Vons Companies, Inc. Grant

CONTACT: Margie Yu, Public Relations Assistant
(323) 343-3050

Cal State L.A. Receives $2,500 Grant from Vons Companies, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA -- November 9, 1995 . . . The Chicano/Latino Student Resource Center, a service of the Center for Student Life at California State University, Los Angeles, was recently awarded a $2,500 grant through Proyecto VECINO, a community support program sponsored by the Vons Companies, Inc.

Proyecto VECINO offers financial support to Latino student organizations on college and university campuses maintaining programs that nurture political awareness and civic involvement. Cal State L.A. was one of nine organizations awarded the grant, out of approximately 55 competing campus organizations.

"This is the first major grant we have applied for, and we are very excited to be selected," said Eddie Garcia, Assistant Coordinator, Chicano/Latino Student Resource Center, who co-wrote the grant proposal with Cal State L.A. students Claudia Hernandez and Karen Magana. "We have many important programs and we are grateful to Vons for helping us implement them."

The goal of this project is to increase student and public interest in civic involvement. The Resource Center will develop University-based voter education advocates through a network of clubs and organizations. In addition, they will develop various materials, including a database directory of community services, and will offer educational empowerment forums on the political process and how it impacts Latino families. The program will target eligible voters who did not vote, those who have not explored the naturalization process and those who are not aware of initiatives that affect them directly and indirectly, such as Proposition 187 and the Caifornia Civil Rights Initiative.

All proposals were judged according to how closely each coalition's goal meets Proyecto VECINO requirements to increase political awareness, increase voter registration, increase Latino voter participation, and increase the number of Latino naturalized citizens.

Proyecto VECINO judges included: The Honorable Cruz Reynosa, vice chairman and commissioner for the United States Commission of Civil Rights; The Honorable Art Torres, president of Cordoba International; Eddie Dominguez, station manager, KWHY-TV; Reverend Pedro Villaroya, director, Hispanic Ministries, Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Adan Ortega, Jr., public affairs manager, Central Basin Municipal Water District; Alejandro Padilla, public affairs fellow, the Coro Foundation; Nelly Paredes, Ph.D., producer/director, Walsborn Productions; Maria Gutierrez, director of public affairs and labor relations, KMEX-TV; Rose Marie Soto, columnist, WAVE Community Newspapers; Arturo Vargas, executive director, NALEO; Genaro Meras, president, Los Angeles County Bombers; Antonio Gonzales, station manager, KTNQ and KLVE radio; Jess Araujo, Esq. president, Santa Ana Latin American Voters of America; Dr. Harry Pachon, executive director, Tomas Rivera Center; and Antonia Hernandez, president and general counsel, MALDEF.

For more information regarding Cal State L.A.'s Vons Grant, call Principal Investigator Eddie Garcia at the Chicano/Latino Student Resource Center, (323) 343-5047.

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