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Chicas Latinas’ Estrella del Mes: Enero

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento has existed in the community for 9 years, thanks to the hard work and dedication of some amazing individuals. To celebrate Sacramento’s Latina Leaders, and our behind-the-scenes (s)heroes, we’re starting “Estrella del Mes” in 2018 to introduce the Sacramento community to our shinning stars!

Chicas Latinas’ Estrella de Mes: Enero / Star of the Month: January

Susana Becerra

Susana Becerra – Board of Directors, Secretary and Chair of Programs & Events Committee

How long have you been a part of Chicas Latinas?

5 years this year!

What’s your favorite aspect of being a Chicas Latinas member?

Being around like minded people who believe that a person can make a difference in their community by volunteering.

What do you love about Sacramento?

It continues to have a “small town” feel with the benefits of a city such as diversity, cultural events, great restaurants, fun bars, wonderful bike trail and parks for enjoying the outdoors. Plus we are conveniently located a couple of hours from the ocean or the mountains.

What is one of your most fun or memorable experience volunteering with Chicas?

Most fun is watching Los Hombres de las Chicas walk a mile in women’s high heel shoes to raise funds and increase awareness about domestic violence. Men in heels…how could that not be fun?

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Most memorable is our annual “Starting Off on the Right Foot” Shoe Drive, specifically the day we distribute shoes to the elementary school children. Seeing their eyes light up when they get individual attention from community volunteers to help pick out their new shoes is priceless.

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Why did you join Chicas?

I strongly believe in helping those that are in need and Chicas focuses on volunteering and serving those in our community that are often disenfranchised. It’s inspiring to be surrounded by Latinas that use their skills/talents/time to selflessly help others.

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What are your interest and hobbies?

Traveling, hiking, going to festivals, going to cultural events, movies.

What or who inspires you?

To be honest, regular every day people, like those that join Chicas. It reminds me that you don’t have to be a super star, rich or famous to do great things for people. Regular people doing good things gives me hope.

Favorite quote to live by:

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why? 

Each place I’ve been to has been great for different reasons. Cuba is beautiful with such kind people who seemed to always have a smile regardless of their circumstances. It felt like a time warp because their cars and buildings are of the era when the U.S. embargo started. It was very interesting to see their anti-US signs and propaganda. China was also quite an experience because it’s so different than the Latin American and European countries I’ve been. It was fun to experience a place where I absolutely did not know the language and no way I could “get by.” Both places had such rich history!

What is your most favorite family tradition?

During the Christmas holidays making tamales with my mom and sister. My sister and I always whine and gripe about having to help, my mom usually makes some sort of comment about putting in work in order to eat, then we and other family members laugh and join in the tamale making. Whining is part of the tradition, there has to be whining or it doesn’t quite feel the same☺

Read more from Susana, check out her guest Blog Post from 2015:  There’s a first for everything, backpacking with Chicas Latinas and Latino Outdoors

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Save the Date(s)! Chicas Latinas Looks Forward to a 2018 of Giving & Community

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Thank you Sacramento for a 2017 full of support and encouragement. Our members took it “slow” this year in order to strengthen and update our foundation, vision, and goals. However, 2017 proved to be anything but slow for our members, volunteers, and community!

Aside from our many regular volunteer and drive activities this year, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento launched our annual Scholarship Awards. We awarded a deserving young Latina in our community with funds to use towards her college education.

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We also launched a laptop drive. With your donations we provided eight refurbished laptops to local middle school students in need.

Chicas Latinas has officially launched our 2018 “Starting Off on the Right Foot” shoe drive, benefiting D.W. Babcock Elementary School. Flyers and sponsorship information to be released in January. Contact us for more information and/or to join in on the fun — planning is underway for 2018 drive events!

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SAVE THE DATES:

April 21: Rebuilding Together Sacramento — Chicas Latinas will have a volunteer team to help rebuild homes in our community. Morning and afternoon shifts will be available, look for volunteer info to come!

