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This Holiday Season Give To These Organizations That Are Helping Our Community

As we approach “the most wonderful time of the year,” it is important to remember the importance of giving back to the community. If you want to give back this holiday season, we have compiled a list of 10 organizations all with a different mission to donate to.

United We Dream

United We Dream is one of the largest immigrant youth-led communities in the country. They aim to inspire and empower undocumented immigrant youth to make their voices heard. They expertly use social media to activate their audience and inform their community of important moments. They also launched the National Undocu Fund in April to provide financial assistance to undocumented people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic who could not receive benefits for the government stimulus.

Young Center For Immigrant Children’s Rights

The Young Center advocates for the well-being of unaccompanied children arriving in the United States. The goal of the organization is to change the immigration system so that children in immigration proceedings are recognized as children. When you make a donation, it will go towards providing a Child Advocate for a child. The role of the advocate is to look for the child’s best interests including custody and release and serve as allies to the children during deportation proceedings. 

UPROSE

UPROSE is the oldest Latino community organization based in Brooklyn. It was founded in 1966 with a focus on the global climate justice movement. “UPROSE views the just urban policy—ranging from transportation to open space—as the heart of climate adaptation and community resilience,” reads a statement on the website. If you want to donate to environmental efforts led by a Latino organization, check out UPROSE’s website

The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies aims to protect the human rights of refugee women, children, the LGBTIA community, and others who flee their home countries. They provide legal expertise, training,  and engage in appellate litigation and policy development. 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) aims to provide a path to higher education for Latino and Hispanic students. They provide Latino families with the knowledge and resources needed for the path to higher education. They provide scholarships for our community and have awarded over $588 million. “HSF strives to make college education a top priority for every Latino family across the nation, mobilizing our community to proactively advance that goal,” states the website. 

Voto Latino

The grassroots political organization is dedicated to empowering the Latino community through civic engagement, issue advocacy, and leadership development. In the past 2020 election cycle, the organization registered 601,330 voters. To donate to their efforts, check out the Voto Latino website

RAICES

RAICES is a non-profit organization based in San Antonio Texas that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families, and refugees. “When you donate to RAICES, your gift will go towards securing the release of thousands of people and ensuring that each person receives quality legal and social services,” reads the donation page. For more information about RAICES, click here.

Farmworker Justice

Farmworker Justice is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice. The COVID- 19 pandemic has made it clear how essential field and farmworkers are to the nation. Many of these workers lacked PPE equipment while working and this organization launched the “Soy Indispensable” Initiative to provide face masks for farmworkers. 

Immigrant Families Together

Immigrant Families Together is dedicated to reuniting immigrant families separated at the US/Mexico border. Your donation to this organization goes to providing legal counsel, payment of bonds, detention support, housing, food, clothing, transportation, and medical care. If you are passionate about keeping families together, donate to Immigrant Families Together. 

Latino Victory Fund

The Latino Victory Fund is a progressive organization. The mission of the organization is to build political power in the Latino community. They aim to have the voices and values of Latinos reflected in all levels of government and in the policies passed.

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A Doorbell Camera Captured The Terrifying Moment A Neighbor Saved A Family From Their burning home

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A Doorbell Camera Captured The Terrifying Moment A Neighbor Saved A Family From Their burning home

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A family from Arizona has tragically been without a home since New Year’s Day. Fortunately, however, thanks to the swift efforts of a neighbor, they still have each other.

On New Year’s Day, the Salgado family was asleep in their home in Avondale, Arizona when they heard a frantic knock at their door. Nicole Salgado’s husband, who lived in the home with their children, opened the front door to find her neighbor shouting at her to get her family out of the house. It was on fire.

The Salgado family woke up New Year’s Day to find their house in flames.

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“We were all asleep,” Salgado explained to CNN in an interview. “Then all of the sudden around 7:30 in the morning, we hear banging on our door and our doorbell is going off and we kind of get scared.”

Their neighbor, Carolyn Palisch, was there telling them to get out of the house. Footage from the family’s home security video shows their neighbor running past flames to get to the home.

