WALLINGFORD — On Tuesday night, the Spanish Community of Wallingford hosted Literacy Volunteers to provide English language sessions, a space for CONNTAC to help people fill out FAFSA forms for college, coordinated a virtual, bilingual COVID-19 information session and helped students in the Mariachi Academy get measured for outfits during a rehearsal session. Staff scampered back and forth making sure everything went smoothly.
It was just a typical Tuesday night at their facility.
To help keep the programs going, last week representatives of Nucor Steel Connecticut and the Spanish Community of Wallingford smiled while holding a $42,000 check, the amount Nucor collected at its annual charity event.
Angel Cyr, human resource coordinator for Nucor Steel Connecticut, explained this was the ninth annual Nucor Steel Connecticut Charity Golf Tournament.
She said over the past nine years the company raised more than $250,000 for local organizations.
One of the organizations they always try to donate to is SCOW since it has supported the families working at Nucor, she said.
“Their children get to grow up in great youth programs because of SCOW,” Cyr said while praising SCOW for all they do for the community.
Cyr said it was important for Nucor’s donation to be large this year because of the hardships the community has had to face with the ongoing pandemic.
Adriana Rodríguez, executive director of SCOW, echoed that comment and explained some of the fundraisers SCOW normally holds to support its programming were canceled because of the pandemic.
Cyr noted all of the proceeds from the fundraiser are donated each year.
While SCOW was the main recipient this year, proceeds from the event are alternated each year so that they support SCOW, Wallingford police and the fire department.
“I think this year it completely went in line with the efforts that SCOW is doing as well to make that bridge between the community and the police force,” Cyr said.
For Cyr, this donation was important because it shows her that she is working for a place that supports and cares about the community, she said. In addition, because of that commitment to the community, Cyr recently joined the Board of Directors of SCOW.
Rodríguez said SCOW is “grateful” and “honored” to have been selected to receive that amount.
“With these funds we are able to continue our signature programs like Adelante America, which is a very important program,” Rodríguez said.
Through that program SCOW helps youth — including many who have parents working at Nucor — to get to know workplaces and careers. The program helps students with building skills and improving academic performance.
Other programs at SCOW include English and technology classes, a music program and the Bebes Activos program. Vaccine clinics, translations and immigration services are also part of SCOW’s offerings.
Rodríguez stressed that Nucor “has a heart of steel” since they are always willing to help in various ways, she said.
“They are so involved in the community,” she said.
SCOW is a nonprofit organization which funds its programming with grants, fundraisers and state funding.
This year, however, SCOW was not allocated funding through the state, another reason Nucor’s donation will be helpful, Rodríguez said.
SCOW serves more than 4,000 clients. Its mission is to respond to the needs of the Latino Community by assisting them to succeed in the U.S. society and to enable Latinos to maintain and share their rich varied cultures with the broader community.
The organization is looking forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary in December. The details of the celebration have not yet been finalized.
For more information about SCOW, visit www.scowinc.org. To learn more about Nucor, visit www.nucor.com.