#TeamChicas takes on @SacFoodBank’s Run to Feed the Hungry!


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Good afternoon and Happy Friday!

We’re 20 days away from one of the largest runs in Sacramento (and in the nation on Thanksgiving) put on by the Sacramento Food Bank, Run to Feed the Hungry taking place Thursday, November 26!

Keep in mind, participating in this race not only does good for your health, but also means you’re giving back to our community. All profits from this race go to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Serivces (SFBFS) that offers 14 diverse services, all focusing on education and moving families to self-sufficiency and financial independence. Click the link to sign up: https://register.chronotrack.com/reg/external-link-ref?la=f6a24f0fd433387fed42206cbf714db1cafaa459. Below is a screen shot upon choosing a team, be sure to choose “Join Existing Team” and use the search box to find #TeamChicas.

#TeamChicas is very grateful to be part of this great event. We encourage YOU to come out and train with us, from walkers to beginning runners, we invite you. We meet Wednesday’s at 6pm in front of McKinley Library in East Sacramento and Sunday’s at 8 am in Sutter’s Landing on 28th and C.

If you come out to one of our weeknight trainings please wear reflective/neon gear, and/or a headlight. Our training schedule for the next few days is as follows:

11/08/15- Sutter’s Landing- Runners 5 easy miles. Walkers 3-4

11/11/15- McKindley Park- Runners 5 miles tempo. Walkers 4

11/15/15- Run on your own. No Team Chicas training on this day

11/18/15- McKindley Park- Runners 5.5 miles tempo. Walkers 4.5

11/22/15- Sutter’s Landing- Runners 4 miles easy. Walkers 3

Hope to see you out there!


Let us know if you’d like to sign up:

ATTN: Press release, Recreation.gov and Latino Outdoors Announce Partnership


Contacts: Janelle Smith, Graciela Cabello
janellesmith@fs.fed.us | 720-2020-9029, graciela@latinooutdoors.org | 805-203-6679
US Forest Service | Recreation.gov Latino Outdoors

Recreation.gov and Latino Outdoors Announce Partnership
During National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2015 – Recreation.gov and Latino Outdoors will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) by kicking off a partnership to highlight the great work by many within the Latino(a) community who dedicate themselves to connecting Latino culture, or “cultura” and community to the outdoors.

“Recreation.gov, the flagship of the Recreation One Stop program, represents the desire of all of its partner agencies to help people connect to public lands and waters throughout the country,” said Rick DeLappe, Recreation One Stop program manager. “By working with Latino Outdoors, we can bring more attention to a network of conservation-minded explorers who share their passion for the outdoors. Their stories are contagious – inspiring stewardship and exploration of our federal lands and waterways.”

“Our goal is to encourage members of our community, especially any who have experienced the Great Outdoors for the first time, to share their stories of a particularly challenging hike, seeing wildlife at a refuge, or maybe what it felt like to sleep in a tent for the first time,” said Jose Gonzalez, Founder of Latino Outdoors. “By telling our stories, the community helps define what it means to have a Latino(a) identity in relation to the outdoors. Stories have power and they say many things about the cultural traditions and values we hold—especially our love and connections with our open spaces. We are excited about this campaign with Recreation.Gov, stemming from a partnership with Active Network earlier this year, and part of a larger strategic alliance, to work together to identify and increase Latino engagement in the outdoors. Both partnerships allow us to amplify our storytelling and demonstrate the diversity of engagement in our public lands and outdoor recreation.”

Beginning September 15, Recreation.gov will feature experiences from volunteer Latino Outdoor Ambassadors from across the country. Visitors will also be encouraged to join Recreation.gov through Facebook and Instagram and share stories, photos or videos of their outdoor experiences using #LatinoOutdoors.

“Launching this partnership for National Hispanic Heritage Month provides a platform to reflect upon and inspire us to discover and enjoy the cultural influences from long ago to the present—and recognize this multi-cultural heritage as the unifying fabric of this country,” said DeLappe.


