  $25,000 Grant for Chicas Latinas de Sacramento!

Vote — Vote — Vote for me at www.coorslightlideres.com

–> Vote 10 times a day, every day, until Oct. 30!

Angela Rosas Coors Lideres

The bottom line: a vote for me is a vote for Chicas Latinas de Sacramento and our work in the Sacramento community! Your votes will help bring Chicas Latinas closer to a $25,000 grant to use in our community, providing us the funds needed to implement a Chicas Latinas’ Sacramento Latino Youth Program!

I am honored to be nominated and recognized as a finalist, but my recognition isn’t what matters. What matters is what Chicas Latinas can do in our community if we win the $25,000 grant. What matters is that we need your help to make this happen!

For some $25,000 isn’t much to get excited about. For Chicas Latinas de Sacramento… it’s A LOT to get excited about! Our organization is 100% volunteer and donation powered. We have survived for nearly 6 years, giving in the community, with support from the community. Everything you see, from our websites, our flyers, the hours my members spend Facebooking and Tweeting, and creating programs and projects… this is all donated. Unless you’re in the trenches with me, I can’t even begin to explain how hard we all work to keep Chicas Latinas alive! It is a labor of love.

Get Involved:

Join Chicas Latinas de Sacramento Board of Directors: http://bit.ly/ChicasLatinasBoardApp
Or a Committee: http://bit.ly/ChicasLatinasCommitteeApp

I incorporated Chicas Latinas de Sacramento as a 501(c)3 Nonprofit at a time when my “social group” became too big for me to handle and I had to make that tough decision, leave my Chicas and the community or leave my job. When I decided to incorporate, I stepped away from my career to focus on my organization. Financially, I took a bruising and it probably wasn’t the best idea to quit a job for an unfunded organization, but I did. I survived, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento survived, and today Chicas Latinas has it’s first chance to receive funding — to receive the support needed so that we can continue supporting our community.

This is the first step in ensuring Chicas Latinas’ mission and role in the community will outlast that of my own. Don’t vote for me, please vote for my love of Sacramento and the legacy I hope to leave it. Please help me bring these funds to our community and our youth. 

Vote at: www.coorslightlideres.com

Join Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/732634720140896/

Connect with me: Facebook.com/proangelarosas / Twitter.com/angelarunsamuck #Coorlightlideres

Video from Eric Ratinoff‘s #Network4Cause event for Chicas Latinas!!!

Latina on the Run: Angela’s Sacramento Summer 2014 Amuck Running Rundown

It has been about 2 months since my last blog post – and a lot has happened! Before I fill everyone in with where I’m at now, here’s a quick run down of the fun I’ve had in Sacramento, California so far. It’s been a busy summer of community, volunteer, and Latin events with Eric Ratinoff and Chicas Latinas de Sacramento… and it’s not over yet!

Before all the Hispanic Heritage Month and Dia de los Muertos events and posts come, without further adieu I give you… “the reasons I haven’t posted in ages.” 

  • Volunteered with Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, Feeding and Clothing the Homeless
  • I barely made it to (the last) Fiesta en la Calle (of the season), but I made it!
  • Attended Mexican American Vintners Association, Harvest Festival in Napa with Eric Ratinoff

#Mexican #America Vintners Association, Harvest Festival ❤️🍷 #vineyard #napa

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  • Eric Ratinoff was Nominated (and selected) for “Best of the Bar.” View the Press release
  • Chicas Latinas members volunteered at Feria de Educación 

Feria de Educación at @sacstate #education #college #workshop agenda #latino #latism #sacramento #california ❤️

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  • Did I mention Chicas Latinas is hosting a Shoe Drive for Hagginwood Elementary School?

Please help us reach our goal, we’re not quite there yet: http://chicasshoedrivedonate.eventbrite.com/

  • Was invited to hear President of Mexico’s, Enrique Peña Nieto, address at the California State Capitol, presented by Gov. Brown
  • El Grito de Dolores, El Día de la Independencia de México, in Sacramento is simply breathtaking!

#ElGrito de Dolores #Sacramento ❤️ #Mexico #california #diadeindependencia #vivamexico ✨ Love this! 💃

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#ElGrito de Dolores #Sacramento ❤️ #Mexico #california #diadeindependencia #vivamexico ✨💃#elgritodedolores

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#ElGrito de Dolores #Sacramento ❤️ #Mexico #california #diadeindependencia #vivamexico #elgritodedolores

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And there’s more… wait for it! 😉 

Growing Up Latina in Sacramento: Education, I went to High School (sometimes)

The Angela diaries: Once upon a time I was in High School.

