Magdalena Cazarez

Staff Spotlight: Welcome Nick Grandgenett, ICP Staff Attorney!

Nicholas, “Nick” Grandgenett (he/him/his) is the new Staff Attorney with the Immigrants & Communities (ICP) program! Although new to his current position, Nick previously worked as a law clerk for Appleseed’s Child Welfare and ICP teams. His most memorable experience as a law clerk was helping to prepare a workers’ safety bill in the summer …

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Welcome Rómulo “R.J.” Vega, ICP Community Organizer!

Rómulo “R.J.” Vega (he/him/él) was born and raised in Kearney, Nebraska, before eventually enrolling at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2003. It was at UNL where R.J. discovered his passion for serving and connecting with others, beginning with the Mexican-American Student Association (MASA), the Phi Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, and …

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Staff Spotlight: Welcome Rómulo \”R.J.\” Vega, ICP Community Organizer!

Rómulo \”R.J.\” Vega (he/him/él) was born and raised in Kearney, Nebraska, before eventually enrolling at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2003. It was at UNL where R.J. discovered his passion for serving and connecting with others, beginning with the Mexican-American Student Association (MASA), the Phi Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, and …

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Staff Spotlight: Welcome Ruby Méndez López, ICP Community Organizer!

Ruby Méndez López (she/her/hers) joined our Immigrants and Communities Program as a Community Organizer this summer! Ruby has collaborated with Nebraska Appleseed on numerous projects, including being a statewide leader for our Power of Participation Series and most recently as an artist advocate for the Meatpacking Workers coalition. Ruby brings a wealth of experience from …

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Staff spotlight: Welcome Andrew Farias, Weitz Fellow!

Andrew Farias (he/him/his) is our new Weitz Fellow! He will be working closely with the Collective Impact Lincoln and Health Care Access team, as well as managing our volunteer program. His previous work with Carleton College includes implementing initiatives to divert waste from our college landfills, including beginning a campus-wide reusable to-go container program. Through …

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Staff Spotlight: Welcome Schalisha Walker, Child Welfare Program Coordinator!

Schalisha Walker (she/her/hers) joined us this summer as the Program Coordinator with our Child Welfare team! Prior to joining Appleseed, Schalisha served as the Youth Engagement Specialist at Project Everlast Omaha for eight years. She’s worked directly with young people with the foster care and juvenile justice experience to ensure they had the resources and …

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Staff spotlight: Welcome Drew Duncan, Development Associate!

Drew Duncan (he/him/his) joined our team as the Development Associate! He will be helping build and strengthen relationships with Appleseed donors and supporters, and help plan our annual fundraising event, the Good Apple Awards. Drew is a board member of Out Nebraska and UNL Friends of Opera. He joins Appleseed with tremendous experience from his …

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RELEASE: “Raise the Wage Nebraska” Files Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative

***For Immediate Release*** Monday, August 9, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  “Raise the Wage Nebraska” Files Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative Lincoln, NE — Today, a coalition of Nebraska community members, advocates, and supporters announced the launch of Raise the Wage Nebraska to raise …

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STATEMENT: More Nebraskans can Apply for SNAP with New Eligibility Criteria

***For Immediate Release*** Wednesday, July 21, 2021 Contact: Magdalena Cazarez Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed O: (402) 438-8853 ext 119 C: (402) 504-0074 mcazarez@neappleseed.org  More Nebraskans can Apply for SNAP with New Eligibility Criteria Nebraska now processing applications with benefits to be disbursed at the end of July Lincoln, NE —  In May, the Unicameral passed …

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Nebraska Appleseed’s Response to the Community regarding the Termination of Unemployment Benefits

Nebraska Appleseed’s Response to the Community regarding the Termination of Unemployment Benefits Over the past few days, we’ve received your calls and messages regarding the termination of unemployment benefits. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the stark realities that many Nebraskans face when navigating our complex systems. This is why we have continued to work diligently …

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