On December 1, World AIDS Day, LULAC Lambda participated in the annual Walk & 5K to End HIV sponsored by the Whitman Walker Clinic. It was our organization's second year participating in the event, and we successfully raised $500 for the charity! Special thanks to everyone who showed up that cold morning at Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C. to make a difference!
On November 10, LULAC Lambda and its Fuerza Latina LULAC Youth Council from Columbia Heights picked up trash along the banks of the Potomac River at Fletcher’s Cove, Washington, D.C. As part of the Potomac River system, which provides 90% of the drinking water to the DC Metro area, it is important for us to keep our waterways clean. More than 800 pounds of litter was picked up!
In August, LULAC Lambda launched two youth councils in the District of Columbia, one at Columbia Heights Education Campus and another at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. We shared professional development, Latinx History, college prep advice, and future career paths to 40 students over a 16-week period this fall semester. Our next session begins January 15.
To help the Latin American Youth Center meets the needs of its community, which includes homeless immigrant and LGBTQ youth, LULAC Lambda raised $1,220 for LAYC and collected 400 food cans and packages for the LAYC Food Pantry in the Summer of 2018! Thank you to everyone who donated!
LULAC Lambda and friends commemorated Earth Day by cleaning up the Potomac River. LULAC Lambda joined forces with Latino Outdoors on April 21 to clear debris and trash on the banks of the rivers near Four-Mile Run in Alexandria, Virginia. The area is home to several species, including the Bald Eagle, our national symbol. The Potomac River supplies 90 percent of the DC metro's water supply.
DC LULAC members participated in the Whitman-Walker Health's Walk to End HIV fundraiser on October 28. Our team raised $875, which will fund high-quality, comprehensive and accessible health care to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia. Special thanks to LULAC Women’s Empowerment Council, LULAC Young Professionals and LULAC Lambda for sending members!
In September 2017, members of LULAC Women's Empowerment Council, LULAC Young Professionals Council, and LULAC Lambda came together to help pack and sort 5,000+ items at the Capital Area Food Bank. Thank you for representing DC LULAC during Hunger Action Month!
Nearly a 1,000 supplies were collected on August 2017 to support the clients of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Dinner Program. Coordinated by members of LULAC Lambda, 50 bags full of shampoo, soap, toothpaste, blankets, combs, deodorant, socks and other items were assembled for the homeless who seek food at the small church located in Columbia Heights. The Shrine opens its doors Monday through Friday to feed anyone between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m.
On July 2017, Habitat for Humanity invited LULAC members to work on two project sites to support the building of affordable homes in Washington, D.C. From picking up trash and excess lumber to installing metal brackets on wood frames of future walls, LULAC members moved projects forward to meet deadlines. The project crew leaders were very friendly and invited LULAC to participate in future volunteer projects!