Enews 10-19-23: Hispanic Heritage Month; KS Public Policy Forum 2023; Expungement Clinic; GivingTuesday 2023

UCS Celebrates the Contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in Johnson County

During the past month, Johnson County communities have been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month which honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans.

Johnson County is home to 52,575 Hispanic or Latino residents, representing 8.5% of the county’s population. More than 2 in 3 of those residents identify as Mexican, with Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other national identities also represented in the Hispanic and Latino populations. The median household income of Hispanic residents is $76,534, compared to an overall median household income of $98,523 across all Johnson County households.

At UCS, we are proud to celebrate our staff, board members, and community partners who identify as Hispanic or Latino. This includes UCS board member Erik Erazo, who has been recognized for his groundbreaking work with Olathe School District youth with the Lowrider Bike Club; as well as Pastor Sylvia Romero and Maria Isabel Gutierrez-Flores who have both been recognized for their lasting contributions to the well-being of all Johnson County residents.

Save the Date: Kansas Public Policy Forum

Johnson County Expungement Clinic - October 25th

Kansas Legal Services will be holding an expungement clinic in Johnson County on October 25 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. At the expungement clinic, volunteer attorneys will help eligible applicants draft the necessary documents to request an expungement of Johnson County District Court cases.

Expungement is the removal of an arrest or conviction from a person’s criminal record. When a person’s record is expunged, no information related to the arrest or conviction may be disclosed, with certain exceptions.

To participate, you must pre-register by October 20 to receive an appointment time and details about the event location. Apply by calling 1-800-723-6953 or emailing klsprobono@klsinc.org.

Countdown to GivingTuesday

On November 28, 2023, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities and change our world. Will you be one of them?

UCS will be participating in GivingTuesday and we need your help!

By joining the GivingTuesday movement, you’re proving that in times of uncertainty, generosity can bring the whole world together.

Here is how you can get ready to give:

  1. Mark your calendar. GivingTuesday is on November 28, 2023.
  2. Give. On November 28, go to ucsjoco.org/donate and give.
  3. Spread the word. Encourage your friends and family to join you in creating real impact on November 28 by sharing what our mission means to you and why you support our organization.

Let’s rally together to build stronger communities.

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