May 20: Weave Inc. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes — Chicas Latinas will have a volunteer AND Hombre walking team! You’re not going to want to miss this ladies n’ gents. Stay tuned for team registration and volunteer info!

Help Wanted!

Do you love our Sacramento Crisis Nursery volunteer events as much as we do? — Consider hosting one! We host nursery visits every other month (on Saturdays) and are looking for a few Chicas’ who can lead one (or two) volunteer projects in 2018! Our next event will be in February. Email us to learn more: committees@chicaslatinasdesacramento.org

Coming Up in Sacramento:

  • Jan. 2: Marketing & Community Outreach Committee Mtg.
  • Jan 3: #TeamChicas Running Group
  • Jan. 8 Programs & Events Committee Mtg.
  • Jan 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, Day of Service
  • Jan 17: #TeamChicas Running Group
  • Jan 20: Women’s March Sacramento 2018
  • Feb 3: Steps to College 2018

Every other Sunday, 8am: Volunteer and Help Feed the Homeless with CAFFE at Cesar Chavez Plaza

#TeamChicas will continue our Wednesday evening runs, until further notice (stay tuned for Zumba!).

TBD Scholarship Committee Mtg. (contact for meeting times)

TBD Chicas Latinas Board Mtg. (contact for meeting times)

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Give, while you shop:

Chicas Latinas is now linked to #amazonsmile! Shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Chicas Latinas De Sacramento!

Chicas Latinas’ December Sacramento Volunteer and Social Activities

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Chicas Latinas de Sacramento had a blast in November and we are excited to close out 2017 with a giving December. But first, a recap:

Chicas Latinas joined Sacramento Young Professionals of Color at their November Happy Hour event to officially launch our 2018 “Starting Off on the Right Foot” shoe drive, benefiting D.W. Babcock Elementary School. We packed the house and raised over $1,000 for our shoe drive! Stay tuned for future events and ways you (or your business) can give in 2018.

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Thank you to everyone who joined #TeamChicas on Thanksgiving morning at Run To Feed The Hungry, benefiting Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services!

#TeamChicas will continue our Wednesday evening runs, until further notice (stay tuned for winter Zumba!).

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Chicas Latinas’ Holiday Drive:

For the Holidays, Chicas Latinas is supporting Sacramento Crisis Nursery by sponsoring an Arts and Crafts supply drive! Deadline for donations is Dec. 15. View wish-list here. To learn more and/or donate, email: committees@chicaslatinasdesacramento.org

Join us on Dec. 11, 5-7pm, at Ten Ten Room in downtown Sacramento for Mistletoe & Martinis, a Holiday Social with Chicas Latinas + Sac Crisis Nursery Donation Drop-Off. This happy hour social will be co-ed, come one and come all!

Announcing:

Chicas Latinas is now linked to #amazonsmile! Shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Chicas Latinas de Sacramento!

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Chicas Latinas’ December Meetings:

Dec. 6: Marketing & Community Outreach Committee Mtg.

Dec. 11: Mistletoe & Martinis, Holiday Social with Chicas Latinas + Sac Crisis Nursery Donation Drop-Off 

Dec. 12: Programs & Events Committee Mtg.

TBA: Scholarship Committee Mtg.

Interested in joining a Chicas Latinas committee, email us at: committees@chicaslatinasdesacramento.org

Coming Up in Sacramento:

Nov. 30: Posada Navideña 2017

Dec. 4: WEAVE Inc. Volunteer Orientation

Dec. 7:  La Pastorela de Sacramento

Dec. 9: Chicas Latinas’ Volunteer Day at Sac Crisis Nursery

Dec. 11: Chicas Latinas’ Social, Mistletoe & Martinis

Dec. 15: Deadline, Arts & Crafts Donations for Sac Crisis Nursery

Dec. 25: Merry Christmas! Volunteer, help feed the homeless on Christmas morning with CAFFE at Cesar Chavez Plaza

Sacramento Young Professionals of Color Host November Happy Hour in Support of “Starting Off on the Right Foot” Shoe Drive

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Mark your calendars for Sacramento Young Professionals of Color‘s upcoming November Happy Hour mixer, which will be held in partnership with Chicas Latinas de Sacramento.

