Hands on Miami and Inter-American Development Bank Join Hands in Aftercare Facility...

Hands on Miami and Inter-American Development Bank Join Hands in Aftercare Facility Makeover Project

Building to be unveiled during IDB Annual Meeting in Miami on April 3


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MIAMI, March 19 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Inter-American Development Bank and local nonprofit organization Hands On Miami will join hands this month in renovating a community education facility. The makeover project will constitute the first official event of the 49th Annual Meeting of the IDB, which will be held in Greater Miami from April 4-8.

“We chose Hands On Miami to organize our direct service program given their proven track record and accomplishments,” Jorge L. Arrizurieta, Chairman of the IDB Miami 2008 Host Committee, said. “Hands on Miami President Pat Morris has been instrumental in coordinating the entire volunteer effort for the Annual Meeting. Given South Florida’s commitment to social and economic development, we will undoubtedly see a high volunteer turnout on April 3.”

Located in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami, the Latinos United in Action Center provides free after-school classes and programs to hundreds of neighborhood children and adults. Microsoft, Winmar Construction, and DirecTV are sponsoring the makeover project, which will commence on March 17th with the gutting and complete redesign of the interior of the building. On April 3, volunteers will complete the building with a mural painting and landscaping of the exterior.

“This is a great collaboration of the non-profit sector, the City of Miami and great corporate citizens that will make a lasting impact on Latinos United In Action and the entire Allapattah neighborhood for years to come,” said Hands on Miami President Pat Morris. “And it is a wonderful gift for the IDB Annual Meeting.”

“Sponsoring the Annual Meeting is a unique opportunity for companies and institutions to express their commitment to social and economic development in the Americas and participate in this historic event,” Arrizurieta said. “At the same time, sponsorship entails extensive branding and exhibition opportunities which allow participating companies to elevate their stature among the business and government leaders who will attend this historic event.”

On April 4, Bill Gates will deliver a keynote address about the role of philanthropy in development. Mexican media company Televisa and Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica are also supporting the Annual Meeting; Chairmen Emilio Azcárraga and César Alierta will participate in the CEO panel on private philanthropy.

IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno will moderate the panel, and he will be present for the unveiling of the Latinos United in Action Center building.

Hands On Miami is recruiting volunteers for this project and for other activities during the Annual Meeting. For more information, visit: www.handsonmiami.org.

For more information about the IDB Annual Meeting sponsorship program, visit: www.idbmiami08.org.

About Hands On Miami

Since 1993, Hands On Miami (HOM), in partnership with United Way of Miami-Dade, has developed into Miami-Dade’s premier resource for volunteering. HOM provides flexibly scheduled, meaningful, direct service volunteer opportunities. In partnership with schools, social service and environmental organizations, HOM organizes more than 85 service projects each month, engaging caring residents throughout Miami-Dade County. For more information visit www.handsonmiami.org.

Hands on Miami and Inter-American Development Bank Join Hands in Aftercare Facility Makeover Project