We are delighted to present our 2022 Annual “Look Back At It” Report, a visual storybook of our major organizational events, achievements and milestones from the past year.
This release marks the first time in nearly three years that we have published an Annual Report due to numerous unforeseen challenges exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Below is an abridged message from our Founder & Executive Director, Dr. Angelica Cortez found in the Annual Report:
As we release our first Annual Report in nearly three years, I sit with reflection in considering what the Filipina/x/o community has endured since March 2020.
Throughout 2020, LEAD Filipino would distribute over $10K in financial assistance to Filipinas/xs/os in need. We would welcome FilAms from across the United States in our virtual programming and events. We would watch Filipina/x/o healthcare workers provide life-saving medical treatment while simultaneously being targeted as victims of anti-Asian hate. During the summer of 2020, we would stand with the Movement for Black Lives and host a statewide FIERCE Town Hall for 500+ attendees to condemn anti-Blackness in Asian communities. We would also mourn the loss of loved ones due to the COVID-19 virus.
Looking back on these moments bring sorrow, gratitude, and optimism for the future. They also attest to the resiliency of a Filipina/x/o.
We are proud to present our 2022 LEAD Filipino Annual Report, which we informally call our “Look Back At It” storybook. To everyone that continues to support and contribute to our mission and vision, thank you. Thank you for believing in our potential and vision. Thank you for selflessly and wholly giving your resources and time to the community. We truly could not do this life-changing work without you.
Lubos na gumagalang,
Dr. Angelica Cortez
Founder & Executive Director