November 15, 5:30-7:30pm at Azul Mexican Food & Tequila Bar! 🍺🍸

 Click Here to RSVP and Invite via Facebook!

The event will officially launch Chicas Latinas’ 2018 “Starting Off on the Right Foot” Shoe Drive. We’re getting a head start this year and hope you can join us at SYPOC’s event and help kick-off our drive on the right foot! At SYPOC’s November Happy Hour, we will be collecting NEW shoes and monetary donations for Chicas Latinas signature shoe drive event.

“Starting Off on the Right Foot” provides NEW shoes to elementary students in need. The children who attend our sponsored Sacramento schools live in underserved communities and the schools and students often lack basic back-to-school supplies. Shoes are often overlooked when finances are limited, yet they are essential to a student’s self-esteem and child development. Shoes that fit properly, are free of holes, and have intact soles, are considered a luxury item for some Sacramento families and children. It is our goal to see to it that EVERY child, at our sponsored school is able to start the new year on the right foot!

“Starting​ ​Off​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Right​ ​Foot”​ ​History:
2014 – Hagginwood Elementary: Collected 100+ pairs
2015 – Woodbine Elementary: Collected 400+ pairs
2016 – Del Paso Heights Elementary: Collected 500+ pairs

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D. W. Babcock Elementary has be chosen as Chicas Latinas’ 2018 shoe drive beneficiary! Babcock Elementary School serves approximately 400 Pre-K through 6th grade students. Over 90% of the students are considered socioeconomically disadvantaged.

One hundred percent of all shoe and monetary donations will be used to provide a NEW pair of shoes for the children at D. W. Babcock Elementary, part of Twin Rivers Unified School District. All donations are tax-deductible (Tax ID: 46-1048619).

Look out for a future “Starting Off on the Right Foot” shoe drive event, benefiting the students of D.W. Babcock, near you!

Want more? Check out videos from some of our previous shoe drives:
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Join #TeamChicas at Run to Feed the Hungry in Sacramento!

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#TeamChicas is excited to join the 24th annual Run to Feed the Hungry benefiting Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, for our 4th year in a row! Sacramento’s annual run is the largest Thanksgiving Day run in the country, and we invite you to be a part of it, by joining #TeamChicas in our Sacramento Thanksgiving Day Tradition!

View #TeamChicas Pledge page, here: http://bit.ly/ChicasRTFTH2017 (where you can donate, join, invite, share…!)

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To join #TeamChicas: 
• Create an account on RaceRoster
https://raceroster.com/events/2017/13212/run-to-feed-the-hungry-10k5k/register
• Register yourself using the Adult Team Option
• Click Add This Participant to a Team
• Select team name from drop down (#TeamChicas)
• Complete registration process
• Invite your friends & family to join our team — all are welcomed, any fitness level! 

Visit and share our Facebook Event page
* * * All team members must register by November 5, 2017 * * *
The team registration fee is $55 per adult and $35 per youth

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ABOUT RUN TO FEED THE HUNGRY 
WHAT: 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk to support Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

WHEN: Thanksgiving morning – Thursday, November 23, 2017 — Rain or Shine!
10K – 8:15 a.m. • 5K – 9 a.m.

