Friday, March 3, 2006

Integration of Hispanic community is full-time job for Franklin Hispanic Chamber founder

The Tennessean profiles Franklin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce founder Eva Melo in this article today. Melo's work and personal schedules are filled with large and small efforts to integrate the Hispanic community and the broader Middle Tennessee community.

"Eva Melo can chat as easily with the president of a company as she can with a young Hispanic who's panicked because he can't find work or fill out a job application in English."

"Melo loves the people who share her Hispanic roots. She hugs them when they come to her office for help with problems of almost every kind."

"'They're sometimes illegal,' she says. 'I tell them they should see an attorney and try to connect them with one. They're sometimes thrown by English in documents, and they sometimes are in need of a doctor and don't know how to reach one who understands Spanish. I always try to help, because helping is just part of me.'"

Melo is the owner of Latin Market Communications, a public relations company. The Franklin Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce she founded will host its next mixer March 21 at 5:30PM at the Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064. Call Eva Melo at 599-0045 or for more information.

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