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Affiliate Digest - April 15, 2020

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Affiliate Digest – April 15, 2020

Dear UnidosUS Affiliates,


The Affiliate Digest is here, your weekly source for resources, opportunities, and news for UnidosUS Affiliates.


As always, the Affiliate Engagement Team is here to serve as a resource to all UnidosUS Affiliates. Please email or call us with any concerns, questions, or suggestions. We are working to make resources easily accessible and want to hear from you to ensure that we are producing the materials most needed by Affiliates and the community.



Affiliate Engagement Team 

In this week’s issue


· CALL TO ACTION #1: Sign-On to Congress for Children’s Advocates on COVID19


· CALL TO ACTION #2: Congress must address urgent Latino priorities left out of the CARES Act


· UnidosUS CARES Series: Explaining COVID-19 Relief for Latino families


· ACTION REQUESTED: New UnidosUS Survey on COVID-19


· COVID-19 Funding Opportunities


· NALEO's Latino Week of Action is Here!


· Affiliate Reminder: Submit ACH Form


UnidosUS Updates

CALL TO ACTION #1: Sign- on to Congress for Children’s Advocates

UnidosUS continues to advocate for greater inclusion of our community’s needs in these times, which was the subject of this letter recently sent by Janet Murguía to congressional leaders. Unfortunately, one of our top concerns is that the CARES Act excluded immigrants and their families from access to COVID-19 testing and treatment and much-needed economic relief. Absent a fix, we fear millions of children living in mixed-status immigrant families, the majority of whom are U.S. citizens, will be denied the critical assistance their families need to get through the challenging months ahead.


To elevate this important priority, UnidosUS invites affiliates that work with children and youth to consider signing on to a letter calling on Congress to include immigrant families in the next COVID-19 stimulus relief package.


You are invited to sign on via this Google form by 5PM ET this Thursday April 16th.You can view the full text of the sign-on letter below and here. Please feel free to contact Carlos Guevara, Associate Director of Immigration Policy, at with any questions or concerns.


CALL TO ACTION #2: Help us demand that Congress address urgent Latino priorities left out of the CARES Act

The $2.2 trillion bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a crucial step toward protecting the health and economic well-being of millions of Americans hit hardest by the Coronavirus crisis. While legislation does include many of the priority areas that UnidosUS asked Congress to address, congressional action to mitigate the damage is still not enough.


The Latino community is on the frontlines in this crisis. We continue to show up to work in our nation’s hospitals, supermarkets, farms, and businesses large and small. At the same time, we are disproportionately being impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.


Join UnidosUS to urge Congress to include urgent Latino priorities as members prepare the next relief and recovery package necessary to fend off a health and economic disaster.


“I implore the U.S. Congress to fully and equitably include the Hispanic community in health care and economic relief so they may also benefit from the recovery that is sure to follow,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía in aletter to Congress.


See the Latest on the UnidosUS Website and @WeAreUnidosUS

The UnidosUS website has information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) including what it is, how to reduce stigma, and additional community resources in Englishanden Español. The policy priorities pages explain how UnidosUS is advocating in areas such as health, economy, education, immigration, and voting. Find shareable resources from UnidosUS and UnidosUS Affiliates along with the Affiliate COVID-19 Communications Toolkit with bilingual simple but general messages that can apply to all or most communities.



Keep yourself and your organization up to date with the latest by following @WeAreUnidosUS on all platforms. Share UnidosUS posts from your organization’s social media accounts to help keep communities informed.




UnidosUSCARES Video Series. Help us Share with your Networks!


Check out our new video series,“UnidosUSCares: Explaining COVID-19 Relief for Latino Families,” whereUnidosUS’spolicy experts explain what the CARES Act is, what the package includes, and what it means for the Latino community from health,education,jobs and housing, and immigration perspectives. The whole series includes Spanish subtitles, and the overview and immigration episodes are also available fully in Spanish.


Please, share itbroadly with yourclients andnetworks to understand this new relief package.


ACTION REQUESTED: Please Complete the New UnidosUS Affiliate Survey on COVID-19

CASA Code Toolkit Released

The CASA Code Toolkit is designed for educators and youth development practitioners in urban settings that would like to engage Latino families in STEM outreach. The toolkit provides background information on the need for diversifying the STEM pool, the numbers/data as it relates to Latinos & STEM, outreach strategies, unplugged activities for families, and translated Google Computer Science lessons.


