May Day March

May Day March


In honor of #MayDay our organizers along with community members marched the streets of Fresno & Tulare standing in solidarity while commemorating the efforts and victories of Workers & Immigrants Rights around the world. May Day is not recognized as a holiday in the United States, however, we at DHF will continue to honor and celebrate it as such. Learn more about the history of May Day in the video below. #SíSePuede

2022 Spring Vecinos Unidos® Newsletter

2022 Spring Vecinos Unidos® Newsletter

Please check out the latest issue of the Dolores Huerta Foundation’s Vecinos Unidos® Newsletter to learn more about the important gains and accomplishments that DHF Vecinos made this year. Big thanks to all of the esteemed volunteers and generous community members who make this work possible!

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Letter from the Executive Director

The San Joaquin Valley has seen many injustices within the past few years, which is why we continue to mobilize and empower communities with COVD-19 resources and services, health equity education, and tools to combat systemic racism. Through it all, we triumph working with community members like you. Throughout the last year, we continued to fight against COVID-19 and together with our partners we have provided direct assistance to our communities and administered over 7,000 vaccinations. The effort against COVID-19 continues and we ask that if you or someone you know needs assistance in finding a vaccination site or registering for an appointment, please call us at: 661-383-2588.  

As we look forward to the coming months and all the work that is yet to be done, we are strengthened by the knowledge that together we’ll continue to make important changes in our communities. We look forward to organizing alongside you for the upcoming elections on Tuesday, June 7th (primary election) and Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (general election). Holding elected officials accountable is our right and responsibility. If you are eligible to vote, please make sure to register and visit www.sos.ca.gov to update your information and learn more about how you can get involved.  Even if you can’t vote, you can help educate voters in your neighborhood.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you. Our solidarity is our strength.  Si Se Puede!

NOW HIRING: Community Organizer & Trainer

NOW HIRING: Community Organizer & Trainer

Dolores Huerta Foundation Background
Established in 2003, the DHF’s mission is to inspire and organize communities to establish volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. DHF conducts movement-building at the intersection of race, class, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status to address the harmful and discriminatory practices and abuses faced by marginalized individuals and families in the San Joaquin Valley. The DHF uses a multi-pronged approach – grassroots organizing, advocacy, leadership development, and a public relations strategy to inform narrative change.

Community Organizer & Trainer: The Community Organizer & Trainer engages community residents and establishes a
grassroots base of trained volunteers to engage in advocacy efforts to improve the education,
health, and civic engagement outcomes for residents.

RESPONSIBILITIES
 Build a volunteer base of parents, students, and community members conducting a “House Meeting” campaign in targeted neighborhoods.
 Recruit and train volunteer activists in planning, facilitation, public speaking, advocacy, media, and outreach.
 Develop proficiency in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) to train and mobilize parents to advocate for their educational priorities through the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) school budgeting process.
 Develop and implement a strategic advocacy plan to engage the community on a variety of issues including education, health, LGBTQ equality, and civic engagement.
 Coordinate monthly General Meetings (community forums) to inform and activate the base.
 Establish committees to advocate for education reform while keeping abreast of local, state, and national education justice issues.
 Collaborate with partner organizations and allies working on educational justice, immigration reform, LGBTQ equality, health care access, etc.
 Advocate on local, state and national issues to government agencies and public officials.
 Engage volunteer residents in non-partisan voter registration, education, Get Out The Vote (GOTV), and other outreach/ obilization programs.
 Lead Power Analysis and Campaign Development to address issues affecting underrepresented communities.
 Establish a media and communications plan to publicize projects and solicit community support.
 Provide weekly and monthly written management reports to document activities, updates, and results via conference calls and timely updates; Update contacts on the DHF database on a weekly basis.
 Participate in weekly staff calls, monthly staff meetings, and monthly Kern Education Justice Collaborative meetings.
 Assist with DHF fundraising activities.
 Other tasks as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:
The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experiences:
 Experience and passion for community organizing
 Experience in providing trainings
 Experience in working with diverse communities
 A proactive solutions-oriented approach
 Excellent interpersonal skills (one on one and group dynamics), cultural competency, strong listening skills, and humor
 Patience and flexibility
 Strong collaborator and team player
 Written and spoken proficiency in English and Spanish
 Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, & on-line navigation
 Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative
 Ability to work evenings and weekends
 Ability to adapt quickly to changing situations
 Excellent time management skills
 Self-confidence and self-assurance
 Own car & auto insurance


