Vons Companies, Inc. Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/16/96

CONTACT: Margie Yu,
Public Relations Assistant
(323) 343-3047

CAL STATE L.A. RECEIVES $2,500 GRANT FROM VONS COMPANIES, INC.

CSLA Chicano/Latino Student Resource Center Selected for Second Consecutive Year

Los Angeles, CA -- May 16, 1996 . . . 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 for a second consecutive year.

Proyecto VECINO, a community support program sponsored by the Vons Companies, Inc., offers financial support to Latino student organizations on college and university campuses maintaining programs that nurture political awareness and civic involvement. CSLA Chicano/Latino Student Resource Center was one of nine organizations awarded the grant, out of approximately 55 competing Southern California campus organizations.

"We are very excited to be selected again for grant funding from Proyecto VECINO," said Eddie Garcia, Assistant Coordinator, Chicano/Latino Student Resource Center. "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. Under Proyecto VECINO, the Resource Center develops 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, other people who have not explored the naturalization process and those who are not aware of political initiatives that affect them directly or indirectly, such as Proposition 187 and the California 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 Reverend Pedro Villaroya, director of Hispanic Ministries, Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Maria Gutierrez, Director of Public Affairs and Labor Relations, KMEX Channel 34; Rose Marie Soto, Columnist, WAVE Community Newspapers; Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected Officials; Dr. Harry Pachon, Executive Director, Tomas Rivera Center; and Antonio Gonzales, President, Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project.

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

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