Educators and Youth Development Practitioners will be able to use this toolkit to:


1. Gain a better understanding of the challenges Latino students and families face as it relates to STEM engagement

2. Recognize the need for more culturally competent STEM programs

3. Best practices on strategies to engage Latino families

4. Develop a road map for long term STEM programming


If you would like to learn more about the CASA Code Toolkit, please contact Shante’ Stokes, STEM Manager.




Teach For America: Supporting Undocumented Students and Families TODAY at 3:30p.m. ET

Educators will gain clarity around federal funding and additional resources for undocumented families (Public Charge, Healthcare Access, Financial Support and more) ,learn more about how to facilitate empathetic conversations and brave spaces for students on issues related to immigration in a virtual setting, and go deeper on the impact DACA status is having on students and families (given the pending supreme court case).
Point of contact:
Bárbara Escudero


Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC): Free Webinar Series

HITEC has launched a weekly series of relevant webinars, HITEC Live! We invite you to join their next webinar on Friday, April 17th at 2 p.m. ET


The Future of Applications

Presented by, Gene Alvarez

Every business is a technology business and applications are at the core (and edge) of every organization. Business models, customer demands, and the competitive landscape are all undergoing significant change which will require a new approach to how application leaders need to develop and deliver their application strategy to meet business goals. This session will focus on the strategy, architectures, people and culture changes required to embed application capabilities into the DNA of your business.



RECORDING: Sesión Informativa para Promotores de Salud-El Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UnidosUS hosted a webinar in Spanish directed to health promoters (promotoras/promotores de salud) last Tuesday, Aril 7th. With the objective to increase the awareness of the current situation around COVID-19, discuss language often used in community outreach, how to practice self-care, how to answer frequently asked questions, and share best practices on SNAP enrollment.


Click here to Access the PowerPoint presentation. A recording of the webinar will be available tomorrow on the Affiliate Portal.



COVID-19 Funding Opportunities & Resources*

* The following resources are from a variety of sources and intended to be a centralization of funding opportunities UnidosUS Affiliates may benefit from.

Regional Funding Opportunities*

UnidosUS staff is working around the clock to gather resources and funding opportunities for our Affiliates. While there are some opportunities available to community-based organizations nation-wide, we there are also opportunities that are regional or state-wide. To check out our lists of regional/ state resources, please click here.


If you are aware of any unlisted funding opportunities that could benefit your fellow Affiliates, please share them with your regional Affiliate Engagement point of contact!

501(c)4 Funding: Omidyar Network Welcomes Applications to Economic Response Advocacy Fund

As the coronavirus pandemic upends the economy, it is critical that government respond with action to support the stability and well-being of American families, particularly those already struggling economically and vulnerable to the consequences of an economic recession.

To inform this conversation,Omidyar Network’s COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fundwill infuse 501(c)(4) funding into national, state, and local advocacy and organizing efforts aimed at passing economic stimulus to address the immediate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on working people while reshaping economic structures to ensure they are less vulnerable in the future.


Click here to access the complete RFP.


Protecting Immigrant Families: Inviting Proposals from CBOs and Coalitions

The Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing our Future (PIF) Campaign – a collaborative project between the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) – is now inviting proposals from community-based non-profit organizations. In light of the implementation of the public charge regulations and current public health crisis, the PIF Campaign seeks applications that would build capacity to mitigate harm and empower immigrant communities to fight fear with facts. Preference will be given to organizations and coalitions well-positioned to directly interface with immigrant communities.


A copy of the Request for Proposals is available here and applications are due by April 24


If you have any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please reach out to Renato Rocha ( & Kat Lundie (


Hispanics in Philanthropy: Civic Participation Fund

The Civic Participation fund addresses the critical issues at stake for a fair and accurate 2020 Census to ensure Latinos are counted. To expedite remote digital efforts, HIP has launched a rapid response grant pool for grassroots nonprofit organizations to help ensure Latinos are counted.


Organization in the following states are eligible to apply: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas.


Click here to learn more.


