January 12, 2001
Washington, D.C.. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) announced a partnership with Kmart that will place 200 Gateway computers in Hispanic communities across the country. As part of LULAC's Empower the Community with Technology Project, the computers will be sent to LULAC technology centers where they will be accessible to local members of the community.
"We commend Kmart for their efforts in bridging the digital divide in the Latino community," said Rick Dovalina, LULAC National President. "Improving access to technology is one of LULAC's top priorities and we cannot succeed without the help of partners like Kmart."
LULAC's Empowerment project is in the process of establishing 30 community technology centers across the country where Hispanic families can use the Internet and receive computer training. Kmart's participation stems from Proctor & Gamble's long-term community outreach initiative Avanzando con tu familia, developed to provide Hispanic families the tools and information that will help them advance to reach their goals.
"Kmart understands the powerful role the Internet can play in bettering the lives of Spanish speaking Americans," said Shawn Kahle, Kmart Vice President of Corporate Affairs. "We are strongly committed to ensuring that every Kmart shopping experience is pleasurable and relevant for our Hispanic customers. Working with our colleagues at BlueLight.com and Procter & Gamble, we are proud to extend our commitment to the Latino community by providing LULAC with tools that will enhance their educational centers and service to their clients."
Communities receiving the computer donations are as follows: Los Angles, Pomona and San Francisco, Ca.; Colorado Springs, Denver and Pueblo, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; Miami, Fla.; Chicago, Ill.; Kansas City, MO.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Bayamon, P.R.; Philadelphia, PA.; Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso and Houston, Texas.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.