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Walmart Foundation Awards $80,000 to OCA for Internship Program
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Walmart Foundation Awards $80,000 to OCA for Internship Program

2 March 2011

Victoria J. Rumsey | Associate Director of Development
202 223 5500 |  

WASHINGTON, D.C. - OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is pleased to announce they received an $80,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. The grant will be utilized in 2011 to support OCA's goals of education and leadership by funding OCA's Internship Program for first generation APA college students.

"With the generous support given by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation for the 2011 Internship Program, OCA will be able to expand its ongoing programs and continue to educate, organize, and serve its constituency comprised of APAs, youth, and the communities that need the most assistance,” said Ken Lee, OCA national president.

Established in 1989, the OCA Internship Program has grown into a year round program to include over 20 undergraduates each year. OCA has provided internship opportunities to over 400 APA college students to learn about public policy issues that are affecting the APA community as well as leadership development tools, focusing on networking and workforce development. OCA interns are placed in Congressional offices, federal agencies, the OCA National Center, and other prominent non-profit organizations for ten weeks.  In 2010, OCA supported 26 interns in positions that included the Speaker of the House, the Minority Business Development Agency, and the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islander. "At Walmart, we understand that education is critical to the lives and well-being of all Americans. We are proud to support programs that provide opportunities for Asian & Pacific Islander Students to succeed,” said Walmart Foundation President Margaret McKenna. "Grants in this area serve to increase access for young people to get the quality education they need to be successful today and become the leaders we will need in the future.”Walmart and the Walmart Foundation support educational opportunities that promote youth success. In 2009, Walmart and its Foundation gave more than $53 million to fund educational programs in communities across the country, including programs that support teachers, Veterans’ education and adolescent literacy, to name a few.

About Philanthropy at Walmart 

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts.

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