August 30, 2002

La Voz Del Pueblo

(The Voice of the Community)

For the immigrant worker who had not been paid for weeks and did not know his rights, help was one phone call away last week, thanks to Radio-KRCD-FM in Los Angeles California.

WIND-AM in Chicago had a hand in helping a woman who was abandoned by her husband and left to care for their children 13 years ago. The woman is now seeking financial help from her husband.

In New York, Radio WADO-AM helped direct dozens of listeners who were hoping to enrich their children’s education and enroll their children in the proper magnet schools. Those listeners are now better informed about the magnet school resources in their community.

Every week, hundreds of people are referred by different media outlets to the National Hispanic Resource Helpline. From complicated health or legal problems to day to day consumer questions about using ATMs. The Helpline is the first call for help for Spanish speakers who need resource support. Callers who call the Helpline are linked to bilingual, affordable health and human services in their own community.

Just recently, the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute for Latino Educational Excellence released a study confirming what the National Hispanic Resource Helpline has learned by experience. About two-thirds of Hispanic parents, exactly 65% from the reported data, don’t have the necessary information and resources to place their children in a college or university. By running educational programs like Hispanic Radio Network’s Camino al Exito and Hi Tech, Spanish radio stations across the country have a hand in linking Hispanics with bilingual college guidance counselors and financial aid resources, thus empowering families to pave the way for their children’s future.

For more information about the Helpline, go to www.accesohispano.org or call the Helpline at 1-800-473-3003. Bilingual Information and Referral Specialists are available to help callers from 7 a.m. to 7p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

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