HA News – July 2023

What is your Why?

What's your motivation to part of the HA Network?

This summer, we are exploring the impact of our programs & resources provided to our community by the Hispanic Alliance. We recently published our 2022 Annual Report, which outlines how culture, community, and collaboration combine to great effect – producing quality of life in the Upstate for our Hispanic community. We are grateful that you choose to invest your time & resources in our mission.

We'd love to know why!

Take two minutes and share your reason(s) for your involvement in the HA Network. Enter your name & email address in the survey & win a FREE Hispanic Alliance t-shirt to show your support on the go! We will share results with our followers on social media!

Citizenship Workshop

Saturday, September 9th | By Appointment in Greenville, SC

The Legal Team of the Hispanic Alliance is excited to host our Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, September 9th in Greenville. This workshop is open to legal permanent residents (LPR) who qualify for citizenship.Trained volunteers will fill out the naturalization form for each participant followed by a private consultation with an attorney to ensure their packet is ready to go for USCIS. Our Citizenship Workshop is open to any LPR regardless of country of origin and/or language.

This workshop requires a screening process and registration in order to obtain an appointment. To start the process please call us at 864-256-0760 or email Debbra Alvarado.

Volunteer at the Workshop!

Our Citizenship Workshop is possible with the support of our attorneys that generously donate their time and our volunteers. We are looking for volunteers to support with registration, check out process and filling out the naturalization form.

Volunteers that want to support by filling out the naturalization application must attend a training session led by an attorney to learn best practices and protocol. Our legal team will be facilitating 2 training session on Thursday, August 31st and Wednesday, September 6th. Volunteers must register for one training session.

Important Links

SDA launching a mentorship program!

We are excited to launch our first mentorship program for SDA! Through this program, our vision is to create a program that fosters meaningful relationships, promotes mutual learning, and creates a positive ripple effect that impacts mentees, mentors and future SDA students.

Mentors are needed for our students in Greenville and North Charleston.

July Network Meeting Recap
If you weren’t able to join us last week at our Network meeting, don’t worry! You can find below the meeting minutes and in-detailed information on upcoming events and resources.
SPOTLIGHT PRESENTER | Gene Xcellence
Bring excellence to the next generation
Our Spotlight presenter last Wednesday was Gene Xcellence. Their mission is to empower teenagers and young adults with the essential life skills and resources they need to achieve economic mobility, unlock their full potential, and conquer challenges they may face.
We are 21 days away from school starting!
Here are a few back to school events coming up:

Free school supplies to the first 150 students with music, snacks, and more!

July 22 | 10am – 1pm 

Phillis Wheatley Community Center, 335 Greenacre Rd, Greenville, SC 29607

3 sites will be hosting the School Tools event on July 29 from 10am – 2pm

The sites are:

  1. Staunton Bridge Community Center, 165 Staunton Bridge Road, Greenville
  2. Greer Relief, 202 Victoria Street, Greer
  3. Simpsonville Activity & Senior Center, Simpsonville

August 5 | 11am – 1pm

McAlister Square, 225 S Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville

Kidding Around Greenville has compiled a list of back to school events in the Upstate.

Sullivan Center is registering for ESOL classes soon!

The Lifelong Sullivan Center will be registering for ESOL classes the following dates:

  • Saturday, August 5th at 8am and on
  • Tuesday, August 8th at 9am
  • Wednesday, August 9th at 9am

Get there early! Registration usually fills up fast.

Cash Flow Management

Working 60-80 hours a week and don’t have anything in the checking account to show for it? This class will introduce you to a simple cash management system that will allow business owners to manage their current cash flow and project future cash on-hand. Led by South Carolina Small Business Development Centers. Registration required.

Clemson Cooperative Extension Service has a couple of programs for the community:
  1. Know Diabetes by Heart/ La diabetes también es un asunto del corazón: During this 1-hour educational webinar, participants can learn more about what diabetes is, and the link between diabetes and heart disease. Not only will participants learn about diabetes and heart disease, but topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, and how to access community and clinical resources for managing diabetes and a healthy lifestyle will be covered as well. The sessions are available throughout the year in English and Spanish.
  2. Prisma Health in partnership with Clemson Extension are working to start a bi-monthly (every other month) support group in Spanish for those living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes or their families. Each support group will have a guest speaker to present more information about a different health topic and they are looking for presenters for 2024! Contact Camden if you will like to become a speaker.
Become a Foster Parent

Connections Foster Care is currently recruiting for Foster Parents in the Upstate of South Carolina. The nonprofit connects children to the services they need to thrive, connects children to a caring foster family and connects families to the support they need to make a difference.

Participate in a Ninja Challenge

Miracle Hill’s Annual Kids Ninja Challenge is a family-friendly fundraising event for children ages 4 to 12. Kids are given the opportunity to become a Ninja for the day and challenge themselves to 15+ obstacles (wet and dry). They will also have water slides, bounce houses, face painting and music which is all included with the registration.

Speaking to be Heard Above the Noise

Greater Good Greenville is hosting a workshop on public speaking for professionals. Deb Sofield is an Executive Speech Coach, author, winning politician, and successful advertising agency owner. Sofield will show you how to reach your audience by dusting off the foundational rules of extraordinary public speaking and be awakened to the current options you have for success.

Funding for Communities Garden

The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development is offering funding up to $5,000 to communities establishing community gardens. Applications are due August 4, 2023.

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