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ChEECo (Chicano Empowerment and Enrichment Coalition)

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ChEECo – Volunteer Opportunities

Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of Chicanos in Pierce County? We're always looking for motivated individuals to join our cause and support this underserved community. There are no necessary qualifications, minimum time commitments, or membership dues. Simply donate as much of your time as you're able. Currently, we're looking for volunteers on an as-needed basis to help us with special events. Reach out to us by phone or email today to learn more about ChEECo volunteer opportunities in Tacoma, WA.

Become a Board Member

Our board is comprised of 12 members who each serve a two-year term. Our board members ensure that ChEECo's initiatives fall in line with our mission, core values, and purpose. Please note that being a member of the Latino/Chicano community is a benefit when it comes to board membership, but it is not a requirement.

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Board of Directors


Abe Cortez

Abe Cortez

Board of Directors - Chairman

Corrections Officer & Media & Event Producer

Through my experience with a wide range of publicly non-profit organizations, department of corrections experience, and my street knowledge of gang life in Texas, coupled with my media and event contacts, I am able to reach people by the masses. Through service on ChEECo’s board of directors, I can utilize my contacts and experiences to guide raza in the right direction.


Joe Hernandez

Joe Hernandez

Board of Directors - Vice-Chairman

Warehouseman

Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, I became a product of my environment. Coming from a dysfunctional family life that role-modeled alcoholism and being surrounded by gangs, drugs, cartels, my fate on the wrong side of the tracks began to unfold. I became a gang member, an alcoholic, and a cocaine addict. I suffered from severe depression and homelessness. My only driving force was the birth of my daughter, for whom I stopped. I have been clean and sober for more than 15 years now. Joining ChEECo gives me the opportunity to make a difference by being a role model for at-risk-youth and a mentor for those who are suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and depression.


Gabriella Lopez

Gabriella Lopez

Board of Directors - Treasurer

Medical Assistant

I am a mother of 4 and very proud of my culture. I want to make a better future for my children, and the changes start within my own community. Joining ChEECo fulfills that opportunity.


Vanessa Cross

Vanessa Cross

Board of Directors - Secretary

Secretary

As a Chicana, I have always had an interest in preserving my culture. Serving on the board of directors of ChEECo, I can provide pertinent info and a younger perspective that is crucial to decision making.


Ariana Vigil

Ariana Vigil

Board of Directors

Caregiver

Being given an opportunity to serve on the ChEECo board of directors is a way for me to change lives, including my own. I look forward to learning and growing through this experience. This is my chance to come out of the shadows to voice my opinions and have them really matter.