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Monday, February 13, 2012

Rockefeller backs immigrant group

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

It's a small step, but you know what they say about tiny acorns, to mix a somewhat relevant metaphor.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation has given $30,000 to the Arkansas United Community Coalition, which works on grassroots programs to integrate immigrants into the community and economy.

The Rockefeller Foundation has provided seed money for some groups that have grown into significant voices in the past — such as Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and Southern Bancorp Community Partners.

When immigrants have a voice, they prosper and when immigrants prosper, we all prosper, says Mireya Reith, leader of the coalition and also a recent appointee to the state Board of Education. She's a potential political player in the future, too.

From the release:

“AUCC is establishing itself as an important advocate for the immigrant community,” noted Dr. Sherece West, president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. “By investing in its growth, we are investing in a stronger, more effective nonprofit infrastructure across the state.”

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