Chicano Federation

Our Mission

Diverse Group

The mission of the Chicano Federation is to provide empowering opportunities for our diverse community.

Our Vision

Our communities will be engaged and lead self-sufficient and fulfilling lives.

Who We Are

At The Chicano Federation of San Diego County, we are volunteers, employees, partners, donors and friends who believe in one thing...opportunity.

This is the heart of The Chicano Federation - people helping people.

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.

The Chicano Federation is one of San Diego’s leading social service agencies providing child education, health and nutrition, and housing programs to more than 8,000 San Diegans annually.

Through our work, we strive to improve the quality of life for men, women and children of all walks of life, no matter their ethnicity or age.

Our History

The Chicano Federation of San Diego County was established in 1969 by a group of civil rights advocates. For the first 20 years the organization worked as an advocate for Latino recognition, challenging Latino stereotyping, defending neighborhoods and culture, and promoting voter registration and civic participation. The Federation was successful in many important policy decisions, resulting in changes in local attitudes and policies.

By the 1990's, The Chicano Federation expanded its mission to create empowering opportunities for people in San Diego County. During this time, housing, childcare and senior services initiatives came to fruition.

Today the Chicano Federation has a budget of over $14 million and serves more than 8,000 people a year; 7,000 of them children enrolled in our child education and nutrition programs.

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