As a reward for their hard work promoting the vote, colonia residents are enjoying small grants to make life in their colonia a tiny bit better. Colonia leaders decided together how best to use the nominal funds, which have been divvied up based on the number of volunteer hours put in by colonia residents.
“The mini-grants are a small token of our appreciation for the hard work of our members and are a chance for colonia leaders to decide collectively how they will use their reward,” said LUPE Coordinator of Organizers Martha Sanchez.
Residents of Colonia Indian Hills in precinct 46 in Mercedes decided to use their funds to treat colonia children to a holiday party where parents served their children food, treated them to a piñata and raffled off gifts that promote healthy activity like sports and playing outdoors.
The residents of Colonia Lucero del Norte, also in precinct 46, used the money to buy much needed street signs and used the leftover money to treat the children of the colonia to a holiday party.
Residents of Colonia Olivarez near Mercedes decided to use the money to buy a portable basketball hoop for the youth of the colonia, who don’t have a park to play in. The basketball hoop will provide the youth with an outlet for their energy until the colonia residents can organize to get a park in their colonia.
Colonia leaders that participated in the GOTV effort will further their civic engagement when they participate in the upcoming Hidalgo County colonia residents convention in March of this year.