The nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization is partnering with the largest food delivery company to provide training and subsidies to the industry’s predominantly Latino workforce.
UnidosUS and DoorDash will invest $1.1 million to train workers in 10 markets, including Chicago, Houston, Miami and the New York neighborhoods of Queens and Brooklyn.
“Everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed in 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 21st century jobs,” said Janet Murguía, UnidosUS President and CEO.
The joint project – dubbed Caminos, Spanish for “paths” – will focus on financial coaching as well as nutritional development and civic engagement.
Both issues have a direct impact on Hispanic communities nationwide, especially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hispanic workers were disproportionately more likely to continue working in person during the pandemic, especially in the food industry, whether at the agricultural level or in processing, cooking or home delivery.
Historically, Hispanic communities have lagged behind in financial and entrepreneurial savvy, despite having much higher levels of entrepreneurship compared to the general population.
One in four new businesses are now owned by Latinos, although Hispanics make up just under a fifth of the country’s population, according to a study of Latino businesses by Stanford University.
Yet the same study found that Latino-owned small businesses tend to stay small due to a variety of issues, including reduced access to capital and increased personal financial risk.
“Through our partnership, we are committed to helping underserved communities improve their financial well-being and build generational wealth through income-earning opportunities and programs like Caminos,” said Katherine Rodriguez, Senior Director of federal public engagement at DoorDash.
And nutritional issues are closely linked to community-wide health issues, such as the prevalence of diabetes.
UnidosUS and DoorDash previously had food insecurity and nutrition programs — called Comprando Rico y Sano and Project DASH, respectively — that will be incorporated into the new joint project.
“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 people and DoorDash is honored to partner with UnidosUS to continue this work. Rodríguez said.
Caminos will also incorporate support for immigration reform initiatives and a push for education and voter registration.