Thankful Thursday: Eva Longoria on Helping People Trying to Better Their Lives (VIDEO)

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Eva Longoria comes from "a long line of givers."

The actress and producer, whose new NBC comedy Telenovela premieres with a special 1-hour preview on Monday, Dec 7 at 10/9c, has made giving back a cornerstone of her life. "I thought 'volunteer' was a job, that's how much we did it," she says.

Her Eva Longoria Foundation is devoted to helping Latinas further their education and become entrepreneurs. Longoria was honored this fall at the inaugural Television Industry Advocacy Awards benefitting the Creative Coalition in partnership with TV Guide Magazine and TV Insider.

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In a video shot by Chideo: The Charity Network for the event, Longoria explains how her foundation was "born out of this need of helping the fastest-growing demographic in the U.S." Watch below:

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