HA News – Jan 2023

We are honored to have you as an integral member of the Hispanic Alliance Network!

Intertwining, supporting, sharing resources, and collaborating, the HA Network integrates a diverse cross-section of individuals, advocates, organizations, and businesses to amplify both our voices and our collective effectiveness.

We are excited to start 2023 with a packed newsletter, full of our community’s news, events, and resources to share with you!

The Student DREAMers Alliance Awarded $70,000 from the McNulty Foundation

We are excited to announce that our youth leadership accelerator, the Student DREAMers Alliance has been awarded a multi-year grant through the Global Impact Fund, a partnership of the McNulty Foundation & Aspen Institute.

Aprile Age, Executive Director of the John P. & Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation said, “We at the McNulty Foundation believe that individuals have the power to be multiplying forces for their communities. The Student DREAMers Alliance fulfills that promise to South Carolina’s Hispanic students, providing leadership skills and access to education to help them unlock their potential as advocates, organizers, and leaders in their communities and in their democracy.”

In the picture: Jonathan Valadez and Vanessa Rodríguez from the Hispanic Alliance SC, with Sonia M. Pérez, Chief Operating Officer and currently the Acting CEO at UnidosUS.

Representing South Carolina at a National Level

In December 2022, UnidosUS hosted a nationwide convention for its network of Affiliates. We are pleased to share with you that two Hispanic Alliance staff members, Vanessa Rodríguez and Jonathan Valadez, joined the conversation in Phoenix, Arizona alongside 285 other community organizations to discuss the current state of five issue areas in health: community engagement in health research, COVID-19 vaccine access, social and emotional well-being, health care access and food security.

UnidosUS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that serves as the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.

Hispanic Alliance was the sole representative organization from the state of South Carolina. We are honored to work with partners on a local, regional and national scale for the improvement of all communities across our state.

HA Community Teams Meetings & Updates

Our Community Teams will start meeting again next month! Click here to see the full schedule of meeting and registration.

Please note that each team has a designated schedule.

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Tuesday, February 1

12 - 1 pm | Zoom
Financial Stability Team Icon Solid Blue

Wednesday, February 15

12 - 1 pm | Zoom
Education Team Icon Solid Orange

Thursday, February 16

4 - 5 pm | Zoom
Health Team Icon Solid Green

Friday, February 17

12 - 1 pm | Zoom

January Network Meeting

Our Network had a great meeting this past week with 61 members joining our virtual meeting! We are including a copy of our agenda with all the announcements in case you joined and want a copy of it or you weren’t able to make it and want to know what you miss.

Spotlight presenter spots available for 2023! Would you like to share more about your nonprofit organization, program and/or resources? Become a spotlight presenter for an upcoming Network meeting! These spots are available to nonprofit organizations and programs that have resources to our Greenville County neighbors and surrounding. Please email Debbra Alvarado for more information.


Berea High School Needs Backpacks!

Berea High School is in need of school backpacks for students between ages of 14-17 years old. Students will need backpacks with zipper compartments and no string backpacks. Backpacks can be delivered to the school directly or email Jose Morales to schedule pick up.

Greenville County Schools open 4k enrollment

Greenville County Schools 4k enrollment is now open until March 10th 2023. 4K programs are offered at various elementary schools and six child development centers across Greenville County. Children who will be four years old on or before September 1, 2023 are eligible to apply for this free program. Priority for 4K placement is based on risk factors such as academic or developmental needs, low family income, or low parent education level. Parents will be notified of application status by April 1, 2023. GCS will be completing registration at the following locations:

  • January 24th Norwest Crescent CDC
  • January 25th Greenview CDC
  • January 30th Dunbar CDC
  • February 7th Overbrook CDC
  • February 8th Golden Strip CDC
  • February 27th Riley CDC


GCS will help with enrollments from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Parents should bring the child’s birth certificate and shot record, the parent’s picture ID, and two proofs of residency. No appointment is necessary. Parents can just come on the days listed. For more information please contact Leanne Ramirez, District Social Worker.

Financial Stability & Business

Which organizations are offering rent/mortgage and utilities assistance?

We have been receiving many calls from community members needing financial support in order to keep their lights on, water running and a safe place to live. Do you know of an organization that currently has funds? If so, please email Debbra Alvarado. We want to make sure we have an updated list of resources to refer and support our neighbors.

Self Help Credit Union Scholarship for students is now open

Students that have been accepted to attend or are attending any post secondary educational institution can apply to their $1,000 scholarship. Application deadline is March 31st.

Bilingual volunteers needed for VITA

Our friends at United Way of Greenville County are looking for bilingual volunteers to help with their VITA program! The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides free income tax preparation assistance to low and moderate income level families through various partner organizations. There are different ways to volunteer with VITA. Click the link below to find out more.

Legal & Advocacy

Elected Officials Reception

Greater Good Greenville invites you to a reception to celebrate the ways that the nonprofit sector and government work together for the greater good in Greenville County on January 30th. Please drop in between 5:00 and 6:30 pm for brief comments and introductions will be made at 5:45 pm.

Basic Training For Victim Service Providers (First Session Of 2023)

This course is an intensive, interactive learning experience for new victim service professionals to gain foundational skills such as strengths-based services, advocacy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and collaboration with allies.


Resources for children & families through the Bradshaw Institute

The Bradshaw Institute focuses on increasing access to healthcare for children and families and creating healthier and safer communities. This Prisma Health program, connects our community with resources such as diaper bank, car seat safety checks and more.

Food Scarcity Resources for Greenville County and Beyond

LiveWell Greenville has a compiled list of food banks and programs available for Greenville County community members. Click here to access the list.

Our Lady’s Pantry has a baby formula bank available at their food pantry. The food pantry is located at 2300 Old Buncombe Rd, Greenville , SC – 29609. For schedule, updates and availability please call (864) 331-2629.

Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences (CHSHS) partnered with the South Carolina Department of Health and Control (DHEC) Environmental Affairs to launch the EJ Strong Food Access Map. The food access map is an accessible community tool to identify food pantry locations throughout the 46 counties of South Carolina. Please click here to access the map. For any questions please contact Beata DeWitt

Mental Aid Certification

Walt’s Waltz is hosting: Adult Mental Health First Aid Certification Course on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The topics that will be covered in this courses are: depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis and substance use disorders. There is a $25.00 fee.


Feed & Seed Commissary Kitchen has openings available for 2023!

The DHEC-certified kitchen offers a space for local food makers in need of a certified commercial kitchen to scale from Cottage Law production to Wholesale Distribution. Feed & Seed encourages new food product innovation and offers trained staff to assist with product development. The space is ideal to accommodate catering, meal prep services and commissary use.

Application Now Open: 23rd Edition of the NALAC Leadership Institute

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) announces an open call for applications from Latinx artists, arts administrators and cultural workers for the 23rd edition of the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI). The 2023 Institute will take place between July 9-15, 2023, in San Antonio, Texas. The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is an immersive week-long arts leadership and professional development program. Participation in the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is open to U.S. and Puerto Rico based Latinx artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers working in all media or disciplines (i.e., visual, theatre, dance, literary, performance, digital, interdisciplinary). 

The 2023 NALAC Leadership Institute application is now open. The application closes on Wednesday, February 8.

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