Evangelista Community Relations


“We’re canvassing in rural areas, where it’s a lot harder to reach people — so far spread, no WiFi, battling the weather,” says Tomas Evangelista, founder of Evangelista Community Relations. “But to have that face-to-face interaction, someone giving you information, is so different from seeing an advertisement.”

Rural California residents often feel their tax dollars go out but don’t come back, so Evangelista’s group explains that an accurate Census count changes that. “Money is being allocated [based on] that data,” he says. “It means more grants and more loans for the region.”

Evangelista also encourages immigrants to participate. “I’m a DACA recipient — and in 2010, I was in college, I had the Census in front of me, and I was afraid to fill it out,” he says. “But now I see I should be happy to be included in any count.”

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Communities for a New California promotes economic prosperity and community health for residents in the rural areas of California. We bring valley residents together to champion the needs of poor and working-class families through community organizing, integrated leadership development, and mass non-partisan voter engagement. Headquartered in Sacramento, with offices in Fresno, Indio and Merced, our chapters are in constant contact with residents in 13 California counties, from Yolo to Imperial – with an emphasis on the San Joaquin, Imperial and Coachella Valleys. CNC was founded in 2011 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) human rights organization.