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

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