CHCI Congressional Interns and Hyundai Motor America Join Habitat for Humanity to Build Community
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation's premier Latino youth leadership development and educational organization, is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. for a day of community service on Wednesday, July 20, 2011. The community service project is supported by CHCI Internship partner Hyundai Motor America and will assist in building a home in Aberdeen, MD.
As part of an intensive program that exposes young Latinos to the legislative process and strengthens their professional and leadership skills, CHCI Congressional Interns are civically engaged through the completion of a community service project while in Washington, D.C.
"CHCI is proud to work together with Hyundai and Habitat for Humanity to help the local community for the second consecutive year," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. "We are developing the next generation of educated and professionally equipped Latino leaders. Giving back to the community and being civically engaged are major components of leadership."
“At Hyundai, we believe in embracing difficult challenges and seeking new ways of thinking to discover new possibilities. Our strategic partnerships with both CHCI and Habitat for Humanity allow Hyundai, its dealers and employees to make a positive impact in the communities in which we all live and work,” said Zafar Brooks, Director, Government Relations and Diversity Outreach, Hyundai Motor America. “Leadership development and community affairs are two important core values that resonate with our ongoing efforts in diversity and social responsibility.”
CHCI’s 2011 Summer Congressional Internship Class features college undergraduate students from 11 states and Puerto Rico and 19 different fields of study. Interns gain hands-on experience working in Congress and gain access to national leaders and a prominent network of CHCI alumni.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. sells homes to families who are ineligible for conventional financing offering no-profit, no-interest, and 25 year mortgages for buyers. Prospective homeowners make a $500 down payment and contribute 300 hours of sweat equity towards construction of their own home. Mortgage payments on completed homes (typically $400 - $425 a month) are reinvested in a revolving Fund for Humanity to finance further construction and the acquisition of additional properties and building materials.
About Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, 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 about 800 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 warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.
About Habitat for Humanity
Founding in 1988, DC Habitat has completed over 100 homes and renovated 75 low-income cooperative units in the District of Columbia. Over 4,000 volunteers a year have contributed toward the construction of homes. The mission of DC Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the nation's capital by building affordable, energy- and resource-efficient homes for God's people in need.
CHCI is the premier Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) leadership development organization in the country that educates, empowers, and connects Latino youth by providing leadership development programs and educational services. CHCI directly impacts the lives of more than 1,700 students and young professionals each year through its fellowships, congressional internships, scholarships, Ready to Lead (R2L®) college readiness program, and R2L NextGen program. CHCI NextOpp is its latest resource allowing young Latinos to save, search and share life-changing opportunities for Latinos across the United States.
The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders. Visit www.chci.org, or join us on Facebook, Twitter , LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.
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