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Affiliate Digest for October 1, 2019

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Affiliate Digest

October 1, 2019


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
Join Us at the Fall Affiliate Convening in El Paso Nov. 7-8! 

 We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Los Angeles next week for the first of two UnidosUS Fall Affiliate Convenings.  UnidosUS will host two Fall Convenings providing two different dates and locations as options for Affiliates to participate.  Based on your feedback, convenings are open to all Affiliates regardless of region so that you can choose which option works best for your schedule:


 Register for Los Angeles, CA – October 8 – 9, 2019. Deadline to register is October 4, 2019!

 Register for El Paso, TX – November 7-8, 2019. Deadline to register is November 1, 2019! 


At each Convening, Affiliates meet for two days and participate in Affiliate-led workshops, networking events, and leadership development trainings. We are working with your Affiliate Council representatives to develop dynamic agendas that will include Affiliate voices on becoming more effective and resilient leaders. There is still time to join us in El Paso!

Sessions will include:

  • Conversation with Janet Murguía: building Latino political empowerment and the UnidosUS 2020 Empowerment Priorities.
  • Integrating Advocacy into Social Services:  leveraging existing organizational structure and community trust for voter engagement and Census outreach efforts to maximize Latino civic participation.
  • Building Community Power as Community Based Organizations elevating culturally relevant leadership programs to create social change.
  • UnidosUS’s LGBTQ Youth Took-kit, Advocates, Líderes, and Allies Series (ALAS): learning about UnidosUS’s latest resource to infuse an equity and inclusion lens into your programs and curriculums.
  • Elevating Responsive and Collaborative Leadership to Local Community Needs
  • Innovative Approaches to Increasing Housing Access for Latinos

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Will You Join Us at this Year’s Workforce Development Forum? 

The UnidosUS Workforce Development Forum is a platform for stakeholders from across the country to brainstorm and identify solutions to the challenges faced by the Latino and immigrant workforce. This year’s Forum, Latinos @ Work: Developing Talent for Today and Tomorrow, will be a unique opportunity to discuss how we can prepare our community to access the jobs of today and thrive in the jobs of tomorrow. Learn more here!

Where: The California Endowment, 1000 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA

When: November 19-20, 2019

Register here for the forum today!


Opportunities and Resources


RFP: Comprando Rico y Sano Program – Submit Proposals by October 4, 2019

With the funding support of the Walmart Foundation, UnidosUS will award five, or more, new organizations interested in implementing its Comprando Rico y Sano (Buying Healthy and Flavorful Foods) program—led by promotores de salud (community health workers) that seeks to reduce hunger and food insecurity through nutrition education and enrollment assistance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). New subgrantees will join a shared network of existing community-based organizations and/or community health centers that have implemented the program over the past several years. For RFP and application packet click here. Proposals are due October 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT

Host a Public Lifestyle Coach Training in Your Community with AADE

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), as part of a collaboration with UnidosUS, is offering an opportunity for UnidosUS Affiliates to serve as a host of a public AADE lifestyle coach training (English or Spanish). Organizations located in California, Illinois, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona are encouraged to apply. For more information about this opportunity click here or email at

UnidosUS Affiliates Invited to Participate in Workforce Benchmarking Survey Conducted by Corporation for Skilled Workforce (CSW)

Corporation for Skilled Workforce (CSW) is inviting UnidosUS members who provide workforce services to participate in its updated national Workforce Benchmarking survey this fall! Past surveys have yielded the country’s largest dataset about community-based workforce programs.

Interested programs will submit confidential aggregate data in an online survey about participant demographics, participant and employer services, credentials achieved and employment-related results.  They will then be able to access useful information confidentially comparing their results to those of similar programs across the country.  Available reports can also inform program design, evaluation, and continuous improvement. 

There is currently no cost to participate other than the time needed to complete the survey.  Participating programs will also be part of a virtual peer network to discuss lessons from the data and identify areas for further exploration.

For more information, register to attend a CSW informational webinar on Thursday, October 9th at 1:00 PM EDT here or Tuesday, October 24th at 2:00 PM EDT here.  Or visit the CSW website to view eligibility criteria, a summary of survey questions, and slides or recordings from past webinars.  

Prediabetes Resources and Handouts 

Prediabetes, the precursor to type 2 diabetes, can progress into type 2 diabetes. Hispanics are at greater risk than non-Hispanics. But with lifestyle change, prediabetes can be treated and stopped/slowed. UnidosUS and American Association of Diabetes Educators, (AADE) are working together to raise awareness of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP). Lifestyle change programs offered through the National DPP are designed to help participants make lasting behavior change like eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and improving skills to cope with stress. Affiliates can find valuable bilingual educational handouts to be used in diabetes prevention (e.g., Shopping at the Corner Store or La Tiendita, Options for Healthier Cooking, and Getting the Right Support from a Prevention Program) by clicking here.

Benefit for UnidosUS Affiliates: Vouchers for Eye Care and Glasses to School-Aged Children

One of the many benefits of being an UnidosUS Affiliate is having access to Sight for Students gift certificates. Affiliates are eligible to request these gift certificates to provide no-cost eye care and glasses to students in need who are 19 years or younger. Please note that an updated gift certificate design no longer requires a Social Security number (SSN) to use a VSP Eyes of Hope® gift certificate. For Affiliates with old gift certificate design that includes the SSN field, those may be used until they expire.  As an Affiliate of UnidosUS (listed as NCLR), you may request vouchers for students here:

Amplify Our Voice: Follow UnidoUS on Social Media @WeAreUnidosUS 

We would like to invite you to amplify our united voice and stay up-to-date on our latest work, by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn! Already do? Thank you so much for helping us spread the word. We look forward to connecting!

Instructions on how to follow UnidosUS as an Affiliate Facebook page can be found here: How to like a page as a page

Defend and Advance
UnidosUS Rental Housing Report Illustrates Setbacks for Latinos Burdened by Rising Rental Costs

At a forum sponsored by UnidosUS and hosted by Phoenix Affiliate organization Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), UnidosUS released a new report: Calling it Home: Latino Rental Housing Affordability.  The report, the result of a partnership with the University of North Carolina Center for Community Capital, follows earlier UnidosUS research on how Latinos have fared in the home mortgage market and research on housing affordability. The study involved conducting interviews with Latino renter households in seven cities: Phoenix, Arizona; New York City, New York; Washington, DC; Orlando, Florida; Denver, Colorado; San Francisco, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. The in-depth interviews helped provide critical insight on Latinos’ housing choices and experience of affordability in the rental housing market. (Read more here)

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