“He opened the door and all I heard was our neighbor Carolyn saying your house is on fire you have to get out,” said Salgado.

Salgado, who is a mother to four children, hurried to gather her children. Together, all of them escaped the burning home safely. “It was just kind of frantic at first, making sure we got everyone out and the dogs out,” she explained. “Then once we realized the full extent of it we were just in shock as we watched our home burn.”

Sadly, the Salgado family lost all their belongings in the fire

Salgado explained that the roof of her house collapsed moments after they escaped. According to CNN, firefighters at the scene claimed that if the family had still been sleeping at the time the roof had collapsed they would have inhaled the smoke and likely passed out immediately.

We are so thankful to just be alive,” Salgado explained in a post to her TikTook page. She also included doorbell camera footage of the moment their neighbor came to the rescue.

Salgado’s video has been liked nearly 7 million times on TikTok.

“Never did we think it was going to blow up the way it did. But we are so grateful,” Salgado explained. “We are so glad it did for Carol, to show how amazing she is. If it wasn’t for her it’d be a totally different story. We feel so thankful to her. We’re always going to consider her family. She not only saved us, she saved our kids.”

Salgado says that the cause of the fire is still under investigation and shared that her family has created a Go Fund Me account to help them rebuild their lives.

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Socially Distanced Navidad? Here Are the Best Family Games to Play Over Zoom

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Socially Distanced Navidad? Here Are the Best Family Games to Play Over Zoom

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This Christmas, unfortunately, is going to be tough for a lot of people. With the coronavirus pandemic still waging on, many of us have had to make the tough decision to stay home for the holidays. That means no traveling out of town or visiting extended family like we have in years past.

If you come from a family that likes to get into the competitive spirit and play games over the holidays, then giving up that tradition might feel too disappointing. Luckily, we can all rely on technology to keep us connected in these trying times when we’re forced to be apart.

We’ve compiled a list of Zoom-friendly games that you can play with your family over the holidays and beyond. Take a peak at our fun picks below!

1. Charades

This one’s an easy one. All you have to do is create a Zoom link, send it out to family members and pick a topic to act out. If you’re having trouble thinking of a word, trying using a Charades word generator.

2. Card Games

Who says a little old pandemic can keep us from playing cards with our loved ones? For many of us, playing cards with our family is as steadfast a holiday tradition as exchanging gifts is. Log on to https://playingcards.io/ to create a custom game room to share with your family.

3. Bingo

Think about it: Bingo is the perfect game to play over Zoom. Websites like https://myfreebingocards.com/virtual-bingo have virtual bingo games you can play for free with up to 30 participants!

4. Heads Up!

Heads Up! is a game in which a player has to guess which word/topic is on their phone screen by the clues their team members are giving them. In order to make the most of this game, players at each Zoom location will have to download the Heads Up! app on their phone. And after that, it’s smooth sailing.

5. All Bad Cards (aka Cards Against Humanity)

If you’re the type of family that likes to push the envelope over a game of Cards Against Humanity, consider logging onto https://allbad.cards/. All you have to do is generate a party room and send the link out to the members of your “party”. Then, you’re ready to go!

6. Pictionary

Pictionary is the kind of game that Zoom was practically invented for. In order to play this game, you’ll have to fire up Zoom’s whiteboard tool and share your screen with all of the participating players. Again, if you can’t think of a topic, get some help with a Pictionary random word generator.

7. Trivial Pursuit

You’ll have to own this classic board game in order to play over Zoom, but if you do, setting it up and playing is super easy. In order to make this game user-friendly for all participants, make sure there’s someone in your location that can play on the same team as someone in a different Zoom location. That way, all the players can be sure that there’s no cheating involved.

8. Outburst

If you’re a fan of Family Feud, then Outburst is probably right up your alley. This game requires that each player brainstorm lists off of a given topic (i.e. Top Ten Christmas songs). Unfortunately, there is no virtual or online version of the game, but instead, team members can take turns coming up with topics and having other players brainstorm lists.

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