Winters HAC fundraising partnership supports local families in need

A fundraising partnership is raising funding to help families in Winters.
The Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee meeting outside. Courtesy photo

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The Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee is collaborating in a joint-fundraising effort with ApoYOLO and the Interfaith Immigration Network to raise funding to support local families in the Spanish community.

Since 2006, the Winters HAC has contributed to the Winters community through its volunteering, selflessness and communal values. Now in the time of COVID-19, the Winters HAC continues its support by launching a collaborative fundraising effort for families in need

The inspiration behind the Winters HAC came after meeting with a representative of the Pacific Institute for Community Organization, and has since been dedicated to supporting its community and discovering its needs. And amongst the Winters HACs founders, Leticia Quirarte has continued leading the group to serve its mission through changing times.

“We found that the people want to have afternoon programs, English classes, and low-income housing,” Quirarte said about the changes the Winters HAC has made over the years. “Now we have Spanish in the newspaper and have afterschool programs.”

In their beginning, the Winters HAC hosted an event to display what the organization offers the community. But something was missing, and the youngsters at the event pointed out what it was.

“We needed to make it something to celebrate the Spanish community,” Quirarte said. “That was in 2006, and in 2007 we started the Festival De La Cosecha (Harvest Festival).”

For years the event made a splash in the community and was a huge fundraiser. The arrival of COVID-19, however, has put a halt to the annual event like it has to so many others. But instead of standing down, the Winters HAC has turned the pandemic into an opportunity to further support their community.

In a joint-fundraising effort with ApoYOLO and the Interfaith Immigration Network, the collaboration has raised over $12,000 so far.

“We’ve been running it since the second week of June,” said long-time Winters HAC member Albert Vallecillo. “Since COVID-19 hasn’t gone yet we’re working together with ApoYOLO and the Interfaith Network to try to come up with strategies to have ongoing fundraising to help families in need.”

While ApoYOLO and the Winters HAC raise the funds, the Interfaith Immigration Network is the non-profit the funds go through. After they cut the checks, struggling families receive much-needed fiscal assistance. And for Vallecillo, their reactions make all the hard work worth it.

To support the families directly in Winters that need it most, visit the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network website and scroll down to the Winters-ApoYolo section at https://yolo-interfaith-immigration-network.square.site/.

Donating to the Winters-ApoYolo campaign gives opportunity to be a part of the communal support the Winters HAC represents, and will help them continue to serve and support the local Spanish community.

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