Recreation One-Stop is a recreation trip-planning, reservation and information sharing platform for the nation’s federal lands. Visitors to Recreation.gov can reserve campgrounds, apply for river permits, schedule a tour, discover points-of-interest near major cities, learn about destinations, and so much more. The Recreation One-Stop program is a joint initiative among federal agency partners including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, National Archives and Records Administration, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

With roots in the past, a presence in the present and vision for the future, Latino Outdoors is a network of leaders committed to engaging Latinos/as in the outdoors, connecting familias and youth with nature, and empowering our community of storytellers to explore and share their personal experiences. Our growing online platform allows participants to creatively document their cultural connections to conservation, the environment, and the Great American Outdoors with the world.

Segundo año consecutivo la campaña de recolección de zapatos ” Starting on the right foot” que ayuda a escuelas en Sacramento


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Chicas Latinas de Sacramento tiene el gusto de organizar por segundo año consecutivo la campaña de recolección de zapatos ” Starting on the right foot” que ayuda a escuelas locales. Este año estamos patrocinando a la escuela Woodbine en el sur de Sacramento.

Nuestra meta es de recaudar 700 pares de zapatos nuevos para niños de entre 5-12 años de edad.

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Estamos invitando a la communidad a que nos ayude a llegar a esta meta y ayude a los niños a empezar el año escolar bien.
Tenemo tres localidades donde pueden dejar su donacion: Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff (401 Watt Ave.), Capsity (2572 21st St.), (448 Howe Ave). O tambien pueden acudir a nuestra Fiesta Communitaria este 28 de agosto que toma lugar en Sol Collective, o nuestro marathon de zumba el 30 de agosto en Result Transformation.

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#ChicasWhoGive 2nd Annual “Starting off on the Right Foot” Shoe Drive Drop-Off Party


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Join Chicas Latinas de Sacramento and our generous friends and donors at our “Starting Off on the Right Foot” Community Party!

Drop off your final shoe donations | Stay to celebrate! 

Register: https://chicaslatinasshoedriveparty2015.eventbrite.com

Share & Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/144960469173710

Chicas 2015 Shoe Drive 2 copy (1)Bring your final shoe donations to Sol Collective on Friday, August 28th from 5:30 -7:30 and enjoy refreshments and small bites as we celebrate the closing of our annual shoe drive. (Open to the public. Please RSVP.)

Eventbrite - Chicas Latinas' Back-to-School Shoe Drive "Starting off on the Right Foot" Community Party!

This year we’re sponsoring Woodbine Elementary School —  with a goal of 700 pairs of NEW shoes. Can you help?!?! 

In case you missed last year’s shoe-drive… here’s what you missed: 

When we asked school staff members what the students are most in need of when starting the new school year, we were simply told, “shoes.” Shoes that fit and shoes in working condition… free of holes and torn soles. Back-to-school shoes, a basic need to most, are a luxury item to these children. 

For that reason, Chicas Latinas members are host anual shoe-drives for local schools and are ask the community to join us for “Starting off on the Right Foot,” in an effort to provide shoes for these students as they enter into the new school year. Shoes must be new and should fit 5-12 year old students, boys and girls.

Please share this event and consider asking your colleagues, friends, and family to donate A pair of shoes… I have 100% confidence we can collect 700 pairs of shoes, with your help!

Drop-Off Locations July 13th – Aug. 27:  

Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff: 401 Watt Ave. Sacramento, CA 95864

Capsity: 2572 21st. St, Sacramento, CA 95818

Salon 701448 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825

Any cash donations specific to this event are greatly appreciated! Tax ID: 46-104861

Eventbrite - Chicas Latinas' Back-to-School Shoe Drive "Starting off on the Right Foot" Community Party!

Zumba “Shake Yo Booty” Shoe Drive for Chicas Latinas’ “Starting off on the Right Foot!”


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You read right Sacramento, you’re invited to a Zumba “Shake Yo Booty” Shoe Drive!

The fee for the awesome Zumba class is a pair of new shoes for Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s “Starting off on the Right Foot” Shoe Drive.

Please join us in giving, breaking a sweat, and having some Zumba fun. Share, invite your friends and family members, and help us reach our goal of 700 pairs of new shoes for the children at Woodbine Elementary School.

