September Newsletter 2020

September 2020
We Need Your Support!
We've been MUY busy!
Dear CJ friends, familia and community,

Our plans for 2020 were set and we were ready to go—COVID-19 changed everything and we’ve taken the time to thoughtfully re-design all of our programs to be responsive to our new reality. As always, our focus is on creating meaningful and hopeful interactions within our Latinx community.

We’ve been able to come up with some programming adjustments that we feel are ultimately going to benefit our community in more meaningful and impactful ways. 
Please take a moment to take a look at what we've been up to, and what we have in store for the rest of this year!
Mujeres Latinas Poderosas!
Our team, Elizabeth Valtierra (left) and 
Karina A. Monroy (right). 
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Here Are Ways You Can Support...
We are so excited about all that we have in store for 2020/2021, but in order to get this all accomplished, we need your support!

Here are some ways in which you can help us meet our goals for this year:

  • You can donate directly to us through our website or by clicking the "Support" button below!

  • And last but not least, you can follow us on social media and share what we are doing with your friends and family!
Incase you haven't heard...
Writer's Heaven Zine
Charlottesville Initiative for Social Practice through the Arts
Latinx Brillante
Javier Figueroa-Ray
interviewed by Elizabeth Valtierra
For this month's newsletter...
Picture taken by Tom Daley
In our September monthly “Latinx Brillante” spotlight, we’ll be featuring Javier Figueroa-Ray, the Owner and Executive Chef of a local restaurant, Pearl Island Foods. Pearl Island is located inside the Jefferson School City Center and has amazing Caribbean and Hatian cuisine to serve and cater. Their food brings a touch of love and sense of home to anyone who tries their food. Personally, I’m a big fan! My go-to dish is the ‘Caribbean Seasoned Slow Roasted Pulled Pork’ Platter with their tropical Lemonade drinks. If meat is not your thing, they also serve Vegan and Vegetarian platters!
It’s also worth mentioning that he's the winner of the Tom Tom Fest’s 2008 Iron Chef Competition.

All the way from Puerto Rico, Javier arrived in D.C., in the early 2000s, with his first job as a case manager with a non-profit organization, Community Connection. However, his wife at the time was pursuing a PHD at University of Virginia and this led them to make the decision to move into Charlottesville, Virginia in the summer of 2008. 

Right on, I noticed that Javier’s working experiences were in the medical field and not in the culinary field. This prompted me to ask him “How did you become the Executive Chef of Pearl Island in Charlottesville?”

Javier paused and reflected. “Well, back home, to tell you the truth, I never cooked at all.” He admitted. “My mom cooked and [she] would do whatever recipes were like in the Cosmopolitan magazine.”

He explained that his grandmother was a traditional lady. He mainly focuses on attending school. “But then I moved. So, I started remembering the stuff that I learned from them.” 
Education - Stay Informed!
Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers whom are able to drive and deliver the packages to families surrounding Charlottesville.

If you are interested, contact us now!
  • Students enrolled full time in the following accredited graduate programs: Medicine: allopathic or osteopathic; Dentistry; Pharmacy; Nursing (including BSN); Public Health/Policy; Physician Assistant. 
  • Eligible students must be enrolled full time for the 2020-2021 academic year.
National Hispanic Health Foundation Scholarship: Open to Undocumented Graduate Students with DACA in Health Field
The National Hispanic Health Professional Foundation (NHHF) is accepting applications for the 2020 National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Application, which awards between 15-20 scholarships to “medical, nursing, dental, public health, and pharmacy and health policy students with outstanding academic records, leadership, and who are committed to serving Hispanics.”

Note: Applicants are not required to be Hispanic; an affinity for the health of Hispanic communities and an interest in participating in NHHF Scholars Alumni activities is required.

Application Due: Sept 25th 2020
Local Community Resources
Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, trains volunteers to act as a Child Advocate for detained immigrant children and we are holding a virtual training on November 7-8.
A Child Advocate is an adult who volunteers to spend time with, and advocate on behalf of an unaccompanied or separated immigrant child while he or she is subject to immigration/deportation proceedings. They welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, races, ethnicities and social backgrounds. 

In order to become a volunteer, you must: 
  • Speak Spanish (and/or an indigenous Central American language)
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Complete an application
  • and more!
For further information, contact Isabel George via this email ( or by phone (202-853-7911).
Do you or someone you know need emergency rental or mortgage assistance? Find local resources here and please share with your neighbors!