CDC and White House Guidelines

CDC is responding to apandemicof respiratory diseasespreadingfrom person-to-person caused by a novel (new)coronavirus. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, torespondto this situation. Below is a list of the latest resources shared by the CDC and White House Office of Public Liaison:


Small Business Administration (SBA)

Paycheck Protection Program:

Assistance for Small Businesses: (Español)



COVID-19 Actions and Updates:

Treasury and Federal Reserve Board Announce New and Expanded Lending Programs to Provide up to $2.3 Trillion in Financing (HERE)


Department of Labor (DOL)

Paid Leave (HERE) and Unemployment Insurance (HERE)

Guidance on Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for Self-Employed Workers, Independent Contractors and Gig Workers (HERE)


New guidance on ‘critical workers’ from the CDC


Small Business Administration Funding

SBA 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program:Nonprofits and small businesses with fewer than 500 employees will be eligible for loans to meet payroll and other qualifying costs. These loans are forgivable if the organization keeps staff on payroll between March 1 through June 30. Loan amount is 2.5 times the organization’s average monthly payroll.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans:EIDL loans are now available to nonprofits and small businesses on afirst-come, first-served basisto help overcome temporary loss in revenue caused by COVID-19.

Learn about specific details on the SBA website.


IRS News Release: Employee Retention Credit Available

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll.The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19. This credit is available to all employers regardless of size, including tax-exempt organizations. You can read the full news release Here.


Defend and Advance

NALEO's Latino Week of Action is Here! (April 13-18)

Join NALEO Educational Fund, the ¡Hágase Contar! campaign, Mi Familia Vota,Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Voto Latino, UnidosUS, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Latino Justice PRLDEF, and United We Dream along with media partner Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, Latino Broadway Talent, and co-sponsors: Census Counts campaign and Partnership for America’s Children for a Latino Census Week of Action.


Throughout the week of April 13–18, we encourage partner organizations to join us in reaching out to Latino communities across the country to ensure they get counted in the 2020 Census. Latinos are among the hardest to count communities in the country; of the one million young children who were missed in the 2010 Census, 40 percent were Latino children under five.Public Week of Action Plan can be found here, for your reference and public sharing.


Days of Action

Day 1: Monday, April 13 – Latino Week of Action is here! (#LatinosCount)

· General outreach and call to action around the census

Day 2: Tuesday, April 14 – Millennials and Gen Z (#LatinxsCount)

o Millennial and Gen Z engagement

Day 3: Wednesday, April 15 – ¡Hazme Contar!

· Engagement around making sure Latino children are accurately counted

Day 4: Thursday, April 16 – The Present is Latina (#LatinasCount)

· Outreach and engagement of Latinas as influencers in our communities

Day 5: Friday, April 17 – ¡Hágase Contar!

· Collective census engagement to reach immigrant communities

Day 6: Saturday, April 18 – How to/Direct assistance

· Guidance on the census form and how to make sure you are counted correctly


Submit your Latino Week of Action related events here, to brainstorm ideas or if you would like to bring your event up to the LWOA planning committee please contact Adan Chavez at


Download our Latino-specific social media graphics here

Digital Tool Kit: COVID-19 messaging in both English and Spanish


Protecting the Community Reinvestment Act

Federal regulators are still pushing to weaken the Community Reinvestment Act even as the coronavirus tears through our communities. UnidosUS submitted a comment letter advocating for policies that will help our communities when we need it most.


Reminder for UnidosUS Affiliates

ACTION REQUESTED: UnidosUS Payments/ Disbursements Transitioning to ACH

In order to ensure delivery of payments, we’re transitioning from checks to electronic payments. To make sure that your payments continue to be processed in a timely manner, please download and complete this agreement and submit the invoice and supporting information to


UnidosUS strongly encourages the use of electronic payments via ACH. Remittance information will be emailed or faxed to you at the email address/fax number you provide on the ACH form. To ensure delivery of remittance emails from UnidosUS, please add to your email's “safe” list.


If you have any questions, please email and we will be staffing for questions. This is a critical year for our community. By making this change with our payments, we hope that we will be able to help meet your needs, and ensure that the important work that you do for the Latino community every day continues, even in this difficult time for our country.


Trusted Opportunities from UnidosUS Will Come Directly From UnidosUS

Some Affiliates have let us know that they have received emails with program offers citing that UnidosUS Affiliates will receive exclusive benefits. These emails should not be trusted as vetted programs or as being connected to UnidosUS.


UnidosUS does NOT share contact information with partner organizations. Any programs offered to the Affiliate network will be sent directly from UnidosUS Staff or in the Affiliate Digest.


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