Show Up: How to Give to the Sacramento Community

Admittedly, I’m a bit of a solo-rider and prefer to work alone, but I’m also a sucker for great teamwork. We all have strengths and weaknesses, this is what makes teamwork so grand. It feels amazing to contribute to something you care about knowing that even if the contribution might seem small to you, will make a difference, is needed, and is appreciated. 🙌

I don’t have a lot of money or time to give, but I can definitely give of my knowledge and experience… especially to something that was once so cherished in our community. This is why I serve on the board of directors for Festival de la Familia! The past is in the past, I’m doing my part so Festival can have a future. 

Support what you care about… no matter how small you think your contribution may be. You might be amazed by just how much of an asset you can be. * Insert shameless Chicas Latinas de Sacramento plug here. 👈  Whatever cause, event, or organization is close to your heart… I urge you to simply show up for them.

Last night Festival wrapped up its final board meeting of the year and we are excited for 2016. It’s great to see the progress that has been made in the last few months and our members are looking forward to conducting another round of board interviews on January 7th. Good things are coming!

If you’re interested in joining Festival de la Familia‘s board, a committee, or volunteering at Festival, please contact us: | Board application

Festival de la Familia is making a 2017 return!

Read all about it in Vida en el Valle:


Thank you to all who joined our #Network4Cause event in September:

On that note… I’ve had way too many 12+hr. workdays this week. Here’s to the freak’n weekend! Happy Friday friends.

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)



Angela Turned 30 and is *crawling* Amuck

I’m still running (crawling) amuck or amok, whichever you’d prefer. My days have been swamped working for Eric Ratinoff, implementing his re-branding, running the #Network4Cause event series (apply here), taking care of Chicas Latinas de Sacramento 501©3 admin work (the IRS is tons o’ fun), preparing to open up our Board of Directors, and getting ready for OUR FIRST community meeting!!!

Needless to say, I’ve fallen short and behind in some things – the overall running of my organization and our community communications have been better. I’m only one person, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that we are now a 501©3, have a board of directors, have resources coming in… Therefore, it is no longer a one (wo)man show. I trust all will work out accordingly.

Hence the purpose of our first Chicas Latinas de Sacramento Community Informational Meeting – we need help! Male, female, Latino or not, we need dedicated and experienced individuals to help further our mission. We’ll have applications for our Board of Directors, Committees, and Volunteering, something for everyone at the February 27th meeting. I completed my presentation today and am ready to inspire the next generation of Chicas Latinas leaders. It’ll be great to have an inspired and capable leadership team as we approach our 5-year-Anniversary in April!!! <– Speaking of, I really hope I’ll be able to pull off some kind of anniversary event, yikes.

***Want to learn more? I was recently featured in Vida en el Valle: OUR PEOPLE/NUESTRA GENTE: Ángela Rosas is leading the way for ‘Chicas’, Cynthia Moreno did a great job capturing my journey and mission.

Oh yea, in the midst of all this good stuff – I turned 30!!! and celebrated with family, some Chicas Latinas members, and friends!

Thank you to all who helped me celebrate ❤ xoxo ❤

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.



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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:

Hispanic, Latino & Mexican, Women, Gala & Volunteer Stuff… staying busy in Sacramento!

The title speaks for itself, right? This is what I’ve been doing: Hispanic, Latino & Mexican Stuff, Women Stuff, Gala Stuff & Volunteer Stuff… basically, staying busy in Sacramento thanks to Chicas Latinas de Sacramento and my work with Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff.

Hispanic Heritage Month started and then my calendar exploded with these gems, and more!

I celebrated Dia de la independencia at the state capitol, “El Grito”:

Met Dolores Huerta at the Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarship & Awards Dinner Gala Event:

Hung out with at Capitol Region Women’s Conference:

Volunteered with Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, helping rebuild home at Rebuilding Together Sacramento:

Attended the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California Dinner & Gala in Sacramento with Eric Ratinoff team member Taryn, and our special guests from Festival de la Familia, Casa de Espanol, and more! Our table was sponsored by Eric Ratinoff from Kershaw, Cutter, & Ratinoff.  I’m very appreciative for his contribution and the opportunity to attend this great event.

Attended Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Latin Music & Food Festival with my nephew! (I was on baby-sitting duty, but my Chicas members volunteered.)

There is much on my calendar in the days, weeks, months to come – many of which I invite you to join!

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Spanish Conversation Group: hosted by Chicas Latinas and CASA de ESPAÑOL

Join Casa de Español and local nonprofit Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, as we merge our Spanish language practice groups in an effort to strengthen our conversational Spanish and the community! Hosted every 2nd Tuesday of the month.
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Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s Exclusive VIEWING PARTY for… 

ELLA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE’S: LATINAS THINK BIG™ Event in Los Angeles. “Celebrating Innovative Latina Thought Leaders”


You’re Invited Sacramento: Chicas Latinas Brunch, Almuerzo Cultural!

Sacramento, you’re invited: Sept. 8, Almuerzo Cultural! ~ Una Celebración de la Comunidad at Mayahuel‬ in Downtown Sacramento.

Celebrating las Chicas Latinas de Sacramento‪ nonprofit filing and our community! Join us for a beautiful Mexican Brunch ‪ ‎fundraiser, featuring cultural entertainment throughout the day.

★ Posole ★ Chilaquiles ★ Pollo con Molle ★… yea, we’ll have that and more!!! 

♫♪ Entertainment, performances, silent auction, family friendly event ♫♪ 

$20 Adult, $15 5-12, prices go up soon, don’t miss out!

Facebook Event:

Chicas Latinas Brunch Fundraiser

Sunday Sept. 8th, Brunch Fundraiser @ Mayahuel on K & 12th, 11am – 4pm. Currently seeking entertainers / raffle donations!

LIMITED Tickets now available:

Get yours today before the price goes up (or we run out)!!! Great family friendly event, delicious comida, and all for a good cause. I’m watching the “children ticket” sales. If we get enough, I will have a kids table with cultural games and arts and craft… that’s kind of my favorite. 

View our mission and summary here: Who ARE las Chicas Latinas de Sacramento?

And finally… PLEASE SHARE!!! ♡