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Ten students from The Immokalee Foundation recently visited Hertz Global Holdings’ world headquarters in Estero for a Career Development program that included one-on-one discussions with Hertz employees and executives, a tour of the state-of-the-art facility, and collecting 104 backpacks loaded with back-to-school supplies donated by Hertz employees for Immokalee students.

“This was an incredible experience for our students,” said Steven Kissinger, executive director of The Immokalee Foundation. “The Hertz executives and employees were so generous with their time and had great career advice to offer. Then, when we formed a human chain to load the backpacks into our van, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the Hertz employees. These backpacks are game-changing for 104 Immokalee students as they begin the school year, and we’re so appreciative.”

Participating students received a specially requested item: Flash drives. “Flash drives enable our students to carry their work into computer labs and classroom spaces to ensure they can complete their school requirements, even if they don’t have computers at home,” said Kissinger. “It’s a meaningful resource throughout the school year.”

Hertz executives including Eliana Zem, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, and Bill Masterson, vice president of strategic communications, encouraged the students to continue their dedication to The Immokalee Foundation and its programs that will help them grow as leaders.

“These students are clearly motivated to excel in their careers, and their goals are inspirational,” said Zem. “We’re honored they shared their time with us, and we hope to hear from them when their studies are complete – it’s an impressive group.”

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, becoming a mentor, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit

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