The Details: 

  • Sunday, August 30th
  • 10:30am – Noon
  • Results Transformation, 109 15th Street, West Sacramento
  • Price: A new pair of shoes for a child (ages, 5-12)

CL Zumba Shoe Drive 2015

A special thank you to everyone listed below, for making this wonderful event happen. We were approached by Denyse Velazquez, who informed us that they were putting on this event FOR Chicas Latinas’ Shoe Drive! We’re extremely grateful for all who came together in support our shoe drive and our community’s youth. Thank you!

1. Results Transformation Center, the owner is Matt Weaver
2. Instructors:
Francine Valdez
Ingrid Hutchins
Maryann Whalen
Queenie Rabino
3. DV Face & Skin Solutions, Owner is Denyse Velazquez
4. Lisa Franco
5. Rosa Marshall
6. Josef Freeman
7. Jerry Spurgin

#ChicasWhoGive Sponsors Woodbine Elementary School for 2nd Annual Shoe Drive in Sacramento


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10473806_10152439014211821_2897667491351908017_nChicas Latinas de Sacramento is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Back to SchoolDrive, “Starting Off on the Right Foot” benefiting Woodbine Elementary School in South Sacramento.

Last year we sponsored Hagginwood Elementary School and collected over 300 shoe donations (closing in at 500 after monetary donations) for their students in need — and we need YOUR HELP in accomplishing our goal of 700 pairs in 2015.

The shoe-drive idea is simple… new school year, new shoes! Shoes that fit and are in working condition, free of holes and torn soles. Back-to-school shoes, basic for most, but often a luxury item to many families and children in socio-economically disadvantaged communities.

Let’s rally together in an effort to provide shoes for these students as they enter into the new school year.  Please consider sharing our event, donating, and helping us reach our goal. ✨A lot of area stores are offering great deals for back-to-school shopping. We’ve found NEW shoes as inexpensive as $7! You can also donate directly to the drive at http://bit.ly/ChicasShoeDrive2015 (100% of funds raised will be used to purchase shoes).

Anyone can help by help by spreading the word… Invite, Invite, Invite on Facebook: “Starting Off on the Right Foot” Shoe Drive for Woodbine Elementary 👬👭


Fine print: Shoes should fit 5-12 year old students, boys and girls. Shoes MUST BE NEW. (Let’s give these kids something special that they’ll truly remember ~ a shiny new pair of kicks!) It’s not “technically” part of the drive, but we’ll also accept new socks. We were shocked last year by how many kids came to us without having socks on their feet.

The shoe collection dates will run from July 13 thru August 28 — ending with a free event for community members, participants, and donors! (TBA)

Donate on Eventbrite:
Eventbrite - DONATE Chicas Latinas' Back-to-School Shoe Drive for Woodbine Elementary! "Starting off on the Right Foot"

Drop-Off Locations: 

Pictures from 2014 @ Hagginwood Elementary School: 

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#LatinasOutdoors: How a Latina Nature Explorer was Born


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Guest Blog by Chicas Latinas’ Member: Patricia Diaz

My earliest memories venturing out into the great outdoors are strongly correlated with food. For my Mexican family, summer trips to the lake equaled carne asada and grilled onions. Burritos neatly wrapped in tinfoil still remind me of our treks up I-80 in the winter, so we could slide down snowy hills. You work up quite an appetite falling face first in the snow.  

Chicas Latinas' Member, Patricia Diaz

Chicas Latinas’ Member, Patricia Diaz

The night before a trip to the lake I would anticipate walking on the sand (or dirt depending on the location.) I would imagine the first moment the water came into view. I’d get so excited at the thought of jumping in the lake, with my pair of two-dollar arm floaties, that I’d have trouble falling asleep. Our annual trips to the snow was one of a handful of times in winter that this California kid got to pull her favorite puffy jacket out of the closet, wear a scarf and beanie, and actually need it.

Looking back, I realize that this is when my love affair with nature began. I loved it for what it was… before I knew that fancy outdoor equipment existed, before going out into nature seemed complicated and expensive. Being outdoors and exploring this gorgeous state of California filled me up with a sense of pure joy. The giddy feeling I used to get as a kid when I caught a glimpse of sparkling blue water, or a snow bank taller than my 5-year-old frame, is the same exact feeling that the grown up me gets every time I see Lake Tahoe from the top of a Sierra peak.

