Hispanic Federation of New York City Receives $500,000 from NYNEX for Technology Hispanic Federation of New York City Receives $500,000 from NYNEX for Technology Integration Initiative

March 7, 1997

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Hispanic Federation of New York City Receives $500,000 from NYNEX for Technology Integration Initiative

NEW YORK----The Hispanic Federation of New York City today announced the award of a $500,000 grant from NYNEX. The grant was announced by Don Reed, president of NYNEX, at the Hispanic Federation's Third Annual Gala last evening (3/6) at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.

The grant enables the establishment of the Federation's Technology Integration Initiative, which will strengthen the technological infrastructure of its member agency network, comprised of 60 community-based organizations serving New York's Hispanic community.

The three-year grant includes $300,000 in cash and donations of equipment, materials and training services worth $200,000.

"We are thrilled," said Luis A. Miranda, Jr., president of the Hispanic Federation. "Through the exemplary generosity and continued dedication of NYNEX to the Hispanic community, we will equip our member agencies with the necessary communications tools to operate efficiently in the information age and allow them to improve the delivery of services to our community."

"NYNEX is proud to extend this support to the Hispanic Federation, its member agencies and the New York Hispanic community," said Reed. "The new technological capabilities provided by this grant gives the Latino community in New York a good technological foothold and a green light on the Information Superhighway.

"The 'Information Age' is advancing rapidly and threatens to leave behind anyone who does not have access to technology. The NYNEX grant secures that access for an important part of the Latino community," Reed added.

NYNEX was also presented with the "Corporate Leadership" award at the Federation's gala event for its consistent support of the Hispanic community. NYNEX supports a variety of different Hispanic organizations and programs from throughout the region and provides additional funding for scholarships to students from diverse ethnic communities.

The $500,000 commitment to the Hispanic Federation represents the largest award by NYNEX to a single Hispanic organization. Specifically, the grant will provide member agencies of the Hispanic Federation with:

- Hardware;

- Internet access and e-mail, as well as design and upkeep;

- Access to video-conferencing facilities;

- Training and technical assistance through the establishment of a Department of Information Technology at the Hispanic Federation and a customized "technical institute" for its members;

- Enhanced communication capabilities for agencies working in the areas of education and community economic development with the creation of Community Resource for Economic Development and Information Technology (CREDIT), a "virtual" information center supported by a dedicated server; and,

- Creation of a PSA fund-raising campaign.

In addition to the operational benefits made possible by the technology provided by NYNEX, agencies will be able to discuss issues, conduct interactive forums, deal with fund-raising and take part in advocacy and grassroots mobilizing efforts. It will also empower agencies to improve the delivery of services to their clients.

For instance, in the area of job training, re-training and employment development, clients of such agencies as the Dominican Women's Development Center and the National Puerto Rican Forum, will be able to conduct job searches on-line. Other agencies will utilize the new technology to offer computer training and adult education courses for members of the Hispanic community. Referrals between agencies will also be facilitated.

The Hispanic Federation of New York City, founded in 1990, is a membership organization of 60 Latino health and human services agencies serving more than two million Hispanic New Yorkers annually. The Federation's mission is to build and strengthen the Latino non-profit organizational network to meet the challenges of the next century. In order to realize its mission, the agency provides assistance in fund development, technical services and advocacy.

NYNEX is a global communications and media corporation that provides a full range of services in the Northeastern United States and high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom, Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The corporation is a leader in telecommunications, wireless communications, directory publishing and video entertainment and information services. NYNEX is also managing sponsor of FLAG -- Fiberoptic Link Around the Globe -- the world's longest undersea fiber optic communications cable.

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