It wasn’t for me. I was too damn smart for my own good (according to both parents and teachers, alike). I was bored. I was the annoying kid who wanted to learn, but instead I disappeared. I didn’t do my work, I barely went to class, I shocked my teachers when I turned in research papers (they were a hobby of mine and always very well done), I goofed off a lot, I got in trouble sometimes, yet I aced exams and I graduated as a mediocre student, with mediocre grades, and with a mediocre future.

Cold chill’n. 

I was recently reminded of the National Teen Leadership Program by a Chicas Latinas de Sacramento member, when she asked if I could put a volunteer opportunity of theirs on our calendar. Until this moment, I had totally forgot — I went to NTLP in High School! (Volunteer opportunity is on the calendar  – Aug. 2nd volunteer date, deadline July 25.)

In high school, a kid in my graduating class had to drop-out from attending the conference and someone recommended that I take their place. ME. I forget who recommended me, probably a teacher who received a research project of mine. I remember the counselors being very reluctant about sending me: this brown girl who liked to ditch and was sitting comfortably on a 2.0 grade point average. I went through the interview process and they surprisingly sent me away to the conference. I can’t say it was a life changing experience in that moment, but overtime, definitely. 

I do believe that it is our responsibility to provide our children with opportunities, to give them new experiences, discover what inspires them, advocate for education equality, but most importantly — NEVER GIVE UP TRYING — regardless of where they’ve been, where they’re at, and where YOU think they’re headed. You can’t change your path unless you’re aware that other paths exist, especially as a child.

Someone took a chance on me, I was given a unique opportunity and shown a different path. I’m fully aware of what I looked like on paper, but that was not who I was — I’m beyond thankful that there were people in my life who took notice and took action.

Today I am blessed to be in a position to advocate on behalf of Sacramento’s youths. I’ve learned about so many great programs over the years and support them when I can. Enter perfect opportunity to support… 

This Thursday Eric Ratinoff’#Network4Cause will benefit Breakthrough Sacramento. If you’re not familiar with this program, I invite you to join us!

Free Registration: http://bit.ly/network4causebreakthrough

Breakthrough Sacramento is a public-private partnership providing a year-round, tuition-free, college preparatory program for academically motivated, ethnically diverse students from under-resourced schools in the Sacramento area.

92% of Breakthrough Sacramento graduates attend college directly after graduation, as opposed to 34% of low-income students nationally and only 29% in the Sacramento area.

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento: 5 Year Anniversary Speech by Angela Rosas

On May 18th, we celebrated the five year anniversary of my nonprofit organization, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento. Today I was inspired to share the speech I gave (also known as “my novel”), as I needed a reminder as to why I do, what I do.

Today, Chicas Latinas is underfunded. In fact, we’re not funded at all. Now that we have over five solid years of service and our 501(c)3 status, I’m ready for this to change.

I believe in what we’re doing. Here’s why: 

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento: 5 Years Later

– Speech by Angela Rosas, Founder & CEO Chicas Latinas de Sacramento

 May 18, 2014, Sacramento – Welcome and thank you for joining us at Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s 5 year Anniversary Dinner. Five Years ago 15 women met here at Zocalo for happy hour. I had a simple idea to unite Latinas for two reasons; to inspire volunteerism in the community and explore our Latin cultures (something that was missing in my own life).

What happened was something unexpected, here we are five years later with a 501(c)3 nonprofit status, a board of directors, 200 volunteers, various committees, and amazing community support. The truth is, I didn’t mean for this to happen. I had no intention of founding a nonprofit.

I’m often asked, “What exactly does your organization do?” For me this is a very hard question to answer — I started without a mission, without a plan, without a destination — I saw a void and I filled it. We did what needed to be done and we did a lot! I even struggled with whom my organization was serving. We were serving through volunteer cultivation, giving in a very grassroots manner, supporting business which supported our culture, and spreading culturally diverse opportunities and experiences to the community. But on the other hand, I saw the women who joined Chicas Latinas; I witnessed their personal transformations, growth and literally saw women turn into leaders. Imagine how hard it was to form a mission statement for Chicas Latinas de Sacramento.

Today… Our mission is to make a positive impact in both the Latin and Sacramento community by improving, connecting and embracing our culture and the community in which we call our home. (By… giving back, utilizing our people and our culture to educate, inspire, and lead.)

