Latinx Advisory Committee

The Latinx Advisory Committee (LAC) is a subcommittee of the Community Action Board of Directors, charged with advising the agency on how to better serve and develop leadership among low-income Latina/o community members.

The LAC network includes 150+ representatives of 20+ nonprofits, businesses, educational institutions, and individual community members who serve the Latino community in Skagit and Whatcom counties. The LAC democratically elects a representative to the Community Action Board of Directors, who serves in a Client Sector position.

The Mission of the Latinx Advisory Committee is: 

  1. Networking and relationship building.
  2. Advising Decision-Makers
  3. Strengthening Community through Supporting Leadership Growth.

Monthly meetings are held 8:15-9:30 a.m. on second Thursdays of every month, and include  networking, issue discussions, and public policy listening sessions. Members share events and resources via email throughout the year. To get on the Latinx Advisory Committee Listserv, email lac@communityactionskagit.org.

Monthly meetings are held 8:15-9:30 a.m. on second Thursdays of every month, and include  networking, issue discussions, and public policy listening sessions. Members share events and resources via email throughout the year.

  • January 9
  • February 13
  • March 12
  • April 9
  • May 14
  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 10
Brigid Collins Family Support Center JobCorps Skagit County Superior Court
Burlington Library League of Women Voters Skagit IRC
Catholic Community Services Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce Skagit Transit
CCS Farmworker Center Mount Vernon City Council Skagit Valley College
Childcare Aware Mount Vernon City Library Skagit Valley Family YMCA
Children of the Valley Mount Vernon School District Skagit Preschool & Resource Center
Community Action of Skagit County North Sound Accountable Community of Health Tierra Nueva
Consulate of Mexico in Seattle Northwest Educational Service District 189 United Way of Skagit County
Department of Labor & Industries Northwest Youth Services Viva Farms
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services NW Agriculture Business Center Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
Employment Security Department NW Justice Project Worksource Skagit
Foundation for Academic Endeavors OIC of Washington WSU Extension
Goodwill Job Training and Education Center Opportunity Council YMCA Oasis
Headstart Seamar
Housing Authority of Skagit County Skagit County Public Health

Skagit Latinx COVID Prevention Team

Farmworkers demonstrate 6 feet of social distance

The Skagit Latinx COVID Prevention Team is an offshoot of the Latinx Advisory Committee (LAC).  This group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 1-2 PM. To get on the Latinx COVID Prevention Team listserv, email lac@communityactionskagit.org.

Mission: Intervene in and advocate against racial, language and economic injustice of COVID-19

  • Acknowledge history & truth of poverty inequities in Skagit County: 
    • In May 75% positive COVID-19 tests = 19% Skagit County population: Latino & Hispanic
  • Take collective action: Share wisdom and experience, develop community organizing models & resources for services, and advocacy strategies for systemic change.

Strategy:

  • Reduce inequitable transmission of COVID via a grassroots organizing model and three key messages:
    • How are you helping your family to stay safe at home?
    • What can you tell others what to do if someone gets sick?
    • How can you help people stay safe at work?
  • Advise Skagit County Public Health and other decision-makers about on-the-ground community needs and questions.

Skagit Latinx COVID Prevent Team Model:

  1. Direct client contact by a trusted source: By phone, or socially-distanced distribution of supplies.
  2. Three key messages: Using the “why” it’s important to the individual/family. Use simple Spanish.
    – How do I help my family stay safe at home and in the community?
    – What can you tell others what to do if someone gets sick?
    – How can I stay safe at work?
  3. Provide safety and health items: PPE, masks, soap, etc.
  4. Demonstrate by example! Show, not just tell. Myth bust, tell stories of impacts.
  5. Confirm understanding & mobilize others to educate: Empower families to spread the word.