Melvin Edwards Becomes Board Vice Chair for Puerto Rican Cultural Center

Springfield City Councilor, Melvin Edwards is proud to announce that he has joined the board of directors of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. At a recent special meeting of the board of directors of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, an invitation was extended unanimously by the executive board and accepted. Edwards was promptly nominated and voted vice-chairman of the organization. 

February 9, 2013:

 Springfield City Councilor, Melvin Edwards is proud to announce that he has joined the board of directors of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. At a recent special meeting of the board of directors of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, an invitation was extended unanimously by the executive board and accepted. Edwards was promptly nominated and voted vice-chairman of the organization. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve my community through my involvement with this fine organization”, stated Edwards. Edwards joins Springfield City Councilor and Chairman of the Board, Zaida Luna, and President and CEO Ivette Cruz on the newly reorganized board.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center located at 38 School Street, is a thirty five year old organization dedicated to service to the Puerto Rican and Latino community of Western Massachusetts. The PRCC is the sponsor of the annual New England Puerto Rican Festival & Parade, PRCC Annual Dinner Gala, and the Miss Teen PRCC Pageant.

PRCC provides intensive ESOL classes, counseling and case management, assessment, information, referral services, and tutoring. The PRCC also offers classes for GED preparation and sexual health education.

From a cultural perspective, the PRCC offers dance classes, takes part in an annual Three Kings day celebration, and promotes cultural events by other groups around the area. 

Edwards is now serving a community that he feels is very important in the city.  The PRCC is located in Ward 3, which Edwards represents on the Springfield City Council.  Ward 3 is a very diverse district, with an almost perfectly even distribution of the three main racial groups that make up the population in the city.  “I intend to serve all of my constituents equally because they are the ones who elect me, it’s very important for me to hear from everyone in my community, regardless of their background”, stated Edwards. 

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