Earlier this week, the Auction of Washington Wines announced its 2019 Industry Grant Award, is as going to a Yakima community organization. La Casa Hogar works to connect and educate Latina families across the Yakima Valley. The $15,000 will help support Hogar’s Adult Education Programs for farmworkers, including wine grape pickers, growers, and wine producers, as well as their families.
La Casa Hogar primarily serves people in Yakima County, but also touches Kittitas, Grant and Chelan counties.
Hogar’s Adult Education program includes six levels of English classes, civic engagement, leadership development, pre-GED, health and nutrition and Spanish and English language exchange. Annually, over 700 individuals are served across adult education, early learning and citizenship programs. By investing in education, La Casa Hogar promotes educational equity, access and leadership among Latina communities of Yakima Valley.
“La Casa builds leadership and confidence through partnering with our students in their education and navigation of many of U.S. systems.” said Laura Armstrong, executive director of La Casa Hogar. “Through Adult Education and civic engagement, students rebuild their self-confidence that often erodes amidst immigrating to a new community with a different language and culture. Every year, we fundraise the entire budget of this program to continue this work; this grant will go to direct and immediate use in this work.”
AWW’s Industry Grant Program provides funding and support to organizations that provide services directly affecting Washington state wine grape growers and wine producers.
“Yakima Valley is synonymous with Washington wine, so we’re thrilled to be awarding our Industry Grant this year to a program that supports education for workers who make some of our state’s most celebrated wines,” said Jamie Peha, executive director of Auction of Washington Wines.
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