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Affiliate Digest May 2, 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018  

Affiliate Digest 

May 2, 2018

Dear UnidosUS Affiliates,


Below you will find the UnidosUS Affiliate Digest, a weekly newsletter that highlights events, updates, and resources. We encourage you to share information on upcoming activities or successes at your organization to include in the Digest.

  This issue includes:

UnidosUS Updates and Events
 Register for Conference Today!

Join us at the 2018 UnidosUS Annual Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration taking place in Washington, DC, from July 7th to 10th.   You can register here today and remember you will need your new Affiliate ID number that is available at our Affiliate portal. For instructions on how to find your affiliate ID please click here. A friendly reminder that rates to Conference will go up after May 6, 2018 and reservation deadline for the guaranteed discounted rate of $219 plus tax is Friday, June 8, 2018.


 *Please note, you must be registered for Conference to make your hotel reservation. You will receive hotel booking information with your registration confirmation email. For more information on the hotel, click here


Call for Entries: The Helen Rodríguez-Trías Health Award 

Apply by Friday, May 18, 2018

The award recognizes UnidosUS Affiliate organizations with exceptional leadership, commitment to advancing health equity, and improving the health and well-being of Latinos through the implementation of innovative strategies and practices within local communities. Organizations that have worked to transform systems and programs through culturally relevant outreach, education or care coordination efforts that have resulted in improvements to accessible, equitable, and quality health or health care, including addressing social determinants of health, are encouraged to apply. The award includes a $5,000 cash prize and will be presented at the Helen Rodríguez-Trías Award Reception, as part of the 2018 UnidosUS Annual Conference taking place July 7–10 in Washington, DC. To learn more about this award and to apply, click here

Opportunities and Resources

FEMA Webinar- Helping Your Community Get Ready for Hurricanes


The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins June 1. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Division invite you to participate in a hurricane preparedness webinar. On Tuesday, May 8, learn innovations in preparedness that you can implement in your community. Participants will hear from local and national leaders. Attendees can engage one another in a conversation with the goal of building resilience for the coming hurricane season.



Title: Helping Your Community Get Ready for Hurricanes: Innovations from the Field


Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Please register to receive a recording of this webinar.


How To Join the Webinar:


Federal Reserve Board is accepting applications for Community Advisory Council (CAC)
 The Federal Reserve Board is accepting applications from individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the Community Advisory Council (CAC).

The CAC advises the Board on issues affecting consumers and communities. It is made up of a diverse group of experts and representatives of consumer and community development organizations and interests, including affordable housing, community and workforce development, small business, and asset and wealth building. CAC members meet semiannually with members of the Board of Governors in Washington to provide a range of perspectives on the economic circumstances and financial service needs of consumers and communities, with a focus on the concerns of low- and moderate-income consumers and communities.


CASA Request for Proposal is open! - Deadline May 28, 2018

UnidosUS encourages Affiliate middle schools and community-based organizations to apply to implement UnidosUS’ ongoing service-learning initiative, Cultura, Aprendizaje, Servicio, Acción- CASA. This initiative is supported by and implemented in partnership with State Farm’s Community Education Foundation. Selected school sites and community-based organizations will attend trainings on culturally-relevant, service-learning models and implement service-learning modules and actions that will culminate with one, community-wide, signature project. The CASA project will be implemented from August 2018 to June 2019.

Deadline: Monday, May 28, 5:00 PM PST

Grant Period: August 2018- June 2019

Informational Webinar: Informational Webinar will be held for Affiliates on May 16, 2018. Register here:

Option 1: 10 am EST: 

Option 2: 4 pm EST: 

The CASA application can be found here and must be submitted via e-mail as an attachment to by Monday, May 28, 2018. For additional information, please contact Cindy Zavala at

 Update Latest Developments, Possible Changes to Public Charge Rules

Thank you for joining us in a conversation on the Latest Developments regarding Possible Changes to Public Charge Rules. The goal was to discuss the state of play on this important topic, how UnidosUS sees opportunities for us to advocate together, and how we should be engaging our community.


We would like to share additional materials regarding yesterday’s conversation to better facilitate community engagement. Please take a look at the  Public Charge Talking Points and the Public Charge Presentation shared in conversation.

Protect and Defend
Immigration Update: Latest Developments, Possible Changes to Public Charge Rules

UnidosUS recently hosted a webinar regarding the possible immigration changes related to “Public Charge”. As shared on the webinar, in immigration law, a public charge refers to a person “likely to become dependent” on the government for financial or material support. The webinar discussed the possible impacts of the changes. The goal was to discuss the state of play on this important topic, how UnidosUS sees opportunities for us to advocate together, and how we should be engaging our community.

We would like to share the complete webinar and additional materials regarding the conversation to better facilitate community engagement. Please take a look at the  Public Charge Talking Points and the Public Charge Presentation shared in conversation.


This Week's Policy Update

 This week's policy update dives into work requirements in safety net programs like SNAP, medicaid and housing assistance.

Take a look here!

Weekly Legislative Outlook

The House and Senate are both out of session this week. A few things to keep an eye on; The House is looking at the week of May 14th to vote on the Farm Bill, Congress is near the passage of a bipartisan deal to exempt dozens of banks from parts of the Dodd-Frank Act, and discussions about a second phase of tax cuts continues.

This week’s Legislative Outlook will provide details on what to watch out for this week.


Affiliates in the News

 Happy Earth Day from Building Skills Partnership(BSP) and the Green Janitor!

We are happy to share this Earth Day video that BSP created in partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti and USGBC Green Certified Janitors who have been through the Green Janitor Education Program. 



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