Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

Mexican American Opportunity Foundation
Founded: 1963

Mission: To provide for the socioeconomic betterment of California's Latino community while preserving the pride, values, and heritage of Mexican-American culture.

About the organization: Founded in 1963 in order to serve disadvantaged individuals and families in the Los Angeles area, the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) today is the largest Latinx-oriented family services organization in the United States and provides early childhood education and family services, job training, and senior lifestyle development programs at multiple locations across California. 

Current programs: The organization's early childhood education programs include MAOF Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership, which provides center-based, home-based, and family child care for infants and toddlers, as well as a prenatal program; MAOF Head Start/Early Head Start; a Preschool Early Learning Program; and comprehensive Early Care and Education services for at-risk children. In addition to job training and financial literacy services, the organization offers free tax preparation services and a Pay Day Relief Fund. The organization's services for seniors include assistance with benefits enrollment and transportation, a MAOF Senior Hispanic Information and Assistance (SHIAS) program, congregate meal centers, a home-delivered meals program, and a food bank. And the organization also hosts an Annual National Latina Women's Conference.

COVID-19 response: MAOF provides COVID-related information, fact sheets, and other resources in both English and Spanish, assistance for essential workers looking for child care, and food resources.

Website: Visitors to the MAOF website can learn more about its services, apply to enroll in its programs or get on a waiting list, look up other resources, and/or make a donation.

Funding: The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation is supported by public and private foundations, corporations, and government agencies.

Contact: Martin Castro, President & CEO
401 N Garfield Ave
Montebello, CA 90640
Phone: (323) 278-3600

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