WHERE:  The race starts on J Street just west of the entrance to the Sacramento State campus and runs through the beautiful tree lined streets of East Sacramento.
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📢✨ HOW TO GET CHICAS LATINAS DE SACRAMENTO TO COVER YOUR RTFTH REGISTRATION FEE 📢

Join #TeamChicas for THREE Wednesday runs (between Sept. 20 – Nov. 1) and we’ll cover the RTFTH Registration fee for 5 participants. 😲😲

* The deadline for team registration is November 5, 2017. Team registration and accompanying team shirts will not be available after Sunday, November 5, 2017.
View #TeamChicas Pledge page, here: http://bit.ly/ChicasRTFTH2017

Students: Apply for Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s 2017 Scholarship

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Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 9.01.01 PMChicas Latinas de Sacramento has been in the forefront helping families from the Sacramento region through community support and volunteer service.

We are excited to reiterate our commitment for making an impact in the lives of local students by announcing Chicas Latinas’ Scholarship Program! We’re giving away one $500 scholarship to a latino or latina student from the Sacramento Region for the 2017-2018 college year.

This scholarship is intended to help our Hispanic community accomplish higher education goals. The application period is open until May 1, 2017 (11:59pm PST), applicants must be from Sacramento County and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

For more information or to apply, visit: www.chicaslatinasdesacramento.org 

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Deadline to apply is May 1, 2017 (11:59pm PST)

Have questions? Want to donate to our (soon to be annual) Scholarship program and help us give MORE to MORE Sacramento Latin@ students?  Contact us here: committees@chicaslatinasdesacramento.org w/ subject line “Scholarship Donation.

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Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s Scholarship Committee Members

Interested in giving your time and/or expertise to Chicas Latinas de Sacramento? Email our board of directors: board@chicaslatinasdesacramento.org

“Starting off on the right foot!” Shoe Drive for Del Paso Heights Elementary!

Students from Woodbine Elementary excited about showing off their new kicks (2015)

Students from Woodbine Elementary excited about showing off their new kicks (2015)

This year, beginning July 1st through September 16th, we’re embarking on our third year of hosting the “Starting off on the right foot” Shoe Drive for the students of Del Paso Heights Elementary! The Shoe Drive has one very simple goal in mind: Get behind one underserved elementary school before the upcoming school year in Sacramento to give new shoes for ALL of its students within an underserved community.

Originally beginning in 2014, Chicas Latinas began planning with lofty goals to bring together the community to bring awareness to the dilemma most kids living in an underserved area are faced with: very little resources, forcing families to forgo simple items not viewed as a top priority- shoes.

This is a reality a lot of kids are living with in Sacramento, along with being located in areas of high-crime areas, especially in Del Paso Heights. Each year educators and school staff members share personal stories they or their students have experienced related to coming to school with shoes that are simply falling apart.

Fortunately, each year more members of the community are stepping in to help in whatever way they can. In 2015, Results the Training Gym invited Chicas Latinas to join them as they hosted their own shoe fundraiser/drive with their members for a Zumba class! Going on our third year means the same opportunity is presented to individuals and organizations alike who seek to show students in a neglected part of the city they care.

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Results the Training Gym after its class with all shoes donated to Chicas Latinas (2015)

This year Sac City Rollers, Sacramento’s women’s roller derby team, is hosting Chicas Latinas as their Charity of the Month at their next game, Saturday July 23rd at 6:15PM! The event will be located at The Rink 2900 Bradshaw Rd, Sacramento, California 95827.

Chicas volunteers during a Sac City Roller Derby (2015)

Chicas volunteers during a Sac City Roller Derby (2015)

Everyone who is an adult has been inspired by someone during their childhood, unsolicited in one way or another, simply because that person decided to be a positive example. Together, we can do the same for the students of Del Paso Heights elementary.

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento will be collecting shoes & donations from July 1st to September 16th. the following locations listed below are active shoe drop off locations. Please be mindful of the times and days our dropoff locations are open for business!

