This fall has been a busy one for our organization. From hosting a Latino Network Night with the Blazers to celebrating Día de los Muertos, we’ve had an amazing time connecting with community members, partners, and allies this season.
We are so thankful for all of you who have helped us during this challenging year - we are inspired to continue to make a difference in the lives of our community!
Here are a few events that happened this month that we have to be thankful for:
Día de los Muertos celebrations
On Friday, Nov. 3, all of our staff got together to celebrate Día de los Muertos. From the sugar skull painting to an awesome play performed by our School Based Programs team, all of us had a wonderful time honoring traditions and spending time together. We even got everyone to sing the Baile de las Calaveras song!
Many of our school based programs also had Día de los Muertos celebrations! Our Early Escalera and Escalera programs hosted school-wide parties for everyone to enjoy sugar skull painting and delicious treats. Check out some of the photos from the party at Madison High School!
Mojada & Latino Network Pre-Reception at Portland Center Stage
We were proud to partner with Portland Center Stage and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for a special performance of Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles! Our pre-show reception was catered by Tamale Boy, with a special musical performance by Gerardo Calderon. Community members and theater enthusiasts alike enjoyed delicious food, drinks, and good conversation before watching the play.
Give!Guide Has Begun!
It's time to GIVE BIG during the holidays! We're participating in Willamette Week's Give!Guide - the city's largest holiday fundraiser that helps connect the community to nonprofits who are doing work that makes a difference. With Big Give Days happening every week, your choice of 150 nonprofits to give to, and chances to with amazing prizes, Give!Guide is the ultimate way to give back to our community this season.
How far does a $10 donation go?
$10 feeds three students a nutritious afternoon snack, gives a low-income Latino family with young children at least three Spanish-language books, and gives a Latino adult striving to learn English extra practice materials during ESL classes.
How far does a $50 donation go?
$50 helps provide a set of bilingual books and educational materials to a full classroom of Latino students, or assists in funding a field trip for three students to visit colleges while learning about higher education.