To the Latinas and Latinos I know who don’t venture out into nature very often, I have to ask why not? If it’s out of a sense of uncertainty of where to start, what gear you will need and who will guide you then I say look no further than this blog.

I would remind you that the reality is you can get out on countless hiking trails with little more than an old pair of sneakers & a bag filled with snacks & water. Don’t let the gear deter you. There are trails and places for everyone and for every level, from the beginner to the highly experienced trekker. My advice to you, just get out there with a fellow nature lover in the lead. I promise you that you will walk away from that first outing with memories that will last a lifetime. The added bonus is that this type of exercise comes with a view. After all, you just so happen to live in one of the most naturally beautiful places in the entire world! The trails of the Sierra Nevada and the Coast are waiting for you to take your first step. Wait there’s more…

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento are pleased to be partnering with Latino Outdoors to be your ambassadors and guides! Our first trip together will be to explore the Palomarin Trail at Point Reyes on Saturday June 27th (RSVP on Meetup, or email us!). Learn more about Latino Outdoors by clicking here http://latinooutdoors.org
No more excuses. You have a time, a place, and people who love the outdoors to lead the way. Vamonos a explorar! Let’s go explore, with Chicas Latinas de Sacramento and Latinos Outdoors!

Contact Patricia Diaz & #TeamChicas Running Group at: committees@chicaslatinasdesacramento.org

#TBT Chicas Latinas de Sacramento at Rebuilding Together Sacramento in April 2015


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11196358_10152790775516821_4054605469764219751_nWe’re going to take advantage of this #TBT (throwback Thursday) to share pictures from a community project Chicas Latinas de Sacramento volunteered at, Rebuilding Together Sacramento! 

Chicas Latinas members have been SO busy in the community these last few months that we’ve had a hard time catching up with ourselves. (Shameless plug, join our marketing team!) 

Thank you to our amazing volunteers who helped at Rebuild Day on April 25. Our volunteers helped rebuild a home and made a huge difference in the lives of a single mother and her six children in Sacramento.

The Mission of Rebuilding Together is to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners in need. Learn more: http://rebuildingtogethersacramento.org/about-us/mission/

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Join Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s Leadership Team!


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Do you enjoy…

  • Working in and with the Sacramento community?
  • Helping plan and organize events, fundraisers, and community drives?
  • Marketing events, programs, and community drives?
  • Blogging, shooting and/or editing video?
  • Inspiring others to give?

Consider joining Chicas Latinas’ leadership team!

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento‘s Program & Events and Marketing Committees meet once a month on Tuesday evenings, and are in need of a few good committee members who are interested in learning, becoming involved in the community, and giving to Chicas Latinas in order to help us further our mission.


We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which relies 100% on our community volunteers and donations. As we continue into our 7th year of existence, we’re excited to grow and gain funding… but we need your help to continue our work! Men and women are welcomed to join, no experience is necessary (although it’s always a plus).

Online Application: http://bit.ly/ChicasLatinasCommitteeApp

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Our mission is to make a positive impact in both the Latin and Sacramento community by improving, connecting and embracing our culture and the community in which we call our home, by giving back to our community, utilizing our people and our culture to educate, inspire, and lead.

Chicas Latinas’ Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Sacramento 2015 Team with Los Hombres


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Thank you to all the men who joined our ‪#‎WAM2015‬ team, Los Hombres de las Chicas Latinas de Sacramento… and thank you to our amazing Chicas Latinas volunteers!

This was the first year that Chicas Latinas de Sacramento hosted a walking team. We didn’t quite know what to expect, but were thrilled to discover that over 25 men registered for our team. Los Hombres delivered and we can’t wait to host a team next year – bigger and better! Chicas Latinas also hosted a volunteer team and tabled at the event.

Chicas Latinas’ team helped WEAVE, Inc. raise nearly $2,500 for sexual assault & domestic violence services for survivors in the ‪‎Sacramento community. Did we reach #‎1000MenStrong‬? With the help of Los Hombres de las Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, Weave Inc. broke a record for men walking in heals this year at Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

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