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February 15, 2002
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Benjamin Avila, Diversity Fellow, 441-4965 (through 2-15)
Pam Gadeken, Public Works and Utilities, 441-7588

City Provides Snow Information in Other Languages

The City of Lincoln has partnered with four community centers and the Lincoln Action Program (LAP) to provide the latest information on snow operations to residents of Lincoln who do not speak English. Students from Culler Middle School explain the new service in public service announcements, now airing on 5 CITY-TV.

"We know that a high percentage of the refugees coming to Nebraska are being settled in Lincoln, which add to the number of people in our community who have not yet learned English," said Mayor Wesely. "This effort will provide these residents with information about snow removal and parking bans. We hope this is just one step in providing those who do not speak English with more information about government services and programs."

The Citizen Information Center (CIC) currently provides the latest information on snow operations to the media. CIC has added LAP to its notification list along with the Asian, Arabic, Hispanic and Russian Community Centers. The public service announcements, recorded in Vietnamese, Arabic, Spanish and Russian, direct those who do not speak English to contact the centers for information in their language.

"We want to thank the community centers, LAP, the Lincoln Public Schools and the Public Works and Utilities Department for their cooperation," said City of Lincoln Diversity Fellow Benjamin Avila, who developed the outreach program. "I especially want to commend the Culler students who shared their knowledge in other languages to help people in their community."

The students featured in the announcement are Dieu My Tran (Vietnamese); Rawa Al-Helfi (Arabic); Daniel Legorreta Villegas (Spanish); and. Yuriy Konovalchuk (Russian).

The phone numbers to call for information are: LAP, 471-4515; Asian Center, 477-3446; Arabic Center, 474-6223; Hispanic Center, 474-3950; and Russian Center, 327-0527.

Copies of the PSAs are available by calling Bill Luxford, 5 CITY-TV, 441-6688.
Digital photos of the taping are available by calling Diane Gonzolas, CIC, 441-7831.

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