We hope Summer 2019 has been as productive for you as it has been for MCF! 

In this edition of our newsletter, we have some exciting updates to share. We would like to bring you up to date on our Summer Enrichment Program beneficiary, Goya’s mentor trip, new projects and much more!


Meet Ricardo, our first Summer Enrichment Program beneficiary from our project in Barranquilla, Colombia. Ricardo spent over a month in Chicago learning English and exploring the city. During his time here, Ricardo experienced all the beauty that the city has to offer with the Maestro Cares team and his host family.

Ricardo says the experience was “a dream come true.” His favorite memories from the trip are spending time with his host family and attending the Gold Cup Finals between USA and Mexico.

Though Ricardo has now returned to Barranquilla, Colombia, he hopes to continue pursuing his studies in Psychology with the end goal of someday returning to the United States to work.  We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Ricardo!

Mentors and children standing with their Goya bean art.


On July 10th, MCF Staff and Goya Food Mentors traveled to the Orfanato Niños de Cristo in La Romana, Dominican Republic to meet with the children they mentor now for the fifth consecutive year. The children, aged 4-18 years, participated in activities where they bonded and enjoyed time with their mentors and staff. Some notable activities that sparked creativity and imagination during the four-day trip included karaoke, a “Chopped” inspired cooking challenge, creating a Goya Mosaic and a graduation party for the new high school graduates.  The children were overjoyed to have been able to spend quality time with their Goya Mentors.

We would like to send a special thank you to our partner Goya Foods for changing the lives of these children. We can’t wait for next year’s trip!

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We would like to congratulate José Luis on reaching yet another milestone! The recipient of our first FJ Pollak / Maestro Cares Foundation scholarship fund, José recently graduated with a degree in Fashion Design from Parson’s School of Fashion in New York City, New York.

This fund awards scholarships to college-enrolled students based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need and an interest in social service volunteerism and philanthropy.

For more information on our scholarship opportunities, please contact Massiel Brito at

Bad Bunny performing at the Spotify Concert in Chicago



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Marc with child announcing #LeaveYourLegacy campaign


What have you done lately to #LeaveYourLegacy? If nothing comes to mind, MCF has the perfect opportunity for you to make a difference and win big! Each month, we are raffling off amazing prizes to a person from our recurring donor program.

For as little as $15 a month, you can become a donor and automatically participate each month in a raffle for the chance to win fantastic prizes like concert tickets, special memorabilia items, personal gifts made by the children we serve, and much more! Join last month’s winner, who won Marc Anthony concert tickets for his show in Chicago!

So, what are you waiting for? #LeaveYourLegacy today!

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Mariana, our Administrative Coordinator, (Left) with a child from one of our projects.


Now is your chance to join the MCF team! MCF has several job openings, such as Relationship Development Associate and Communications Intern. Apply today and join us in changing lives and building dreams!

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