Leading With Love: How Edith Ornelas Created the Mariposas Collective

Leading With Love: How Edith Ornelas Created the Mariposas Collective

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Friday, February 19, 2021 - 9:20am

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Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to in Memphis, Tennessee. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create the Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.

In 2020, Mariposas shifted gears somewhat to help immigrants in the community who have lost their job or income stream due to the pandemic. The volunteers bring food and other essential supplies to families’ homes, but Edith often lingers beyond the initial drop-off, providing a sympathetic ear for families dealing with high levels of stress. Her patience and genuine concern inspire other Latinx people to come into the Mariposas circle and become community leaders, which in turn is making Memphis a more welcoming place for immigrants.

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