Border Kids’ Relief and Volunteer Drive


Contact: Elianne Ramos
Principal, Speak Hispanic

Dolores Huerta Foundation, Speak Hispanic and Family is Familia Launch The Border Kids’ Relief and Volunteer Drive Project to Aid Refugee Children
Nationwide donation and volunteer drive to benefit immigrant relief efforts by organizations in South Texas and other locations

Washington, DC – July 10, 2014 – For families caught in the stormy situation at the U.S. border, the situation is beyond inhumane. While offering help to the unaccompanied minors being held at detention centers across the country is not allowed at the moment, there are groups of accompanied children being transitioned into immigration proceedings as they relocate to areas where they have a family support system. Recognizing the opportunity to help these children for a short time while they are in transition, today, a group of concerned individuals and organizations have teamed up to raise donations for these children. The Border Kids’ Relief & Volunteer Drive project is a partnership between the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Speak Hispanic Communications and the blog Family is Familia.

The donations and volunteer plan will include:

  • An extensive online and social media outreach campaign to collect donations and engage volunteers
  • Localized collection and distribution of donations of needed items
  • A volunteer trip by a committee of representatives from the partner organizations to serve at the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley
  • Coordinated local volunteer efforts engaging bloggers and social influencers from around the country

“What we have here is a humanitarian crisis. We are talking about children who need our protection, our assistance, our love. We are calling on our president and our government to show some humanity towards these children, and for our communities and all agencies to open up their homes, their resources, their hearts. Let’s provide support in action for these, the most vulnerable members of our society,” said Dolores Huerta, Labor rights leader and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

“Regardless of the politics surrounding this issue, the fact of the matter is children and families going through this situation are suffering. As human beings, we cannot allow ourselves to become so hard-hearted as to witness this crisis without doing something to help,” said Elianne Ramos, Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic.

“Helping those in need, especially children, is the main purpose of this endeavor. Devoting time, supplies and support to families that are devastated through separation is simply the right thing to do,” said Liz Cerezo, blogger at Family is Familia.

As our receiving partners, the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley and the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley will accept all donations.

For more information or to become a donation partner or volunteer:

  • Contact Elianne Ramos: • 646.932.7752

Founded in 2002, the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) is dedicated to grassroots community organizing social justice with the belief that communities will prosper when all people engage in and benefit from the democratic process. Through our work, we envision communities whose members are capable of leading and advocating for sustainable policies and systems changes.

Family is Familia (Formerly known as Thoughts of a Mommy) is a blog catering to moms, dads and familias founded by Liz Cerezo, who has been a devoted blogger for more than 5 years, sharing a variety of stories from her life as a Latina.

Speak Hispanic Communications is a 100% virtual, woman-owned and run, socially-conscious company on a mission to help non-profits bridge the gap between awareness and action, in the Latino community and beyond.


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