EMPLOYMENT TERMS:
Location: Kern, Tulare, Fresno, Antelope Valley, Cal City
Full-time, Non-Exempt Status

Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance

  • 75% of Medical Premium paid by DHF
  • Paid Life Insurance 
  • 401(k) with Employer Match 
  • Accrued Paid Vacation
  • Internal learning and development programs


TO APPLY: Please email resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:
Human Resources@ humanresources@doloreshuerta.org
Include “Community Organizer Application” in the subject of your email.

People Powered Legislative Wins!

People Powered Legislative Wins!

With the support of volunteers, Vecinos Unidos® members, and partnered organizations across the state, we are proud to celebrate these recent legislative wins. This is what People Power looks like!

  • SB 380 End Of Life Options Act – This is a notable step forward for adults who are navigating the most challenging time in their lives. It reduces the mandatory minimum 15-day waiting period between the two oral requests for aid-in-dying medication to 48 hours for all eligible terminally ill Californians.
  • SB 721 California Farmworker Day – Establishes a day to honor the state’s roughly 800,000 farmworkers who play a vital role in maintaining our food supply and whose work is more critical than ever during the pandemic.
  • SB 393 Farmworker Access to Childcare Act – Directs resources to the Migrant Child Care Alternative Payment Program so that such workers can gain access to child care in any county in the state.
  • SB 497 Direct Deposits to Qualifying Accounts, Overdraft Features – Closes a loophole that allows non-bank prepaid card companies to evade California laws that prohibit overdraft fees on prepaid cards used to receive public assistance, unemployment compensation, or state distributed child support payments.
  • SB 81 Judicial Guidelines for Sentence Enhancements – Establishes guidance when a judge is deciding whether to dismiss an enhancement by requiring judges to give “great weight” to evidence that proves certain mitigating circumstances, such as: The underlying conviction is not a violent felony.
  • SB 224 Pupil Instruction Mental Health Education – Requires each school district, county office of education, state special school, and charter school that offers one or more courses in health education to pupils in middle school or high school to include in those courses instruction on mental health that meets the requirements of the bill, as specified.
Vecinos Unidos Member Spotlight

Vecinos Unidos Member Spotlight

Erica Talavera is a parent leader from Parlier. She is a mother of two, an eight month year old and a teenager. She was recruited into the local Vecinos Unidos Education Committee in 2019. When Eric first began attending meetings with her newborn, she seemed shy and reserved.

As time progressed, she gained confidence and leadership skills becoming our local media liaison for DHF’s Vecinos Unidos group. She spoke about education issues during the pandemic, especially the importance of having a healthy and accessible nutrition plan for school districts. Her leadership blossomed. Soon organizing and distributing much needed food to communities in need. She did this at three local food banks organized by the Dolores Huerta Foundation Vecinos Unidos.

She also organized a crisis food delivery program from April 2020 through November of 2020. She assisted fellow Vecinos members in bridging the technical divide to attend leadership meetings remotely with other organizers to address issues like access to pandemic EBT food assistance and supported parents in completing online applications. During our Get Out the Vote efforts she was the top caller and neighborhood captain for the campaign in Parlier.

Parlier Families Fight Solar Fraud

Three years ago the Parlier Vecinos Unidos® Chapter families began discussing issues they had with solar panels installed on their homes. Homeowners were being charged fees for contracts to loans they never signed. In some cases the newly installed solar panels were not completely functional. The Parlier Vecinos Unidos® Chapter started a Solar Fraud Committee with seventeen families who came together to expose these consumer issues. They were not fully informed by solar contractors who took advantage of these homeowners and signed them up to state PACE/HERO loans that they didn’t know about.

