On September 19, 1985 Mexico was struck by an 8.1- magnitude earthquake that killed thousands in Mexico City and surrounding areas. Comprised of many Mexican-Americans, some of whom were recent immigrants from Mexico, members of the Los Angeles chapter of the Community Service Organization (CSO) worked to send aid to those affected by the earthquake. In recognition of their services, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Red Cross awarded the Los Angeles CSO this certificate. From its conception in 1947, the state-wide Community Service Organization (CSO) fostered a mission to the Mexican-American community to serve as a grassroots organization promoting empowerment. The organization was founded and grew through the efforts of Fred Ross, Edward Roybal, Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Herman Gallegos, and Anthony (Tony) Rios, under the auspices of Saul Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). 8.5 in. x 11 in.