Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
(415) 282-3334 ext. 152
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UnidosUS and DoorDash Partner to Empower Latinos of San Francisco Through Caminos and Other Initiatives
Partnership set to bring financial coaching and workforce development, nutrition training and grants, and support for civic engagement to MEDA and agencies across the country and online
SAN FRANCISCO, March 17, 2022 — The UnidosUS affiliate Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) in San Francisco announced it is participating in a national partnership with DoorDash to provide financial coaching and workforce development, nutrition training and grants, and support for civic engagement. The program’s signature initiative, Caminos, will develop and implement a bilingual financial empowerment program that will feature financial coaching and workforce development programming online nationwide and in San Francisco and will identify and recruit participants through MEDA.
MEDA will integrate the innovative Caminos financial empowerment initiative into existing programming, offering this valuable resource to entrepreneurs in its Business Development program, plus community members participating in its Workforce Development programs and financial capability coaching.
The Caminos initiative makes it possible for participants to improve their financial well-being and build generational wealth by building skills and habits that enhance financial equity over a lifetime. Caminos includes financial and professional skills education and access to free, individualized financial coaching as part of the courses offered. Dashers will be connected to an online financial coach, who can support them as they pursue their financial goals through individualized, bilingual English and Spanish services from the UnidosUS Financial Empowerment Network.
The partnership will also incorporate DoorDash’s Project DASH, which allows organizations to leverage DoorDash logistics to combat food insecurity, coupled with Unidos’ food insecurity program, Comprando Rico y Sano, to supplement nutrition training with grants for food delivery to participants in San Francisco.
The UnidosUS and DoorDash partnership also includes support for immigration policy education and civic engagement through the UnidosUS Latino Empowerment and Advocacy Program (LEAP) by identifying opportunities for engagement by integrating voter registration and education activities into existing services.
“UnidosUS is a leader in the Hispanic community on issues ranging from health and education to immigration. Their work has made a positive difference in the lives of many and DoorDash is honored to partner with UnidosUS to support those initiatives and more.” said Katherine Rodriguez, Senior Manager of Federal Public Engagement, DoorDash. “Through our partnership we are committed to helping underserved communities enhance their financial well-being and build generational wealth through earnings opportunities and programs like Caminos.”
“Everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed at their workplace. That’s why we’re excited about our new partnership with DoorDash to provide Latinx workers with the skills they need to succeed in the jobs of the 21st century,” said Janet Murguía, UnidosUS President and CEO. “This collaboration will allow us and our network of affiliates to expand our current workforce development programs and provide innovative training and employment opportunities to hundreds more workers. Thanks to DoorDash’s major new support, we can put even more people, families, and communities on the path to greater financial stability and prosperity.“
“As a longtime affiliate of UnidosUS, MEDA appreciates their ongoing support of our work,” said Lucy Porras, MEDA Director of Development & Communications. “By working with UnidosUS to implement the Caminos initiative, MEDA will be able to increase the reach and capacity of our financial empowerment strategies, building wealth for individuals and families.”
In addition to launching in San Francisco, the partnership will launch nationwide online and in the following markets with UnidosUS affiliates and partners:
- Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Queens, N.Y.
- San Diego
- Washington, D.C.
To find more information and sign up for Caminos programming, please see here.
About Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
Rooted in San Francisco’s Mission District, MEDA is advancing a national equity movement by building Latino prosperity, community ownership and civic power. We envision generations of Latino families choosing where to call home, thriving economically, succeeding in learning opportunities, and leading policy and social change toward a more equitable society.
DoorDash is a technology company that connects consumers with their favorite local and national businesses in more than 4,000 cities and all 50 states across the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan. Founded in 2013, DoorDash enables local businesses to address consumers’ expectations of ease and immediacy and thrive in today’s convenience economy. By building the last-mile logistics infrastructure for local commerce, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time.
UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger.