McDonald’s has found that one in eight Americans have worked at one of its restaurants, leading the brand to launch its “1 in 8” initiative, according to a press release.
Members of the inaugural class will have access to unique programming like exclusive events, mentorships with notable alums and reunions.
First up is a letterman jacket designed by lifestyle brand Robotic Mines Concept founder Kendall Hurns. The limited-edition letterman jacket is filled with surprises fellow crew members will understand. For each jacket sold, McDonald’s will contribute to help crew members achieve once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The jackets go on sale Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.
“For 1 in 8 Americans, the McDonald’s restaurant experience offers critical life skills and creates opportunities for meaningful work and connections,” Tiffanie Boyd, SVP and chief people officer at McDonald’s, said in the release. “Formally bringing this group together will give past and present crew members alike the chance to continue growing, building their networks and celebrating the special community they represent.”
McDonald’s also held a homecoming event in New York City on Oct. 11.
“Reflecting back on my beginnings as a McDonald’s restaurant employee 38 years ago, I’m proud to be a part of an organization that roots for and supports its people,” Myra Doria, U.S. National Field President at McDonald’s, said in the release. “It’s special to have experienced first-hand the doors that the Golden Arches can open for a person.”
McDonald’s operates 13,500 U.S. restaurants.