Creating impactful changes in the day-to-day lives of San Diego families who want to create a safe, stable life for themselves and opportunities for their children.  We are positively impacting our communities through action, caring and providing resources for those in need. 


Our Mission

We invest in underserved communities through programs that promote self-sufficiency.

We are volunteers, employees, partners, donors and friends who all believe in one thing...opportunity.

We approach our commitment to this goal with the highest level of responsibility, professionalism and integrity, and focus on what matters most - the thousands of individuals and families who turn to us for assistance every day.

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Our Impact

We are people helping people. 

We are the helping hand that hard-working families and individuals need to break the cycle of poverty and open the door to a successful future.

We provide education, nutrition and housing services to families across San Diego and while our roots are in advocacy for the Chicano population, we are dedicated to providing opportunities for ALL San Diegans in need.

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Years Helping San Diego

Established in 1969 by civil rights advocates, we advocate for, and directly impact, the lives of all San Diegans in need. 



Million Dollar Budget

We are proud to serve more than 8,000 people a year. For us that's 8,000 potential success stories.  We provide, resources , engagement and personal connection. 



Thousand people served each year

We are dedicated to providing meaningful interactions with each child and their family to make a lasting impact on their lives. 


Our Programs



Our program improves the health and eating habits of children enrolled in our daycare home network. More than 7,000 children are served healthy meals every day through our network of 850+ licensed daycare homes in San Diego, Orange County and Riverside County.

I love that I have an opportunity to educate and serve our providers each and every day, which in turn benefits the children in our Nutrition Program. I feel a real sense of pride knowing the valuable contributions the Chicano Federation has made through the variety of programs we offer.
— Elizabeth Alejos | Site Monitor | Nutrition Department


Promoting social-emotional, cognitive and physical development, our child care program provides services through our contracts with state-licensed day care homes. Our staff visit regularly to monitor the progress of the children in the daycare centers.

I was one of the beneficiaries of a Chicano Federation program when my daughter was a baby in the Infant/Toddler Program. Thanks to Chicano Federation’s programs we continue to work every day to give better service to meet the needs of the community and its families.
— Bertha Garcia | Accounts Payable Specialist


Home Visitors work with parents of children 0-5 years on their child's learning and development. This program includes weekly in-home visits, child development education, socializations and field trips, referrals to community resources, services for children with disabilities and transportation resources.



We manage 9 apartment complexes with more than 300 units - six of which are for individuals and families, and three of which are for seniors. All rents are below market rate, making the apartments very affordable.

I am inspired by this organization and its goals and I am passionate about helping families and individuals from diverse ethnicities and backgrounds find a comfortable and safe place to call home.
— Veronica Ruiz | Property Manager


Our preschool serves children ages 3 - 5 years of age. Located in the heart of Barrio Logan, the Barrio Logan Child Development Center is committed to fostering physical, cognitive, emotional and social development by providing high quality child development services that offer an enriching and nurturing educational environment.



Are you a home childcare provider? Would you like to partner with us? Please join our network of caring, high-quality home childcare provider by clicking through this link and learning more about our organization.

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Our Impact




"All success comes with great effort and dedication. Moving to a new country, adjusting to a new culture, new people, new rules, was a huge shock for my family and me when we arrived in the United States in March 2014.

The first years were tough, but we were fortunate to have the Chicano Federation on our side. Not only did they have great management and dedicated, caring site managers, they were able to provide us with a wonderful large apartment in City Heights at a very affordable rent – close to my work at the Alliance for African Assistance and to other refugees living in the area.

My family and I are deeply grateful to the Chicano Federation for making the transition to our new homeland so much easier. You have made a difference for us and so many others!"

– Jalili Shafiqullah
Case Worker, Alliance for African Assistance



Get Involved


For decades now, the business community in San Diego County and beyond has embraced the Chicano Federation. We are very fortunate to have many caring  benefactors who believe that supporting people in need is an investment worth making. We assist corporations of all types, sizes and industries in structuring partnerships with us to meet our shared goals.


Grants from private foundations support all of our services.  Our programs reach thousands of children and families each year. Grant the Chicano Federation general operating support or specific program or project support.

The Chicano Federation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (#23-7085960). Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Many companies match their employees' donations.  Ask if your employer matches charitable donations. You can  magnify the impact of your support.


Sign Up For a Program

Are you or is someone you know in need? We are here to help. Click below to enroll in one of our programs.


Gifts in Kind / Non-Cash Gifts

Items needed on a regular basis are gift cards, gas cards, tickets to amusement parks, movies, events


Corporate Donations

We need you to keep our services vibrant and effective. Your donation will be acknowledged on the Sponsors page of the website here

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