Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 12, 2007–The Council of Mexican Federations in North America (COFEM)—a network of nearly 300 grassroots, Latino community based organizations— has received a $300,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). The grant will support a variety of initiatives, including COFEM’s leadership-building and computer literacy programs.
COFEM—which promotes the advancement of the Latino community through its network of Mexican hometown associations or federations—kicks off its 2nd Annual Binational Conference and Expo Mexico with tonight’s “El Pueblo Awards” at Plaza Mexico in nearby Lynwood. Support from AT&T will be publicly acknowledged during the awards dinner, where confirmed guests include California State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, among other Hispanic leaders.
“AT&T’s generous contribution provides our organization with the financial infusion we need to expand the programs and services that help the Hispanic community to enhance its leadership and technology capabilities—both critical to sustaining our grassroots outreach efforts,” said COFEM Executive Director Arturo Carmona.
The AT&T grant, to be dispensed over three years, will help to fund COFEM’s IBACC (Binational Institute for the Advance of COFEM Communities) initiative, an 8-week training program designed to develop community leaders who can strengthen their families, federations and communities. Grant monies will also be earmarked for computer training programs to support the federations and their members.
“AT&T’s contribution to COFEM is one of the many ways that the company supports the Hispanic community, particularly here in Los Angeles,” said Karime Sanchez Bradvica, executive director of External Affairs. “We are a part of this community and want to continue providing it with a wonderful telecommunications and entertainment services experience.”
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COFEM is a nonprofit organization serving the immigrant community since 2004. Its mission embraces a community centered approach to promote the advancement of the Latino community through public policy advocacy, educational and cultural programming, strategic mobilization, community organizing, and bi-national economic development. COFEM serves the immigrant community and hundreds of immigrant-based organizations from across the nation. For more information, visit http://www.cofem.org.