Through Vecinos Unidos, residents' concerns are addressed both through neighborhood-level meetings as well as through larger community-level monthly forums. These communities now leverage an organized base of over 2,500 people working to improve the health of their communities. Currently, Vecinos are impacting their communities through service on local water and school boards.
Because local issues are intertwined with those on the state, national and global level, DHF hosts candidate forums, census outreach, voter registration, voter education and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) campaigns. We’ve used our organized base to influence our representative’s votes on issues such as Health Care and Immigration, as well as to achieve commensurate local representation.
The efforts of the DHF demonstrate that social justice and sustainable systemic change is achievable through relationship-building with community residents. These relationships allow for leveraging collective power and mobilizing residents through collaborative, non-violent direct action. While residents develop as local leaders, their communities are simultaneously transformed.
To learn more about issues that Vecinos face, please review our Community Needs Assesment.