A Volunteer’s Story: How to Volunteer During a Pandemic

Synclair Gonzalez talks about the creative solution she found with CILA I planned on volunteering at CILA’s schools this summer, but COVID-19 cancelled that and created a much more exciting endeavor…. My name is Synclair and I am a recent graduate of Cornell University. This past school year, I was given the opportunity to pursue an international service experience when I was awarded a full ride grant from Cornell that would fund all of my...
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La Educación Es El Arma Más Poderosa/Education: Our Most Powerful Weapon

(Scroll down for English) Mi nombre es Cinthia Robledo Acuña, tengo 30 años de edad, soy mamá de un hermoso hijo, Luis, de 12 años, actualmente soy estudiante de la licenciatura de Ciencias de la Educación, amante del deporte, la música, el baile y la docencia. Tengo los últimos diez años trabajando como docente en primera infancia. “Cuando era niña sabía que quería ser maestra, cuando me preguntaban que quería ser de grande mi respuesta...
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CILA Stories: Lupita aka “Nuestro Angel”

La versión en Español sigue abajo Lupita, 35, is commonly known as CILA’s house angel. She is the soul of the home, and in normal times you would hear her music throughout the house every morning, as she cleaned all the common areas and made sure all volunteer rooms were nice and tidy. Volunteers come and go, but Lupita is the one constant that you can always find at the CILA volunteer house. Throughout the...
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Nina’s Story 2: A Day in the Life

If we are not delivering despensas that day, I usually enjoy the luxury of being able to sleep in. When I wake up, the Mexican sunlight is beaming in through my window, and the first thing I do is open my doors to my balcony and take in the views.  Many mornings, my new dear friend Roy (he’s a cat) will greet me as I make my way to the kitchen. I’ll have my coffee...
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A Volunteer’s Story: Nina’s Help During the Pandemic

Hey everyone! My name is Nina and I am a 21 year old Danish girl who just so happens to find herself at CILA during Covid-19… In this article it is my intention to share my story of how I ended up here in these crazy times, as well as give a sneak peek into what life has been like here at the volunteer house.  After graduating high school in the summer of 2019, I,...
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June 2020 Covid-19 Update

To our Valued Supporters, I hope that you and your loved ones are well and keeping safe. As you are well aware, we are not in normal times.  The past few months have seen government agencies, private companies, and non-profits implement unprecedented measures in an effort to adjust to the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Centro Infantil de los Ángeles is no exception to this trend.  All Mexican schools and daycares have been closed through...
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5 Things to Do After Your Volunteer Shift

By 4pm every day volunteers have all checked out of the daycare, and they are left the afternoon and evening to explore San Miguel de Allende. For volunteers and tourists alike, San Miguel is a pueblo magico with plenty of sights to see. Whether it’s an afternoon adventure on a hiking trail or a laidback evening at a local cafe, this amazing city has something for everyone. #1 Stroll the Streets The cobblestone streets of...
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Tres de Mayo Fiesta Fundraiser!

Where? Cross of Glory Church, 14719 W. 163rd Street, Homer Glen, IL 60448 When? Friday, May 3rd! Doors open at 6PM. Taco Bar at 6:30! What? If you are in the area, come join us for an evening of fun as we raise money to support Centro Infantil de los Ángeles. How? We provide Mexican food, music, raffle items and a fun game of Split the Pot! We will have a piñata and games for...
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Who Are We? Miss Flor de Maria Martinez Rosas

Who Are We? is a Centro Infantil de los Angeles series highlighting the incredible people who keep the center running. These are the individuals who show up each and every day to make things happen and improve the lives of the children we serve. These are our angels. In sharing their incredible stories, we hope to bring our supporters closer to those they support and provide a peek into the daily activities of Centro Infantil...
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An Unexpected Grant by Lee Daneker

The Bernard Weisman Foundation was established in memory of the late Bernie Weisman, who was an active member of our community and long time resident of San Miguel. Late in his life Bernie established the Foundation dedicated to social and economic justice by improving the lives of deserving families and children in our community. In the years since Bernie’s passing, the Foundation, which is managed by Board chaired by Ms. Julie Durand, has contributed generously...
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