El Centro de la Raza, a Latino-based civil and human rights organization in Seattle, recently recognized Comcast as its Corporate Partner of the Year.
Estela Ortega, El Centro’s executive director, awarded Comcast during an employee appreciation party held at the organization’s Beacon Hill location.
“2012 has been an exceptional year in terms of the relationship with Comcast,” said Ortega.
“[The Comcast Foundation] funded our Digital Connectors program which is teaching young Latino kids about technology and was a sponsor of our annual dinner. It was our 40th anniversary,” said Ortega. “And then Comcast has been very generous with other grants and funds to support the organization. No one has been that type of a partner to support the work of El Centro de la Raza. And it isn’t just about the dollars – it’s about the relationships developed with Comcast.”
Three Comcast Cares Days “brought hundreds of volunteers to El Centro with many things we couldn’t afford to do,” said Ortega who assumed her role in 2009. Comcast Cares Day projects included landscaping, painting, cleaning, and fixing just about every inch of the historic building and property the local Latino American community call home.
El Centro offers comprehensive programs and services to empower the Latino community and works to advocate on behalf of its people and raise awareness of its concerns to achieve social justice.
Diem Ly, external affairs manager at Comcast in Washington accepted the award. “On behalf of Comcast’s nearly 4,000 employees here in Washington, I want to thank you for this award and to let you know we are always here to help. We not only consider you our partners, but our friends as well,” Ly said.
“What can I say other than just an amazing community partner and we’re proud to name Comcast in 2012 our Corporate Partner of the Year,” Ortega said.
Many thanks to Diem Ly for writing this up for us and recording the video interview with Estela Ortega.