Hundreds of families all over Fresno County were affected by these practices. Families affected continued to join the Vecinos Unidos® Solar Fraud Committee. Vecinos Unidos® members came together to host house meetings and invited community members to join them in bringing justice to this issue. The Parlier Vecinos drafted a plan to support families and organized to file formal complaints with state agencies including the Contractors State License Board, California Attorney General’s office, the Fresno’s District Attorney’s Office, and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

In response to the community efforts, the CPUC created a Solar Fraud Taskforce to address these issues and is working toward ensuring consumer protections. So far nine families have had their loans adjusted and had their solar panels properly connected for use. The CPUC also created a solar guide to help families. The CPUC recommends that solar providers give out this guide during their first contact with potential customers https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/solarguide. Affected families are encouraged to report their issues with the Contractors State License Board: (800) 321-2752 or at www.cslb.ca.gov.

Justice Victims of Solar Panel Fraud

The Dolores Huerta Foundation is co-sponsoring a solar panel consumer protection and restitution fund, with Senator Monique Limón who represents the 19th Senate District (Santa Barbara and parts of Ventura Counties). Senate Bill 757 introduced on February 19, 2021, would establish protections for solar panel consumers in California and funding to consumers who suffered damages caused by poor or fraudulent solar installations. Please contact your elected officials and tell them to “Support SB 757!” Go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/.

The California Public Utilities Commission recommends that solar providers give out the following guide during their first contact with potential customers https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/solarguide. If you are a victim of poor or fraudulent solar panel installation by contractors please contact the Contractors State License Board at (800) 321-2752 or at www.cslb.ca.gov.

Keeping the Central Valley Covered: Mask Distribution in Tulare!

Keeping the Central Valley Covered: Mask Distribution in Tulare!

Community members lined up at the DHF Booth in this past weekend at the Tulare Flea Market as Organizers Angel & Luisa provided PPE & workers rights resources. Masks courtesy of Local Hearts Foundation. Thank you for allowing DHF to continue our vital grassroots community organizing!

For more information on please call 1(800) JOIN – DHF, visit: doloreshuerta.org/contact or email: sisepeuede@doloreshuerta.org

Distributing Masks to Central Valley Essential Workers

Distributing Masks to Central Valley Essential Workers

Thank you Local Hearts Foundation for your donation of 10,000 masks! Dolores Huerta Foundation Organizers Luisa and Angel spent their week distributing to some of #CentralValley’s #essentialworkers in the fields of Parlier, Lindsay and Strathmore, California. Each person also received a workers rights resource flyer to ensure they are informed of their rights during these unprecedented times. These vulnerable professionals are not likely to receive PPE from employers. They are often working outdoors in conditions of poor air quality – and are statistically most likely to be working alongside someone with COVID-19. Access to these masks will save lives.

Clothing Giveaway Benefits the Caruthers Community

Clothing Giveaway Benefits the Caruthers Community

On Saturday, January 30, 2021, at Our Lady of the Assumption, Caruthers Catholic Church community members anxiously waited in line as early as 10 AM. At the giveaway, 47 community members came to volunteer, and 130 families benefited from the event. A special thank you to everyone involved.

Thank you, Adolfo Ortiz from Catolicos en Accion, who generously donated to the Dolores Huerta Foundation a 48-foot-truck full of household items, clothes, shoes, and toys.

Esperanza, a community member of Caruthers expressed gratitude throughout the event, “On behalf of the community I would like to thank the Dolores Huerta Foundation for supporting us and not leaving us alone in the city of Caruthers.”

Sanger and Parlier Vecinos Unidos® Distribute Food and Increase 2020 Census Count

Sanger and Parlier Vecinos Unidos® Distribute Food and Increase 2020 Census Count

In triple digit heat in mid-June, the Sanger and Parlier Vecinos Unidos distributed over 200 boxes of food to families in need. They are addressing a food insecurity situation afflicting the Central Valley’s most vulnerable communities as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Vecinos Unidos also assisted over 40 families in self reporting for the 2020 Census, on site. They distributed information encouraging the other families receiving food to get counted.

Over all DHF Vecinos Unidos have distributed over 23,000 pounds of food in Lindsay, Raisin City, Carruthers, Parlier, Lake LA, Lamont, Arvin and Bakersfield. Boxes contain essential food items and basic staples including canned goods, potatoes, tuna, chicken, milk, beans green beans and soups.

In addition, Vecinos Unidos have assisted more than 300 families in completing the 2020 Census and have educated many others on the importance of getting every member of their families and communities counted.

Parlier Vecinos Unidos® are Down With the Count!

