MoneyGram Foundation Celebrates New MoneyGram Children’s Corner Library
MoneyGram Foundation awards grant to the Hmong Cultural Center to strengthen literacy for Hmong children in Minneapolis-Saint Paul
Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, June 7, 2016 - MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI), a global provider of innovative money transfer services, celebrated the completion of the new addition to the Hmong Cultural Center Resource Center library - the MoneyGram Children's Corner. The MoneyGram Children's Corner provides bilingual and culturally appropriate children's books that anyone in the community may read while visiting the center or check out to read at home. The Children's Corner will also serve children of the adult learners in the Hmong Cultural Center's Adult Basic Education programs, which include ESL and citizenship classes.
"Literacy is the first tool necessary for immigrants and refugees to successfully integrate into new connected societies," said Jacqueline Lowe, President of the MoneyGram Foundation. "Minneapolis-Saint Paul holds the largest urban Hmong population in the United States. By working with the Hmong Cultural Center and MoneyGram's local friends in business in the Twin Cities to address literacy and access to education, the MoneyGram Foundation is honored to positively impact a community in which MoneyGram operates by contributing to the development and inclusion of Hmong youth."
Along with the grant provided by the MoneyGram Foundation, the project received additional funding from MoneyGram's friends in business, including Bangkok Market and Video Rental, Bingo Oriental, Get Happy Oriental Food, My Mobile Wireless, PV Travel, Tiger Supermarket, World Travel Agency, and Y&K Staffing who also serve the Hmong community in Minneapolis-Saint Paul.
The Hmong Cultural Center was established in 1992 to promote knowledge of the Hmong Culture in the Hmong and non-Hmong community. Since 1992, the center's mission has expanded to provide adult basic education to Hmong refugees and multicultural education programming to help non-Hmong learn about the culture and experiences of the Hmong people.