Don’t have time to drop off shoes or aren’t in Sacramento? No Problem! Follow the link here to donate: http://bit.ly/CLShoeDrive2016

1. Capsity- 2572 21st Sacramento, CA 95818

2. Living Roots Chiropractic – 2410 Fair Oaks Blvd #170, Sacramento, CA 95825

3. The Colour Bar – 2314 K St Sacramento, CA 95816

4. ExtraPlate App- 1122 Del Paso Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95815

5. The Rink- 2900 Bradshaw Rd Sacramento, CA 95827

*100% of proceeds will go towards purchasing new shoes!!!

#TeamChicas Running for Health, Running for the Community

Team Chicas 2/25Chicas Latinas de Sacramento is committed to finding ways of engaging and improving our community. Team Chicas was formed in effort to connect with our community and promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Offering weekly trainings, Team Chicas is open to all who want to exercise in a friendly, energetic, no pressure environment. Our goal is not only to motivate people to create change on an individual basis; but also to work as a team and foster participating in local runs that raise awareness and funds for a worthy causes. Team Chicas has proudly taken part in Run to Feed the Hungry, UC Davis Camp Kesem 5K (proceeds sponsor summer camp for a child who’s parent has been struck by cancer), and The Women’s Fitness Festival. This year we look forward to adding one more run to our list Break Free Run- the race to end human trafficking.

In an effort to reach a wider scope of interests and continue encouraging physical activity, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento has partner up with Latino Outdoors. This collaboration has lead to hiking, backpacking, and canoeing activities all free and open to the public. As we move forward we hope to continue growing and spreading healthy habits in our community. Sign-up, learn more: bit.ly/ChicasRunningGroup

March 20th: Flores a Montones! Hike at Table Mountain with CDFW

April 23rd: Los Hombres de Las Chicas- Walk A Mile In Her Shoes 

 

There’s a first for everything, backpacking with Chicas Latinas and Latino Outdoors

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Blog contribution by Chicas Latinas de Sacramento Board Member and Programs & Event Chair, Susana Becerra: 

I never backpacked before, but was always interested in it. I had talked to my friends about backpacking and always wanted to organize an outing, but to be honest I didn’t know where to start. The gear alone felt intimidating.

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento partnered with Latino Outdoors earlier this year. Together we began hosting day-hikes and other outdoor adventures for our Chicas Latinas members, and it was only a matter of time before a backpacking trip was in the works. The plan, Latino Outdoors would provide all the education, gear, and the guide required for a backpacking trip — for free!! All we (I) had to do was show up. How much easier could that be?! 

 

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Board Member, Susana Becerra

Thanks to the partnership of Chicas Latinas and Latino Outdoors, in November I went on my very first backpacking trip! Since my return, a few people have asked me what the highlights of my trip were. My response is hard to put into words because the entire experience was a highlight. Regardless, here are my thoughts about my first backpacking trip…

We set out on a cool sunny Saturday to Henry Coe State Park about 2.5 hours from Sacramento. Three Chicas Latinas and our Latino Outdoor guide chatted throughout the car ride.  We chatted during our hikes, we chatted throughout the night, we chatted chatted chatted. You get the idea. The point being is backpacking proved to be a way to connect to my fellow comrades. When else are you going to get 24 hours of human connectedness without the interruptions of cell phones, obligations, and responsibilities? When else do you take the time to share stories and laugh until food comes out of your mouth (yes, this happened)? When else do you sit in the dark and play games and I’m not talking video games on our cells/ipads/game consoles?  We went in to this adventure as strangers and came out friends with a mutual respect for each other for what we had accomplished together, as a team.

 

I have to admit that one of the reasons I enjoyed backpacking so much is that social conventions are thrown out the window.  So you haven’t showered or brushed your teeth for a while? No problem! Growing up my dad would frequently call me “cochina” when I licked my fingers and he insisted I use a napkin.  When backpacking, licking your fingers is highly encouraged, heck, wipe your mouth on your sleeve for all we care. It’s a way to produce less garbage because with Leave No Trace principals it means everything you use/bring you have to take back with you. When carrying a heavy load with minimal space every little bit counts. Literally licking your bowl and utensils clean is applauded. And you know you are with Latinos when a can of jalapeños en vinagre is brought out to accompany a meal, but what do you do with the left over vinegar? Drink it of course. What do you do with the water left over after boiling our dinner noodles? You guessed it, drink it! These acts are cheered and seen as taking one for the team.  It almost became a game to see how far we would go to Leave No Trace. It was a much welcomed change of pace to not have to be prim and proper for an entire weekend.

