HA News – May 2023

A Note of Gratitude for Collective Impact

From Our Executive Director, Adela Mendoza
The Hispanic Alliance was created by volunteers, and for over a decade, it is volunteers who bring our mission to life through selfless service to our community. Last year we had the best Fiesta, and we were not entirely sure we’d be able to top that experience. However, thanks to the vision of incredible volunteers, this year’s La Fiesta was even better!
Please join me in expressing our heartfelt gratitude to our rockstar event chair: Melissa Hernandez.
It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to work closely with her and watch her vision come to life. Her infectious enthusiasm and positive leadership played a huge role in making La Fiesta a success. Of course, every good leader receives vital support from their team, and our entire La Fiesta planning committee deserves our immense gratitude & recognition.
We are grateful to Felicia Baca, Yadira Nuñez, Sara Montero-Buria, & of course, the Artistic Director of our Collaborative Arts Exhibition - Nathalie Morgan.

It is truly a privilege to pause for a moment and take the time to reflect on the incredible community that we are a part of, and to acknowledge the people who are the hands and the hearts behind positive change. Our work depends upon community support & generosity.

At La Fiesta, on May 5, we were extremely honored to present our annual awards to those who exemplify the core values of our organization: passion, trust, integrity, collaboration, inclusion & innovation. All 2023 Award Honorees are listed below. We hope that you will join us in thanking them for their dedication to creating a future free of limitations.

HA Board Member of the Year
Megan Early-Soppa

The Hispanic Alliance Board of Directors recognizes a Board Member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our organization is positioned for success.

Campeón Award
The Jolley Foundation
For investing in our youth as we cultivate the next generation of leaders in South Carolina through our Student DREAMers Alliance.
Amigo Award
Will McCorkle
For his work to advance the work of our Student DREAMers Alliance, opening doors, hearts & minds in our students.
Amigo Award
María Belén Beltrán
For her continued contributions & warming and encouraging presence throughout our community and at so many Hispanic Alliance events.
Rising Star
Yenli Gaytan

Awarded to a young person who serves ceaselessly, Yenli mirrors the values of our organization’s founders and is creating a brighter future for us all.

Special Recogntion
Virginia Czapla & Phillip Wiler
The Hispanic Alliance recognizes these individuals that consistently go above and beyond, ensuring HA stays connected to our mission and serving the community in the best way possible.

Start the Summer with Greenville Triumph!

Mark your calendars for FIESTA DE FUTBOL with Greenville Triumph on June 3rd! Start the summer by supporting our soccer club while celebrating our culture at the Paladin Stadium. Tickets are already available and you can use code ALLIANCE to get a discount.

Steps to order tickets:

  1. Once on the website, enter code ALLIANCE and click “submit”
  2. You will see all upcoming games and scroll down to find the game on June 3rd.
  3. You can buy tickets for $21 and hangout at the Hispanic Alliance Sideline area or purchase tickets for $14 for best available.
Don't forget you can also walk into the store (22 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601) to purchase your tickets!

Summer camp registration now open at Neighborhood Focus!

It is not too late to register your kids for a summer camp. Neighborhood Focus is currently enrolling for their summer camp! This camp is open for students in grades 2nd through 8th with 2 different sessions to choose from. This focus group focuses on bible study, summer reading, arts & crafts, STEAM and field trips. To register please visit https://bit.ly/42tQFoo. For more information and registration please contact Nancy Quintanilla at [email protected] or 864-451-4684.


May 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 | Meals on Wheels

Our Spotlight presenter was Meals On Wheels which serves homebound individuals who are physically or mentally challenged to the point where meal preparation is either nearly impossible or potentially dangerous. You can refer a client if you know someone that can benefit from their services. Click here to learn the requirements and how to refer a community member.

Become a volunteer with Meals on Wheels

It takes more than 130 volunteers to prepare and deliver nearly 1,500 meals every day. You can make a difference by becoming a volunteer and prepare & deliver meals. Click here to learn more about volunteering opportunities. Click here to take action today.

 Meals on Wheels has bilingual staff available ready to help you.


The Greenville County Library System has some upcoming events:
  • Bilingual Story Time at Hughes Main Library –Friday, May 19, 5p-5:30p. Bilingual stories in English and Spanish for ages 10 & under with an adult caregiver. 
  • Summer Reading 2023: June 1 – July 29, ages 0-17. Early registration opens May 17! Babies, children, and teens can all participate in the Summer Reading challenge! Summer Reading is free, open to the public, and does not require a Library card. Children who participate in their public library’s summer reading program outperform those who don’t participate by: having better reading scores by the end of third grade, scoring higher on assessment tests at the beginning of the school year and/or scoring higher on standarized tests 
  • Check out a Park Passport: Check out an SC State Park Passport for free admission for occupants of one car into any of South Carolina’s State Parks.
  • New! Check out Board Games! Check out a board game from the library to enjoy with friends and family, available at the Hughes Main Library. 
  • Coming Soon! Citizen Workshops/ Talleres para el test de la Ciudadanía – Mon, Jul 17, 24, and 31, 6p-7p. Prepare yourself for the U.S. Citizenship test by using U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and online Library resources. Registration required.
Language classes available

Upstate International 2023 Summer Language Classes are now open for registration starting on the week of May 22nd. This is the perfect opportunity for those who want to use their summer to work on personal growth in a relaxed atmosphere. Danish, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish classes will be available for students this summer, with costs ranging from $130 to $485 for the entire season. 

Financial Stability & Business

SC Small Business Development Center | Power-UP/ Access to Capital

Join this event to gain a comprehensive understanding of these crucial aspects and enhance your knowledge in business financing. The training topics are accounting/budget, business financing, cash flow management. This event will be available in English and Spanish!


Groom For Health - Community Health Fair
New Horizon Family Health Services has teamed up with GroomGod Barbershop, and Infinite Possibilities, Inc. for “Groom for Health” – a Community Health and Wellness Fair! Join the fun on Saturday, June 10th from 10am -2pm at GroomGod Barbershop in Greenville for this FREE event! Some of the resources/ services include: discounted cuts and hair services, health information on a variety of topics including diabetes, mental health, nutrition, and more.

Legal & Advocacy

USCIS Policy Alert

USCIS is removing guidance related to the 2020 Civics Test Purpose U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to remove references to the 2020 version of the civics test.

High Schoolers in the Youth Commission

Opportunity for high schoolers to get more involved in their community: The Youth Commission of City of Greenville is recruiting high schoolers to ensure you have a voice in decision making and communication between the city’s adults and its youth.


Salsa is Sunset is around the corner!

Salsa at Sunset is a three-part summer series taking place on June 16th, July 28th, and August 25th, 2023, celebrating the vibrant Latin music and dance culture in downtown Greenville. The event will showcase a live Latin band each night and offer dancing on the corner of South Main Street and East Broad Street in the new Camperdown Plaza at the AC Marriott Hotel. This community-building and family-friendly event is free and open to the public. upstate International is seeking your help to keep bringing the rich Latin culture to the heart of Greenville once more. Sponsorship packages begin at only $250, giving you the opportunity to showcase your support to the Hispanic community in South Carolina. With over 3,500 people dancing with us last year, we expect nothing less this year!

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