POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 4:47pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 8:30am
EDINBURG, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Their mission is to engage, empower, and educate the community, on Wednesday The Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas received an $18,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation.
Eliza Alvarado is from AACT and she says, "Today we are having a check presentation we received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation."
This money will help them cultivate a long-term structural change to South Texas by creating a meaningful civic participation and educating the community on the importance of vote and their voice.
Yvonne Ramon is with the Elections Administration Office of Hidalgo County and says, "Through this grant we will be able to continue to educate the community on this issue, because we are implementing something new and different for voters in Hidalgo County."
This is especially important here in the valley, because voting numbers are very low, so the organization is utilizing unique public service announcements and campaigns to reach out to the community.
Part of their public service announcements include utilizing the concept of a domino effect when it comes to voting, to increase voter awareness.
Sonia Falcon is with the Texas Bar Foundation and explains how this campaign connects with the public. Falcon says, "AACT does a very good job and I think that it's campaigns like these which help them connect to the people and voters."
For the voters this means alot because it allows their voices to be heard, and also enables them to have more access and rights to special funds for their community.