|[April 26, 2014]
Actress Judy Reyes and UnitedHealthcare Team Up for Volunteer Project at Eva's Village
PATERSON, N.J. --(Business Wire)--
Award-winning actress Judy Reyes (Scrubs, Devious Maids) and more
than 50 UnitedHealthcare employees are participating today in a
volunteer project at Eva's Village. Volunteers will prepare and serve
meals for the area's homeless who rely on the center's Community
Kitchen, and will help with interior and landscape beautification
projects at the facility.
Joining Reyes and UnitedHealthcare employees are "La Golda" creator
George Valencia (27 Wolves), actress Florencia Lozano and other
members of the "La Golda" creative team. "La Golda" is a bilingual
(English/Spanish) cartoon starring an eight-year-old girl who has been
shuffled around from one orphanage to another. Through her love of
soccer "La Golda" recruits other international orphans and, as
teammates, they overcome their unique circumstances to build a better
world for kids. "La Golda," the series, is currently in development.
Eva's Village is a social service organization that helps people in
Paterson who are hungry, homeless and addicted. The "La Golda" creative
team and UnitedHealthcare employees are working together to help Eva's
Village as part of the world premiere of "La Golda" in New York City
this evening. UnitedHealthcare is the presenting sponsor for both the
volunteer project and the "La Golda" premiere.
"Each day we have over 350 clients coming to our Community Kitchen for a
warm meal," said Marie Reger, executive director at Eva's Village. "It
is through the support from organizations like UnitedHealthcare and
their volunteers that we are able to help people in need."
"UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support Eva's
Village and the work it's doing to serve the most vulnerable in our
community," said Michael McGuire, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New Jersey.
"This volunteer activity and our partnership with the 'La Golda'
creative team are helping to build a healthier community."
"The mission ofLa Golda is to encourage youth to care for others and
take action. By partnering with UnitedHealthcare and volunteering at
Eva's Village, we're living this mission," said Valencia. "We are proud
to partner with UnitedHealthcare to bring the vision of 'La Golda' and
to 'pay it forward' in the community where I grew up."
This project is the latest in UnitedHealthcare's "Do Good. Live Well."
employee volunteer initiative, whose mission is to prevent hunger and
obesity, inspire service and encourage volunteerism. For more
information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local
opportunities to get involved, visit www.DoGoodLiveWell.org.
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About Eva's Village
originally a New Jersey soup kitchen, was founded in 1982 by Msgr.
Vincent E. Puma in response to the increasing incidence of homelessness
in his Paterson, N.J. parish. But Msgr. Puma soon realized that a soup
kitchen was not enough. With the generous support of thousands of donors
and private and government grants, Eva's has grown into the most
respected anti-poverty program in New Jersey. Their mission is to feed
the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide medical
and dental care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each
About La Golda
"La Golda" is
about an eight-year-old girl who has been shuffled around from one
orphanage to another but yet has an amazing and positive outlook on
life. Through her love of soccer, or futbol, "La Golda" recruits other
international orphans, and together as teammates, they overcome their
unique circumstances to build a better world for kids. Produced in both
English and Spanish, the animation hopes to appeal to multicultural
audiences. Creator George Valencia notes that, "'La Golda' was inspired
by my daughter and our visits to orphanages in Latin America." The
project successfully received support through its viral Kickstarter
campaign held late 2013 by reaching people who wanted to see it come to
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