The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce received a $55,000 donation from Meijers, a Michigan-based family business.
“They believe in treating each other with dignity and respect. They are committed to strengthening the communities they serve,” Hispanic Chamber Executive Director Janessa Calderon said in a statement released Tuesday.
“We are very grateful to have received such a large donation,” she said. “This will have a significant impact on the business community and the greater Quad Cities region. We will use the funds for our multicultural speaker series and our small business education programs.”
“Our diversity and inclusion journey is not just focused on our own team members, customers and business partners, but on our communities as a whole,” said Meijer President and CEO, Rick Keyes, in a statement released Tuesday. “We look forward to seeing how the Hispanic Chamber will use our donation to create intergenerational wealth and opportunity for members of our communities.”
The retailer’s donation will strengthen the Hispanic Chambers of the Midwest and their missions of supporting, promoting and enhancing the growth and success of businesses and organizations by leveraging the assets, contributions and expertise of Hispanic identities and multicultural, depending on the society.
QC’s donation is part of $1 million the company has donated to local U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce affiliates, as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting various businesses and communities. The donation will be split equally among 17 chambers across the Midwest.
“By investing in these Hispanic chambers, we hope to empower Hispanic business owners and create an economic impact felt in all of our communities,” said Tim Williams, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Meijer.
This donation is also part of the retailer’s 2021 year-end giving efforts, totaling $6.5 million that will support its core giving areas: Hunger Relief, Diversity & Inclusion, Sustainability, and Local Giving. As part of its year-end giving, Meijer previously announced a $1.2 million donation to Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as a $300,000 donation to National Minority Supplier Development Council affiliates in the Midwest.
The Greater Hispanic Chamber’s Multicultural Speaker Series offers individuals and organizations the opportunity to engage diverse residents and employees from multiple sectors in the Quebec region, expand their networks, and enhance their awareness of diversity issues. .
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer that operates 258 supercenters and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. However, they have no location in the QC area.
Privately owned and family owned since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one stop shop” concept and has evolved over the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, full clothing departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For more information about Meijer, visit www.meijer.com.
The Greater Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, member-driven organization that includes businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and individuals from the greater Quebec area among its members. .
The chamber’s mission is to support, promote, and enhance the growth and success of businesses and organizations by leveraging the strengths, contributions, and expertise of our Hispanic and multicultural identities.
For more information, visit its website.