This February 2014, Xentity lost an important member to its family – Consuelo Arias.
She is the Founder’s Grandmother. She came to the U.S. from Mexico in the World War II era. She believed education was fundamental and that it opened so many opportunities, and you had to earn it. She learned English early and perfectly (not even allowing the Three Stooges to be shown on TV in her house). She soon trained as a nurse and later as a nurse practitioner, spending her career working at Boston area Hospitals such as Mass General. She raised four children on her own, stressing the pursuit of learning and the power of education. She adored her grandchildren and always welcomed a spontaneous visit. Although she loved to travel, she never drove a car. She was devoted to professionally helping others and that frequently spilled over to family and friends. Her dry sense of humor, brilliance, and caring ways were her hallmarks.
At Xentity, she supported our early work in the private sector, learning about our impact, and she became our biggest fan. She would check in, scan and send newspaper clippings. Admittedly, she did chuckle initially in 2003 when we got into Government transformation, but as she saw our impact, she cheered us on. When Matt asked in 2008 whether to pursue 8(a) or not, and sought guidance from ‘AyAy’, she said “If you can make more of an impact this way, then do it.” She supported the process of getting 8(a), eventually processed in 2010.
During her latter years, instead of receiving gifts or flowers, she instead insisted on donating time, money, etc. to charities such as in cancer research, animal protection, and education.
You can see a brief video that was played at Culture Jam clicking here or on the photo.
The Non-profit, founded in 2000, Intercambio is bridging our communities divide – helping everyone communicate, and starting with language. They educate parents, families, kids, workers. They promote and sponsor ESOL (English as a Second Language) courses to adult immigrants as well as workshops in life skills, culture training, and citizenship. To date Intercambio has helped 9,000 immigrants and trained 4,400 volunteers.
They also reach out to the established community to help connect the immigrant community. Events like “Culture Jam” is just one of the those events. It celebrates the rich diversity in our community. It is a fun event with world renowned music with a mix that just cant be labeled – salsa, hiphop, cumbia, funk, merengue, etc.
Celebrating the rich cultural diversity in our community, Left Hand Brewing Company is proud to host Culture Jam for its second year! Three time Grammy-Award winning Ozomatli will return to the Longmont stage, bringing Colorado together for a family-friendly evening of world class music, dancing and the arts to benefit Intercambio Uniting Communities and Longmont YMCA.
More info is at InterCambio web site.