This mission is long, and despite being on point, it’s also very vague and it doesn’t come close to capturing all we truly do for the community. Our true mission, in my opinion, is to love. What I’ve learned along this journey is that Latinas = Love and in Love is great power and strength.

I gave an interview not too long ago, I was asked who my “LADY MENTOR was GROWING UP?” My response: “I come from a family of strong women. Women, who were dealt some tough cards, never folded, but instead learned card tricks, and taught me that I too can be a magician.”

You’ll never read about my great-grandmother, grandmother, or mother in history books… but these women were and are powerful forces. Even on the days we had nothing, we seemed to have everything. Show them an obstacle, they’ll show you 10 different ways around it.

When Latinas give out of love, obstacles do not exist. We LOVE our community. We LOVE our culture — even more so, we LOVE our families and the future of our families — this is why Chicas Latinas de Sacramento is still here five years later without staff or funding, obstacles do not exist for us, they do not exist for me. We are working to build a healthy community and cultural identity that will support our families. In doing so, we’re also building healthy families which will further support a healthy community and culture for generations to come.

As I watch the next generation of Latinos mature, I see them struggle with similar growing-pains and identity-crises my generation struggled from. Our youth continue to be split into 2 major directions: incarceration and military, as the words “higher-education” remain luxury words for many. Unfortunately, we live in a time when policy criminalizes poverty and over generations this has become not only normalized, but a culture within itself.

This simply needs to change. I try my best to steer away from political discussions, especially when concerning Chicas Latinas – red tape and I do not go well together, as I have a history of taking matters into my own hands. The system as it is does not support me, my family, or our future – for this reason, I feel civic engagement is worth mentioning here.

There is something amazing Chicas Latinas helped me discover about philanthropy and volunteer cultivation. When people get involved in their community and serve, awareness happens. Awareness to the issues and challenges in our community and the awareness of the power just ONE individual can have. This is why volunteering is so important, yes we’re helping, but we’re inspiring awareness and civic engagement within our members and their families. We’re proving how powerful and valuable every individual can be – regardless of ethnicity, gender, class, or education level. Chicas Latinas members are aware, they’re leaders, they’re leading out of love, and they’re inspiring others in their own communities and families to give and to discover their value and role in our community.

Philanthropy leads to civic engagement. This is where change happens. It happens with us: Chicas Latinas of Sacramento, as we feed the homeless, volunteer at women’s shelters, tuck-in children for their naps at crisis shelters, rebuild homes for vets, counsel victims of assault, work with the youth… work with each other.

I want to personally thank my members and supporters for continuing to inspire me. I’m here before you, five years later, we didn’t have much then — we don’t have much now, yet each one of you have contributed something amazing that has kept me and this organization going. I often say that passion can only get us so far, but I continue down this path, because I know Latinas are magicians. We love our community, we’ve discovered our voice and our power, and we’re learning new magic tricks every day.

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, for this I thank you; you give me hope that change is possible and we’re possible. Here’s to another five years of inspiring, leading, and magic tricks.

(PDF of Speech: CL 5 YR ARosas)

 

 

Cien Amigos, Cinco de Mayo, una Dolores Huerta, muchos ciclistas, y los Gigantes!

This last week (or so) has been full speed, nonstop, and packed with goodness in Sacramento… with a brief trip to Los Angeles.

(Mexican) Family Stuffmore please! 

#familystuff Jesus Christ, beans and rice 🙏 #sacramento

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California – Mexico Advocacy Day, with Consulado de Mexico en Sacramento 

Cinco de Mayo with John Quiñones (what would I do? I took a picture!) 

John Quiñones #cincodemayo #sacramento

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Women’s Business: Las Juntas Patrióticas de Señoras and Latina Women in Public Life in California

I’m a member of Cien Amigos now!!! (Pin of honor)

Dolores Huerta at Latino Community Foundation’s CaliforniaLatino Agenda, Sacramento Summit ❤️

With @DoloresHuerta at @LatinoCommFdn #California #Latino Agenda, #Sacramento Summit 2014 ❤️❤️❤️

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#Network4Cause with Eric Ratinoff — supporting HDSA Awareness 

AMGEN Tour of California 

#AMGEN Tour of #California Gala Opening Reception! @AmgenTourofCali #ATOC2014 #sacramento

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Watched my beloved SF Giants lose to LA Dodgers… in Los Angeles. Ouch.

Sunday I rested, spent the day with my family (yay Mother’s Day!) and the Giants won.

Back to the grind… and catching up on emails. I’m behind in life. Speaking of being behind in life, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s 5 Year Anniversary dinner is this Sunday! Wowzas.