Winters HAC supports throughout pandemic

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Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee members Maria Gutierrez, Leticia Quirarte and Councilmember Jesse Loren meet virtually with Irene Goya Tweedt, Al Vallecillo, Baldo Arce and Ramon Altamirano the first Monday of the month. (Tina Lowden/Courtesy photo)

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By Jesse Loren
Special to the Express

The Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee, (HAC) met on Feb. 7 and reviewed their accomplishments for the 2021 year, which included many milestones — including that 2021 was their 15th year of service to the community.

In 2021, several members worked directly with families in need in Winters and collaborated with YIIN (Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network) to create ApoYolo Winters. Through their work, 15 community members were able to stay in their homes. The HAC also completed the formation of their several-year-long-pursuit of creating a 501(c)3 called Winters Community Corazón — which will fundraise and be the planning committee for Festival de la Comunidad.

HAC also supported the Winters Senior Commission on Aging by assisting in funding their Senior Guide publication. Late in the year, HAC decorated the downtown for Dia de Los Muertos and assisted Winters Healthcare Foundation in one of their vaccine clinics at Shirley Rominger Intermediate School.

Looking to 2022, HAC is looking for new members and voices of the community. HAC meets the first Monday of the month, with some exception, and the next meeting on March 7 will have a presentation on services provided by RISE, Inc.

HAC meetings are held in person or via Zoom with announcements for HAC meetings now being hosted on the City of Winters website on the Boards and Commissions page. 

The planned dates of meetings are as follows: March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 6, Aug 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. For more information, or to inform them of a community need to prioritize send an email to cambios@covalle.net or jesse.loren@cityofwinters.org.

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