The Walmart Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.5 million to improve opportunities for nearly twenty thousand Hispanic immigrants and help them more easily assimilate into American society.
The National Council of La Raza will receive $1 million to launch the "Bienvenidos" project, which will provide fifteen thousand Hispanic adults in Albuquerque, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, and the District of Columbia with ESL training and help them engage with community-based organizations in their respective cities.
The remaining $500,000 will be used by the Hispanic Federation and the League of United Latin American Citizens to launch the Hispanic Integration Project, which will offer civic and citizenship classes to almost four thousand Hispanic immigrants and help families in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas prepare for and complete a variety of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services applications.
"Our ability to empower immigrants working to become U.S. citizens through support systems and valuable services is an important factor in the growth and prosperity of our nation," said Walmart vice president of corporate affairs Lee Culpepper. "The integration programs offered by trusted organizations, like the NCLR, LULAC, and the Hispanic Federation, help us work together to reduce the social and economic barriers immigrants face every day and ultimately enable families to fully participate in the civic and economic life of our great country."