LOLETA, Calif.(KIEM)- Loleta Union Elementary school and the Loleta Community Resource Center hosted their yearly Loleta Harvest Fest. They invited the community to celebrate the last day of Hispanic heritage month and enjoy produce from their garden. They as well invited multiple organizations to be a part of the fest.
“Centro del Pueblo is an immigrants rights organization, so we focus on the empowerment of our community here in Humboldt County in the past year. We have been doing a lot of Covid -19 relief for the immigrant community. We have been doing more recently focusing on an increase in vaccination and testing in our community as well as day-to-day translation,” said Carle Rey, Community Organizer with Centro del Pueblo.
They had two different workshops at the event where they made marigold cream and paper flowers traditionally set up on the day of the dead altar and handed out produce.
While Vision and Compromise helped community members with any Medi-Cal questions, they might have.
“Basically are focus is getting folks signed up for medical. So we do outreach to connect with folks who need to apply and are eligible. We help them through the application process by both submitting the initial application as well as doing advocacy throughout the follow-up process,” said Ariel Fishkin, Community Health Educator with Vision y Compromiso.
Providence St. Josephs Hospital operates five different community centers around Humboldt County, and the Loleta Community Resource Center is one of them.
“A goal with two important reasons. It’s Celebrating the Harvest, opening the space to enjoy and celebrate what the students have prepared throughout the year, and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. So those are the two main reasons,” said Marcelina Mejia de Castillo, Service Coordinator with Loleta Community Resource Center.