DENVER, March 31, 2004 - The Qwest Foundation, Qwest Communication's giving program, is celebrating Cesar Chavez Day by donating $55,000 to Denver-area Hispanic organizations ? Mi Casa and The Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA). Cesar Chavez was an influential civil rights leader who worked tirelessly to promote awareness and social change through nonviolent methods. March 31, Chavez?s birthday, is the Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning and is an official holiday in seven states including Colorado.
Mi Casa and LARASA are local non-profit organizations that seek to better the lives of Hispanic Coloradoans through education and career development programs.
?We are proud to live in a state that recognizes the life and work of Cesar Chavez,? said Ric Padilla, vice president, corporate social responsibility for Qwest. ?Qwest is proud to help keep his memory and mission alive by contributing to two programs that share Chavez?s passions.?
The Foundation grants will be applied to LARASA?s Parenting for Academic Success program (PAS) and Mi Casa?s Career Development Program.
PAS is a class for family members who are parenting preschool through 12 grade students. It is designed to teach family members how to establish a home environment that will promote learning and literacy.
?We want to thank Qwest for enabling LARASA to help parents help their children succeed academically,? said Polly Baca, CEO/executive director of LARASA.
Mi Casa?s Career Development Program provides job training services to low-income Hispanic women as they work toward the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency.
?Qwest has been so supportive of our programs,? said Mi Casa Executive Director Carmen Carrillo. ?Latina women in Denver deserve every opportunity to succeed, and with Qwest?s help, we are going to make a difference in their lives.?
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The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants that generate high impact and measurable results through community-based programs, focusing on K-12 education and workforce development.
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