For more information: Contact the Legal
Aid Justice Center (434) 977-0553 Brenda Castañeda is the attorney responsible for this material.

Minority Business Month featuring nine virtual events in celebrating and enhancing business diversity in Charlottesville.

Highlighted Events:

Minority Business Enterprise COVID Recovery Funding Opportunity

In partnership with the Minority Business Alliance of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Greater Charlottesville is pleased to announce the FY2021 Minority Enterprise COVID Recovery grant opportunity. Five (5) $8,750 grants are available and will include a five (5) year membership in the Minority Business Alliance. Applications are due via this online process no later than 5pm, Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Mental Health - Take Care of Yourself
Our Call-in Clinics offer one-on-one sessions with a counselor over the phone, free of charge, during our call-in clinic hours.
Mondays: 10 am-12 pm
Tuesdays: 9 am-12 pm
Wednesdays: 2-5 pm

For Spanish speakers/Para las mujeres Latinas:
Los Miércoles: 2-4 pm
Thursdays: 5-7 pm
Fridays: 10 am-12 pm

These sessions are designed to offer immediate, short-term assistance including:
  • Eligibility screenings for individual counseling and other services
  • Self-care assessment
  • Planning
  • Referral services
  • Education
  • Emotional support

COVID-19 Healthcare Option for People without a Primary Care Physician
Visits are based on referral from a medical provider, or if you do not have one, call the UVA COVID-19 Hotline.

Click on the flyer for detailed information on resources within the Healthcare community if you do NOT have a primary care physician or know someone that does not.

Listed in the flyer are:

  • UVA Health
  • Charlottesville Free Clinic
  • Blue Ridge Medical Center 
  • Senator Martha Jefferson
  • Thomas Jefferson Health District
  • Central Virginia Health Service
  • Med Express
  • Private Medical Practices

Note that the UVA COVID hotline is for people who don't have a PCP and have medical questions, COVID or otherwise. They can also just call 98-COVID.

Job Opportunities
Program Coordinator - Sin Barreras

The Program Coordinator would lead the return of multiple programs (ESL classes and tutoring, citizenship tutoring, GED classes, leadership classes, Driver’s License/Privilege Card preparation, and civic engagement) through innovative and practical ways for people to participate remotely, and use staff and volunteers as a resource for the benefit of community members. This role would be a team member supporting in more ways that promote our overall mission. This position is intended to end after one year, with responsibilities transitioning to other staff and/or volunteers. 

Procurement Specialist - Jaunt

The Procurement Specialist will be responsible for carrying out the procurement process for supplies, equipment, professional services, capital acquisitions, and construction projects for Jaunt in compliance with federal and state procurement laws, regulations, and procedures. She/he will perform contract administration and project management. The Procurement Specialist must engage in all phases and levels of duties required for each procurement from initial planning through project completion.

Open until filled.

Executive Director - SARA (Sexual Assault Resource Agency)

The Executive Director will oversee the direction, daily operation, and administration of SARA’s programs, services, staff, and volunteers to fulfill the agency mission to end sexual violence. The Executive Director will be accountable for the financial health of SARA and responsible for promoting the agency to build its financial reserves and goodwill. The ideal candidate will have fundraising experience and will be comfortable acting as the public face of SARA. Management experience is essential, preferably with a nonprofit organization. The Executive Director must demonstrate understanding and value of racial equity, intersectionality, and social justice as organizational operating principles and show commitment to continued learning on issues related to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Services, Public Administration, or other related fields or equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 3 or more years in a non-profit leadership role...

Community Prevention Specialist - SARA (Sexual Assault Resource Agency)

The Community Prevention Specialist assists with a range of prevention programming, including: (1) Leading the Restaurant Coalition, training restaurant staff, and managing our partnerships with restaurants implementing the On the Fly strategy to interrupt sexual harassment;
and (2) Training high school students, teachers, and community organizations, conducting strengths and needs assessments, and establishing coalitions in our priority communities, which may include faith-based communities, neighborhoods, and incarcerated communities. 

This job requires a high level of professionalism, rigor, emotional literacy, and an ability to apply trauma-informed practices and health promotion principles. A background working in restaurants is a strong plus. Fluency in Spanish is extremely preferred.

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