Oceanside McDonald’s General Manager Jorge “Coco” Eaerle was recently named a “Hero on Our Island” by FiOS1 News for his work with special needs children and his contributions to the Long Island community.
Since 2013, Eaerle has been volunteering with Best Buddies New York, a program that helps students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each month, the General Manager sponsors arts and crafts activities at his restaurant that enables special needs children to express their creativity while also building one-on-one friendships with students from Oceanside High School.
A McDonald’s employee for more than 12 years, Earle began working at the Golden Arches in his native Peru when he was a teenager and has continued with the company ever since. After completing college in 2008, his love for travel and experiencing other cultures led him to relocate to New York where he joined the McDonald’s in Woodside, Queens as a crew person. Within a year, Earle was promoted to manager and, in 2013, he was named General Manager of the Oceanside McDonald’s.
Now a resident of Oceanside, Earle is committed to serving his community as well as inspiring his team of 68 crew people through his endless volunteer work, which also includes buying books for impoverished children in his homeland and supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
“I am a proud ambassador of my team, company and community so it’s easy for me to try my best,” said Earle. “This may sound weird, and even a little cheesy, but the kids I help, my team and my regular customers are my family away from home.”