On February 29th, Parlier Vecinos Unidos canvassed their neighborhoods in an effort to educate and encourage “hard-to-count” community members to complete the 2020 Census. Family members of all ages joined together to ensure everyone in their community is counted before the April 1st deadline.

We encourage you to participate by joining the Vecinos Unidos canvassing efforts and/or making sure each one of your friends and family members gets counted. Help educate our communities about census information centers, census confidentiality and new options for completing the census over the phone, online, and at local kiosks! It has never been easier to BE DOWN WITH THE COUNT!

New Vecinos Chapter in Sanger, CA 8/10/17

On August 10, ninety community members gathered at the Sanger Community Center to form the newest chapter of the Vecinos  Unidos (Neighbors United.)

The community meeting in Sanger was the result of a campaign of 20 house meetings. DHF Organizer Stephanie Canales met with small groups of friends and neighbors to discuss issues of concern in Sanger.

Executive Director, Camila Chavez and President Dolores Huerta, gave a presentation demonstrating how through these local groups DHF has been able to mobilize community members in low-income neighborhoods to transform their communities by winning huge policy and electoral victories in the areas of infrastructure, education, healthcare, and civic engagement.

Among the improvements that the group plans to work on are creating more social and cultural activities, expanding employment opportunities, and increasing services such as drug rehab and mental health services.

Long -time community activist Willie Lopez attended the event and seemed hopeful. He commented, “The meeting was very successful. Now we need to move quickly to take action on the issues that we have identified”.

The newly formed education and civic engagement committees are already actively engaging the Sanger City Council and Sanger School District to pursue their collective priorities.

Vecinos Unidos® ARVIN – Junta General Mier. 7/26/17, 6pm

Vecinos Unidos® ARVIN – Junta General Mier. 7/26/17, 6pm

Toda la familia esta invitada para este gran evento educativo. Estaremos viendo un documental sensacional llamado El Canto Del Colibrí sobre la relación y la experiencia entre un padre latino e inmigrante y su hijo LGBTQ. El documental se enfoca en darle luz a temas de inmigración, fe, machismo, igualdad en el matrimonio, y cultura.

La junta sera el Miercoles 26 de Julio a las 6 pm 

Salón de los Veteranos
414 4th Street
Arvin, CA


Para más información llame a Timo Prado (661) 699-6597

Vecinos Unidos® LAMONT – Junta General, Mier. 7/19/17, 6pm

Vecinos Unidos® LAMONT – Junta General, Mier. 7/19/17, 6pm

Toda la familia esta invitada para este gran evento educativo. Estaremos viendo un documental sensacional llamado El Canto Del Colibrí sobre la relación y la experiencia entre un padre latino e inmigrante y su hijo LGBTQ. El documental se enfoca en darle luz a temas de inmigración, fe, machismo, igualdad en el matrimonio, y cultura.

La junta sera el Miercoles 19 de Julio a las 6 pm 

Salón San Diego
10300 San Diego Street
Lamont, CA

Para más información, llame a
Timo Prado (661) 699-6597

Vecinos Unidos® Lamont- Junta General, Mar. 27/6/17, 6pm

Vecinos Unidos® Lamont- Junta General, Mar. 27/6/17, 6pm

Toda la familia esta invitada.

Martes, 27 de Junio de 2017
a las 6:00 pm

Salón San Diego
10300 San Diego Street
Lamont, CA

El Departamento de Parques y Recreación del Condado de Kern presentará un plan para comenzar a cobrar una tarifa para visitar ciertos parques públicos, incluyendo Hart Park. Esta es una oportunidad para que el público comente y exprese sus opiniones a los principales interesados y los políticos responsables.

¡Habrá cena y cuidado de niños!

¡Su participación es muy importante! ¡No falte!

Para más información, llame a
Timo Prado (661) 699-6597

Vecinos Unidos® Arvin – Junta General, Mier. 28/6/17, 6pm

Vecinos Unidos® Arvin – Junta General, Mier. 28/6/17, 6pm

Toda la familia esta invitada!

Miercoles,
28 de Junio de 2017
a las 6:00 pm

Salón de los Veteranos
414 4th Street
Arvin, CA

Para más información,
llame a Timo Prado
(661) 699-6597

¡Habrá cena y cuidado de niños!
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