WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America in partnership with National Council of La Raza (NCLR), donated 1,000 winter coats to the community organization CentroNia. The coats were distributed to families from CentroNia schools. A special donation ceremony event was held on Tuesday, March 4 at CentroNia Headquarters where more than 50 community members, students and parents joined CentroNia President & CEO Myrna Peralta as well as representatives from Hyundai and NCLR.
"At Hyundai, we are committed to improving the communities in which we work and live. We are honored to partner with NCLR to identify and address the needs of its affiliate partners," said Zafar Brooks, Director Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Inclusion at Hyundai Motor America. "We commend CentroNia for their extraordinary hard work to improve the health and wellness of children in our nation's capital."
Hyundai's gift of 1,000 winter coats will benefit students at five CentroNia locations in Washington, DC and Maryland. Social workers and counselors from CentroNia selected the youth to receive the coats, where more than 85 percent of their students' families receive some type of federal support. The Hyundai coat donation initiative is in its fifth year and is part of Hyundai's ongoing efforts to provide coats to youth in communities in need.
In addition, Hyundai also presented CentroNia with a cash donation of $5,000 to support their award-winning food and nutrition program. The program ensures the academic and social success of children and families by encouraging wholesome lifestyles.
"We are continuously working with our partners to ensure that the children and families we serve have equal opportunity to participate in our outstanding programs," said Myrna Peralta, President and CEO of CentroNia. "Thanks to the generosity of Hyundai Motor America, today's coat donation has made a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of children in Washington, DC and Maryland."
CentroNia is a nationally recognized, multicultural learning community with a pioneering approach to bilingual education. While offering a welcoming environment that encourages intellectual adventure, CentroNia's dynamic curriculum thrives to engage the whole family by providing guidance in each step of the way for children, youth and parents to achieve their goals. Programs include Early Childhood Education, DC Bilingual Public Charter School, Food and Nutrition, Out of School Time Programs, and the CentroNia Institute.
"Through our network of almost 300 community organizations, including CentroNia, we have been able to provide valuable resources to families throughout the United States," said Sonia Perez, Senior Vice President, NCLR. "This much-needed donation of 1,000 winter coats from Hyundai is another great example of the importance and need for private-public partnerships."
NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Latinos. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org, or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.
ABOUT HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services, complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.
SOURCE Hyundai Motor America