La Colaborativa is thrilled to share some amazing news today: We've finished tallying the donations so far for our Whatever It Takes campaign to raise $100,000 by 12/31 and we have not only met our goal - but surpassed it!

As of today, we have raised $159,677!

That’s from more than 900 donations – large and small – from members of this growing community who refuse to let immigrant families face the pandemic alone.

There really are no words to express how grateful we are to everyone who has stood with us in this fight. Except for this:

We won’t stop. We are blowing by our original goal and setting a new goal to raise $200,000 by the end of the year.

These resources will ensure no one is turned away during the pandemic, and that La Colaborativa can truly do whatever it takes to protect, uplift, and celebrate our immigrant families during these unprecedented times.



La Colaborativa was featured in this week’s Boston Globe for our relentless efforts to protect, serve, and uplift our community. Marcela Garcia unpacks what we mean when we say, “Whatever it Takes” in The Boston Globe:

“…La Colaborativa’s food pantry, led by women, is more than just food. ‘As they’re waiting in line, we ask people what they need. Sometimes that’s applying for SNAP benefits or rental assistance,” [COO Dinanyili] Paulino said. ‘But people tell us all of their issues: ‘My neighbor is sick, can you bring her food?’ Or, ‘My partner is being abusive, can you help me?’ ‘I don’t have money for rent.’ ‘I need a new mattress.’”

Executive Director Gladys Vega was named a Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe. Adrian Walker writes:

“In a year that has been devastating for poor families, Chelsea is a place where all the painful issues have intersected. That’s put Gladys Vega, executive director of La Colaborativa to the test as never before.”

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