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You may be thinking that you have to be really strong to go backpacking. Well, sort of, but not really.  See, the strongest part of a woman’s body is in her legs and hip area and lo and behold that is where the backpack sits. The strap that goes across the hip/waist area shifts the weight from your back to your hips/legs, which is also why you have to use a backpack that fits your body/size.  We were carrying quite the load and we all agreed we felt like “burros” but it’s all part of the fun and challenging experience. We take many things for granted such as walking and this was a reminder to appreciate the ease in which I walk. With a heavy load I was unsteady and required concentration to accomplish what normally I can do with ease.  I’ve gone hiking before, but not with a heavy pack.  Our team of Chicas Latinas backpackers trekked fairly fast considering we were going uphill and carrying a heavy load. Perhaps it was because subconsciously we were trying to get out of the rain on day two.  The rain only added to us feeling absolutely awesome at the end of our journey. A feeling of “we did it! And in the rain!” Excuse the language, but there is no other way to describe it other than saying I FELT LIKE A BADASS! I am woman, hear me roar.

Last but not least I’d like to highlight the nature aspect of backpacking. We saw various wild life animals such as deer, newts, wood peckers, and a bald eagle. We would stop along our hike to appreciate the various foliage and try to translate the word from how our parents taught us in Spanish to the word in English leading to conversations about colloquialisms from one town to the next within even the same country. Basil in Spanish is Albahaca by the way…I learn something new every day.

As I went about my regular work week following our trip, I was reminded of my adventurous weekend every time I got up from a sitting position. My leg muscles were sore, but I couldn’t help but smile as I inched along the first few steps until my tight muscles loosen and I was able to walk again. I live in a two story home and when going down the stairs I literally said “ow ow ow” with every step I went down, while laughing at how funny I must look. This is not to discourage anyone from backpacking, on the contrary it’s to encourage you to try something that challenges your body just enough to push it outside its comfort zone because that is how we grow and evolve…to push outside our comfort zones. And if I can do it, you can too.

Thank you Sol, Adriana, and Eduardo for such a memorable experience.

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Latino Outdoors & #TeamChicas (more pics on Facebook)!

Please consider joining us, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, as we continue to offer opportunities in partnership with Latino Outdoors.  We especially like having newbies and we are happy to ease any concerns you may have and answer any questions. 

Like our Facebook page and sign-up at bit.ly/ChicasRunningGroup to learn about #TeamChicas upcoming events!

Coming up: 

Fleet Feet Free Holiday Classic 5k Run/Walk Sunday, December 13, 2015

Join Fleet Feet Sports of Sacramento for the 9th annual Holiday Classic Fun Run.  The race is FREE.  The race began as a lighthearted reason to gather for a run during the holiday season and has developed into a toy drive for the Salvation Army.  This year the Salvation Army can use the support of the running community and the community at large in these tough economic times.  Our goal is to fill a Salvation Army truck with your donations. For more details visit Team Chicas meet up pagehttp://www.meetup.com/ChicasLatinas/events/226677376/

Winter Challenge Dec. 16 th-March 9th

Add up the miles!! Accumulate 50 miles training with Chicas and earn a nifty Team Chicas Sports bag. Challenge starts Dec. 16th. We meet at 6pm in front Mc Kindley Library every Wednesday.

Chicas Year in Review

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2015 has been a year full of giving, donating and running.

