More than 20 volunteers rolled up their sleeves for cleanup and landscaping project at a Chicano Federation affordable housing property

By Scatena Daniels, Patch Contributor

Apr 2, 2019 7:22 pm ET | Updated Apr 2, 2019 7:23 pm ET

On Sunday, March 31, the Chicano Federation of San Diego County hosted volunteers with Kaiser Permanente Latinx Association (KPLA) and Aristocrat Landscape to commemorate the life of civil rights and labor activist César Chávez through a day of service. Volunteers conducted a cleanup at Trojan Place (5222 Trojan Avenue), one of the Federation's affordable housing properties located in Colina Del Sol.

The service event brought together more than 20 community volunteers, residents, and children to transform what was once a bleak center courtyard into a vibrant outdoor space for the 50 families who reside at Trojan Place to enjoy. The revitalized garden also included stones decorated with inspirational messages written by youth volunteers.

Image courtesy of the Chicano Federation of San Diego County

"The Chicano Federation works to provide empowering opportunities for our diverse communities through services and programs that promote self-sufficiency," says Nancy Maldonado, CEO, Chicano Federation of San Diego County. "What better way to celebrate César Chávez's birthday than by coming together to honor his legacy by giving a helping hand to some of our most deserving families in San Diego."

Chicano Federation's Affordable Housing Program serves hundreds annually

Trojan Place is one of nine affordable housing properties operated by the Chicano Federation throughout the city of San Diego, including Barrio Logan, City Heights, and South Park neighborhoods. The goal of this program is to provide working families with secure, safe, and affordable housing for their families, and thereby enable them to stretch their income and meet other important needs. The Chicano Federation's Affordable Housing Program serves over 800 individuals on an annual basis. Community volunteer events such as these help further the mission of the Chicano Federation.

Image courtesy of the Chicano Federation of San Diego County

Chicano Federation celebrates 50 years of dedication and service to San Diego

The Chicano Federation is celebrating 50 years of service to the San Diego community in 2019. To commemorate the significant milestone, the organization will host its 50th Anniversary Ball on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the historic US Grant Hotel in Downtown San Diego. Event organizers aim to raise $250,000 to support the Chicano Federation in meeting the community's ever increasing needs, including affordable housing.

For more information on the Chicano Federation and volunteer opportunities with the organization, visit


The Chicano Federation was established in 1969 to provide a variety of comprehensive, neighborhood-based services to underserved youth, families and seniors across San Diego County. In its early years, the Chicano Federation was led by a tireless group of advocates dedicated to seeing advances in civil rights and civic participation. Today, those strong roots empower the Chicano Federation to serve diverse populations throughout San Diego County with programs that help low-income children and families access vital and often life-changing services and obtain affordable housing. The nonprofit serves more than 8,000 individuals each year. For more information, please visit or call (619) 285-5600. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.