In 2002, Dolores Huerta received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) for grassroots community organizing the following year. Camila Chavez, Dolores’ youngest daughter, has served as Executive Director of the DHF since its inception. Dolores Huerta, President, remains active with DHF as a full-time unpaid volunteer, and sees the work of the foundation as a continuation of the non-violent civil rights movement of the 1970’s.
The DHF has implemented its organizing model in six rural communities (Lamont, Arvin, Weedpatch, Woodlake, Cutler-Orosi, Tulare) in California’s Central Valley. In these communities, full-time trained organizers form neighborhood organizations called Vecinos Unidos (United Neighbors). These neighborhood residents, the Vecinos, are trained to collectively engage public officials and navigate the system for the benefit of their communities.
The primary DHF office is located in downtown Bakersfield, CA with a satellite office in Arvin, CA. Our diverse staff, volunteers and board of directors share a passion for social justice and believe that communities will prosper when all people engage in and benefit from the democratic process. We envision communities whose members are capable of leading and advocating for sustainable policies and systems changes.