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Affiliate Digest – September 9, 2020

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Affiliate Digest – September 9, 2020

Dear UnidosUS Affiliates,


The Affiliate Digest is here with the latest webinars, resources, and publications from UnidosUS to support Affiliate organizations. 



Affiliate Engagement Team

In this week’s issue



UnidosUS Events & Opportunities

UnidosUS Esperanza/ Hope Fund: Second Round of Applications Due September 11

As UnidosUS Affiliates continue to face the impact of the unprecedented hardships brought by COVID-19, the UnidosUS Esperanza/Hope Fund was established earlier this year to support Affiliate organizations and the Latino community they serve.

Working with long-standing and new partners, UnidosUS has replenished the Fund and are able to consider a second round of grants of $25,000 each.  This round, we are looking for proposals that address the ongoing emergency needs in your communities, and proposals that pivot to longer-term programmatic solutions that will help ensure the sustainability of your services.  You may apply for either of these options, or a combination of both.

Please complete the online application by September 11, 2020.  Click here to read the full RFP.

Due to a change in the application, Affiliates that applied and did not receive funding in the first round need to reapply. For questions, please contact Ana Salazar.


2020 UnidosUS Capital Awards: Join us September 15, RSVP today!

We are so excited to announce our full program for the 2020 UnidosUS Capital Awards. From distinguished honorees, to inspiring speakers and uplifting entertainment, this night will unite us in celebrating champions and changemakers of our Latino community.

You are invited to this virtual event on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 6–7:30PM ET| 5-6:30PM CT | 4-5:30PM MT | 3-4:30PM PT.


It's open to all and complimentary this year. If you haven't already, learn more here and RSVP today.



Join us in the 2020 UnidosUS Capital Awards to recognize bipartisan leaders who empower and strengthen the Latino community through their work. The 2020 UnidosUS Capital Awards will take place virtually and will be free of charge to all who RSVP.

Our Capital Awards Honorees are Attorney General of California, Xavier Becerra, and Former Maryland Lieutenant Governor and Former Chair of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele; and our Capital Award Honorees for Public Service, eight organizations in El Paso for their ongoing collective work in support of the El Paso community, among them our Affiliates.

Must Read: Janet Murguía’s Letter to Congress Opposing “Skinny” COVID Relief Bills

This week, Senate Republicans plan to hold a vote on a so-called “skinny” coronavirus relief package. UnidosUS continues to instead call for passage of the HEROES Act or a similarly robust and inclusive COVID-19 bill that meets the urgency of the moment and would finally provide relief to immigrant Latinos and Latinos in mixed status households. Read Janet Murguía’s most recent letter to Congress hereAnd don’t forget to contact your own Senators and demand real relief for our families.


UnidosUS Affiliate Tech Webinar: Security and Disaster Response (Next Friday)

UnidosUS Affiliates are invited to join us in the concluding webinar of our five part technology series. Affiliates will learn how to keep client and staff data secure while complying with personal information regulations, especially timely as organizations work remotely. The webinar will also cover how to prepare for disasters and how to rebound, again.

Friday, September 18, at 2pm ET/ 1pm CT/ 12pm MT/ 11am PT

¡Adelante! 2020

Voting Resources: UnidosUS ¡Adelante! 2020 Digital Tool Kit

Wanting to ensure that our community is integral to the success of the electoral process, we are happy to share with you the UnidosUS ¡Adelante! 2020 digital tool kit that includes videos, sample posts, and graphics you can use to invite your friends and family to participate and make our voices heard.


Help us spread the word! Feel free to share the digital tool kit with our partners and other stakeholders so they can join us in creating urgency and awareness about civic participation! Download here. Additionally, be sure to check our Affiliate-only resource page, that supports your organization in registering your community to vote


Citizenship Resources: UnidosUS Naturalization Digital Tool Kit


The Trump administration will raise the cost of citizenship to $1,170 in October, so it is important that all eligible permanent residents apply immediately for naturalization. To make sure members of our community are not priced out of citizenship, UnidosUS has developed theUnidosUS Naturalization Digital Tool Kit that includes an explainer video, sample social media posts, and graphics you can use to raise awareness of the drastic price increase and get people to begin their applications now. 


Help us spread the word! Share the digital tool kit with partners and other stakeholders so they can join us in creating urgency and awareness about civic participation! Download here.


UnidosUS Event (SPANISH): Una Conversación Sobre los Beneficios de la Ciudadanía

The Trump administration plans to raise the citizenship application cost to $1,170 in October. In this Facebook Live, Adriana Jaramillo of UnidosUS will interview her colleague Beatriz Paniego-Béjar, a recently naturalized citizen, about the citizenship application process and its benefits.

The event will be in Spanish and open to all. Please share this event with your community, so that they can take informed steps to become naturalized citizens.

Friday, September 11, at 3pm ET/ 2pm CT/ 1pm MT/ 12pm PT

Visit our Facebook Page to join the Live event!


