The SEIU Local 521 Latino Caucus in Fresno has set a goal of increasing its participation in community events and supporting local organizations. The caucus has been busy in 2011 and plans even more. At this point in time, the caucus is able to donate to various local charitable organizations.
In January the caucus participated in and made a donation to the Martin Luther King events in Fresno and Clovis. Members attended the celebration event in Clovis and participated in the March in Fresno. Members also once again supported the Hispanic Empowerment and Resource Training (H.E.A.R.T.) Latina Leadership Institute with a monetary donation. H.E.A.R.T.’s mission is to bring “Latinas together to provide encouragement and support in completion of higher education, in development of voice, and by so doing enabling them to succeed at every level.”
In March Latino Caucus members were able to come together to present checks as monetary donations to the Marjaree Mason Center, whose mission is “to empower individuals and their children to make informed choices to live free of domestic violence,” and to the Community Food Bank.
This month the caucus will participate and donate for the second year to National Alliance on Mental Illness walk which will be held on April 30 in Fresno. The caucus expects this to be an ongoing activity for our members to be involved in.
The Latino Caucus also plans to adopt a community center or local after school program where members can volunteer their time and efforts to improve and support local events and organizations. As members identify and develop working relationships with local organizations, their involvement reinforces SEIU’s commitment to improving community involvement and educating membership in developing a more just society.