FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The League of Women Voters of Connecticut Education Fund recently announced its goal to translate voting information into Spanish in time for the November presidential election, starting with Fairfield County.
It is asking the public’s help to “crowd fund” this goal via a March 10 online day of giving.
“Fairfield County is the home of a large and growing population of Latino registered and unregistered voters who want to help elect our next president. The league’s nonpartisan information has been a resource for voters for almost 100 years in English. We think it is time for us to reach out in Spanish,” said the league's state president, Gloria Bent.
The league”s volunteer development director Gail Janensch, of Bridgeport, is spearheading this first involving all 13 Fairfield County leagues, representing more than 500 members.
“Our budget did not foresee this need and so we are hoping some of the thousands who plan to click on fcgives.org on March 10th will look for the LWV link in the education category of the Day of Giving website,” Janensch said. Any money raised will be spent to publish translated materials to be distributed in Fairfield County.
Groups serving the Spanish-speaking community who might wish to distribute voter information in Spanish should contact Janensch at 203-856-4360 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your contact information. Until the organization knows how much was raised March 10, it cannot specify the quantity of printed information that will be available, she said.
The Day of Giving, sponsored by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, goes from midnight March 10 to 11:59 p.m. online. Tax-deductible gifts as small as $10 can be made on the site with a credit card. The organization also plans to put Spanish translations of key materials on its website.
“Because we are a first-time participant in the Day of Giving, the amount donated to us may be adequate only to provide template materials to your group, but having the LWV logo on material we feel adds authority.” Bent said.
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