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This year marks 7 years of giving back to the Sacramento Community and a year that continues to be a lot of first for Chicas Latinas. We started out as a group of 15 women interested in having a place where like minded Latinas sought to contribute beyond themselves. We have turned that number into a 200+ member organization and a Non- Profit known to the locals.

Let’s Celebrate!

Our first ever Bra Drive named “Support the Girls” to celebrate our 6th anniversary benefitted not only Chicas Latinas as a fundraiser, but brought women’s bras to two community organizations: Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home, a home for women over the age of 18 who are pregnant and in need of shelter, food, safety, comfort and support during their pregnancy; and also, Women’s Empowerment, a program that educates and empowers women, who are homeless, with the skills and confidence necessary to secure a job, create a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children.

Looking towards 2016, we’re gearing up to put the FUN in fundraising. Just in time for Springtime, one thing is for sure, you have to keep your eyes open for a night of celebrating and helping us move forward as we continue to grow. Details are to be determined.

Take a hike! (or run)

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In addition the Chicas Running group,  dubbed #TeamChicas,  made great strides this year with 5Ks and Half Marathons. From the beginning of the year, several of our members made it to the UC Davis campus to run the 5K Caterpillar Crawl benefiting Camp Kesem. Eventually, Team Chicas turned to taking on larger runs like the ever popular Shamrock Run and for the first time ever, the Tahoe Relay Race. We then polished off the year with our annual Run To Feed the Hungry Run!

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Our friends at Latino Outdoors  offered their help to incorporate hikes and even our first backpacking trip for those who crave more adventure! We’re so grateful for the opportunities we’ve been given by LO to expose our Chicas to the great outdoors (stay tuned for more).

Giving Back

Chicas Latinas de Sacramento volunteered this year with Rebuilding Together Sacramento. On April 25th, our amazing volunteers assisted in rebuilding a home that made a huge difference in the lives of a single mother and her six children in South Sacramento.

This was also the first year that Chicas Latinas de Sacramento hosted a walking team for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. We asked, and Los Hombres delivered in 2015 – hosting over 25 men registered for our team “Los Hombres de las Chicas Latinas.”  We can’t wait to host a team next year – bigger and better! The men raised nearly $2,500 for sexual assault & domestic violence services for survivors in the ‪‎Sacramento community. With the contributions of Los Hombres de las Chicas Latinas, Weave Inc. broke a record for men walking in heels this year at Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

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Speaking of shoes, our 2nd Annual Shoe Drive, “Starting Off on the Right Foot,” this year benefiting Woodbine Elementary School proved to be very successful. We were able to collect more than 600 pairs of new shoes for every student at Woodbine Elementary School in the Sacramento City Unified School District!

Finally, this was yet another year Chicas Latinas committed to helping organizations C.A.F.F.E. and The Sacramento Crisis Nursery Center. Chicas lent a helping hand on Sunday mornings as well as making food and clothing donations to Armando Flores and our friends at C.A.F.F.E., Clothes And Food For Everyone, who look to feed and clothe the hungry every other Sunday morning at Cesar Chavez Park.

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Meanwhile, every month our selfless Chicas volunteers paid a visit to the Sacramento Crisis Nursery Center which gives families a place to turn to in times of crisis.  They’ve done a great job providing a healthy, yummy lunch followed by a fun activity for the kids fostered at the center.

With all this being said, keep us in mind this Tuesday, December 1, 2015 on #GivingTuesday, a day for giving thanks. A day dedicated to giving back to celebrate generosity and to give. During this global celebration of a new tradition of generosity, Chicas Latinas will be launching our first GoFundMe Campaign. Chicas Latinas de Sacramento is 100% volunteer and donation powered! We have existed and gave in the Sacramento community for nearly 7 years without funding. Over the years our volunteer-base has grown, the need in the community for volunteers and drives have grown, and our need for a home has also grown. Chicas Latinas needs a space, to meet, work, and store our belongings in – if we are to grow and continue our philanthropic work in the community.

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