#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!

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)

 

 

Sol Collective Supports Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s Holiday Care Package Drive for the Homeless

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento hosted a Holiday Care Package for the Homeless, Donation Drive on Saturday, December 14, 2013, and it was a great success!!!

Thank you to Sol Collective for donating collection and holiday wrapping space to the Chicas Latinas, it was a great experience. And THANK YOU to everyone who supported our mission by either volunteering or donating – we were completely overwhelmed with donations for the homeless.

More: http://chicaslatinasdesacramento.com/2013/11/19/holiday-care-packages-for-sacramento-homeless-join-chicas-latinas/

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

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Needless to say, January’s #Network4Cause will benefit Sol Collective,  a community center in Sacramento dedicated to Art, Culture & Activism!

Join us, 1/9/2014: https://network4cause-january.eventbrite.com

Holiday Care Packages for Sacramento Homeless – Join Chicas Latinas!

Join me (us)!!!

The lovely Ms. Estella is allowing me to host Chicas Latinas de Sacramento‘s Holiday Care Package for the Homeless: Donation Drive / Gift Wrapping! at Sol Collective.

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Chicas Latinas de Sacramento Blog

On Dec. 25th Chicas Latinas de Sacramento will be distributing food, clothing, and toiletries to the homeless with C.A.F.F.E.as well as a gift to open on Christmas Day! 

We’re asking Chicas Latinas members and the Sacramento community to donate a (or a few) Holiday Care Packages to those who are less fortunate.

How to help: 

  • Donate a Holiday Care Package (or a few!)
  • Donate items we can add to Holiday Care Packages
  • Donate holiday wrapping paper and supplies

*Drop-off donations between December 12-14 at Sol Collective

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento volunteers will be at Sol Collective on 12/14 from 12-4pm to wrap your Holiday Care Package.We will give collected packages to the homeless on Dec. 25th at Cesar Chavez Park at 8am (volunteers are welcomed to join us).

Be sure to stick around at Sol Collective on December 14th, from 12-6pm they’ll have a live DJ…

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Donor & Sponsor Ticket Instructions: Una Noche con las Chicas

Thank you to everyone who has donated their time, talents, and products/services to make the Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s launch party and FIRST EVER fundraising event happen! It really did take the community to pull this off – and I THANK YOU ❤

Now let’s redeem those complimentary ticket codes… shall we? If you donated to our silent auction, donated your services the day of the event, or are sponsoring Una Noche con las Chicas, you should have received a comp code from me. If you didn’t, email me ASAP: angela@angelarunsamuck.com 

This is how to redeem your code on brownpapertickets.com

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See ya there and save me a dance!!! 

December 8th, 6pm, Fusion International Arts Center in Sacramento!

* Live Music by Edson Artica

* Cultural dance performances

* Salsa dance lesson by Del Campo Dance Studio 

* DJ dancing all night! (salsa, bachata, merengue, reggaeton, cumbia… something for everyone)

* Food provided by Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant
* Mexican Tequila from Tequila 374 (and Mexican beers)

Only $15 in advance: http://chicaslatinas.brownpapertickets.com/

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Share – Attend – Donate – Sponsor : Chicas Latinas de Sacramento Nonprofit Launch Party

Join us for our first annual “Una Noche con las Chicas,” a celebration of Sacramento’s Latino culture, and Chicas Latinas de Sacramento OFFICIAL launch party!

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Ways you can help: 

Share!

Attend! 

Donate!

  • Dinners, products, and/or services to our Silent Auction – minimum $100 value. 
  • This offer includes 2 free tickets and advertising of your company in the auction.
  • Chicas Latinas de Sacramento Blog and Social Media Exposure 

Sponsor! 

  • $400 Sponsorship of the event which includes (or ONLY $250 w/ a Silent Auction donation). 
  • 4 free tickets to “A Night with the Chicas”
  • Exposure for your business with a 2 X 2 space for either samples, menu’s and/or business cards and flyers. 
  • An 8 X 11 table top stand for your business name.
  • Chicas Latinas de Sacramento Blog and Social Media Exposure. 
  • A month free of Social media consulting (facebook /twitter) from Atero Marketing Group (AND ME, Angela Rosas)  valued at $1,500. 

Contact me: angela@angelarunsamuck.com 

* Live Music by Edson Artica
* Cultural dance performances
* Salsa dance lesson by Del Campo Dance Studio
* DJ dancing all night! (salsa, bachata, merengue, reggaeton, cumbia… something for everyone)
* Food provided by Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant
* Mexican Tequila from Tequila 374 (and Mexican beers)

Only $15 in advance: http:// chicaslatinas.brownpapertic kets.com/

Dec. 8th, 6pm, Fusion International Art Center 501 Arden Way, Sacramento