MHOA Celebrates Hispanics All Year Long

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Business

One of the pillars of McDonald’s Hispanic Owner-Operators Assocation (MHOA), is education and that is why MHOA has a strong commitment of supporting the local HACER® Scholarship Program. Since 2013, more than $300,000 dollars have been awarded to Hispanic students who face financial needs, but have demonstrated their academic and leadership abilities as well as their sincere wish to serve their communities.

Juan Mendez, who was one of MHOA’s founders, sadly passed away this year. Mendez was a tireless promoter of education. In honor of his commitment, his family generously donated the entire proceeds of the Juan M. Mendez Memorial Fund to the local HACER Scholarships. MHOA is infinitely grateful to the Mendez family for their generosity and their wish to continue Mendez’s legacy. For young students attending elementary school, some basic needs are obstacles and the members of MHOA have responded, donating appropriate footwear and school supplies. Additionally, they have supported an initiative that gives backpacks to thousands of students with the necessary school materials to succeed.

This commitment to education also extends to helping McDonald’s employees further their education and achieve their dreams. The “Archways to Opportunity” program and the “English Under the Arches” course were created to help employees improve English skills, earn a High School diploma or work towards a college degree, as they progress on the path to success. The owner-operators of MHOA have celebrated graduation ceremonies to acknowledge their employees that have completed these programs.

Another way that MHOA contributes to the community is through direct donations to worthy service organizations. Annually thousands are being invested in organizations such as Back of the Yards Community Council, Casa Central, Erie House, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Mariachi Heritage Foundation and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

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