Upcoming Immigration e-learning Course: Complimentary Registration for UnidosUS Affiliates

If you have new staff or volunteers who are interested in becoming accredited representatives, they can enroll at no cost in the Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law (COIL) online course offered by CLINIC. As an UnidosUS Affiliate, you have free access to an intensive six-week e-learning course that provides immigration law advocates the fundamentals of immigration law necessary to be an effective practitioner and establish the training background to support an application for the non-attorney immigration law credential called Department of Justice Recognition and Accreditation.

An overview of the course is available under Agenda/Schedule here. To register, you will need to create a user account for CLINIC trainings- click here to get started. Then, make sure to register here and use the complimentary registration code Unidos2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Today is the Day! CTAN 9/9 Day of Action for Immigrant Children and Families 

The Children Thrive Action Network (CTAN) is hosting a Day of Action for Immigrant Children and Families TODAY to ensure that the next COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress includes immigrants and their families.

We urge you to participate! The Senate returned to session this week and we need them to take immediate action to provide assistance for all children, including children in immigrant families, so they can make it through this crisis. Call your Members of Congress at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to pass a COVID relief bill that includes support for children in mixed-status families. This toolkit has everything you need to participate in this day of action, including sample social media content and further information on the issue. Please join us in uplifting this important message by using the hashtag #ChildrenThrive.

Interested in joining the Children Thrive Action Network? Join here.

Help Spread the Word in your Community: CDC’s Moratorium on Evictions

On September 4, a nationwide halt on evictions (a.k.a. moratorium on evictions) was put in place by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to address the current public health and eviction crises. Please help spread the word. The evictions moratorium covers nearly all rental properties, including single-family homes, mobile homes and apartments. Tenants can receive protection against eviction because of difficulty paying rent, by signing this declaration form and send it to their landlord. Tenant declaration forms are also available in Spanish and Vietnamese.

Who is protected and what tenants need to know: Please check out helpful resources from our friends at the National Housing Law Project and the National Low Income Housing Coalition in this FAQ and this fact sheet for rentersAttention: In order to receive protection, tenants must take these two steps: 1) sign this declaration form, and 2) send it to their landlord.


IRS Non-Filers Tool: Help IRS Non-Filers Claim the CARES Act Economic Impact Payment

As a result of the CARES Act, consumers started to see some financial relief through the Economic Impact Payment (EIP) issued by the IRS. However, millions of individuals who do not normally file income taxes are entitled to EIP. These individuals have until October 15, 2020 to enter their information in the IRS Non-Filers Tool to receive their payment. 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) just released the guide Helping Consumers Claim the Economic Impact Payment: A guide for intermediary organizations. The guide contains step-by-step information for direct service and community organizations frontline staff on how to discuss the EIP with clients and determine if clients need to take action.

If you have questions about the guide please contact


COVID-19 Resource in Spanish: Juntos, We Can Stop COVID-19” Digital Campaign

COVID-19 continues to disproportionately impact Latinos due in part to misinformation and fear.

In Response, SaludAmerica launched the “Juntos, We Can Stop COVID-19” a digital communication campaign to help Latino families take action through prevention measures to slow the spread of coronavirus. #JuntosStopCovid Sharing Toolkit features Latino culturally relevant fact sheets, infographics, and video role model stories.

Click here to access the tool kit.

Affiliate Spotlight

UnidosUS's Affiliate Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School: Challenges and Opportunities for Adult Distance Learning

In an interview with WAMU/DCist, UnidosUS Affiliate Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School spoke about their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how they have managed to stay connected to their students through this crisis. Like many other schools in the region, Carlos Rosario is starting its fall semester on an entirely virtual basis. The school’s administrators say this move is necessary until it’s significantly safer to conduct in-person classes again. English-learning programs are one of few ways that adult English learners — often low-income immigrant — can receive comprehensive social support.


Read the full article here.


UnidosUS Affiliate Conexión Américas: Director Juliana Ospina Cano Views Voting as An Honor and a Responsibility

Juliana Ospina Cano, Executive Director at UnidosUS Affiliate Conexión Américas, and UnidosUS Alumni, spoke to the Tennessean about her experience voting in the last presidential election, and the stakes of this year’s election.

This presidential election — 100 years after women gained the right to vote in America — Ospina Cano will cast her ballot in Tennessee. The state played a pivotal role in women's suffrage when it ratified the 19th Amendment on Aug. 18, 1920. It was the final vote needed for the amendment's adoption. 


Read the full interview here.


UnidosUS Affiliate Centro Hispano of Dane County:  Channel3000 Highlights El Centro’s Work

Over the years, Centro has grown to be a vital part of the civic fabric of Dane County. It supports families, shares the rich Latinx cultures and contributes to the regional economy. Executive Director Karen Menendez Coller and her talented and committed staff and volunteers have built Centro into an organization integral to who we are as a community. UnidosUS supports some of Centro’s most successful and valuable education initiatives, an area where Centro just shines.


Read more here.


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