GOODWILL® OF ORANGE COUNTY AWARDED $25,000 GRANT FROM BANK OF AMERICA
Funds will further Workforce Development Program to sustain job readiness and placement for veterans and adults with disabilities
SANTA ANA, CA — June 29, 2015 – Today, Goodwill of Orange County announced that it has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to invest in its Workforce Development Program to sustain vital job-readiness and job placement programs, with a special emphasis on post-9/11 veterans.
This investment by Bank of America will allow Goodwill to conduct outreach to more than 3,000 veterans in 2015, enroll 150 veterans in workforce programs that include sectorial and credentialing programs. The grant will also enable Goodwill to assist 75 veterans in securing full and part-time employment.
“We are tremendously grateful for Bank of America ’s support of our program to help veterans and adults with disabilities get and maintain jobs, which are vital to ensuring they lead independent, successful lives,” said Frank Talarico, Jr., President and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County. “With their help, we’re truly going to make a difference for the more than 130,000 veterans living in Orange County.”
Opportunity Nation’s 2014 Opportunity Index highlighted that nearly 16 percent of the population lives below the federal poverty line – that’s higher than it was in 2011 (up from 14 percent). And while the unemployment rate has dropped, it doesn’t take into account those who have stopped looking for work or those who are underemployed and struggling to make ends meet.
Low- and middle-income individuals in the Orange County community are still struggling to find jobs due to the skills divide and the need for job training and post-secondary education. Working with individuals to help them attain these skills and find jobs is critical to the growth of our community.
“We are proud to support Goodwill of Orange County’s workforce programs and help to provide confidence, optimism and stability to our local veterans and individuals with disabilities,” said Allen Staff, Orange County market president, Bank of America. “The social and economic benefits of employment have been proven time and time again and this is one way we can connect people to the resources they need to lead financially stable lives.”
For more than a decade, Bank of America has supported Goodwill of Orange County by providing more than $340,000 in grant funding and countless hours of volunteer service. Goodwill of Orange County is proud to partner with Bank of America to connect the unemployed and underserved with barriers to employment to the training and education they need to secure and retain jobs with livable wages.
About Goodwill of Orange County
Since 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has been in the business of helping people who are facing barriers to enter the workforce in a meaningful, fulfilling manner. Founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve the independence that work provides, Goodwill is most recognized for being the conduit where donated goods are sold in America’s favorite thrift stores to generate the revenue that provides the services to those who face employment challenges. Celebrating its 90th year in 2014, Goodwill of Orange County has supported thousands of Orange County residents since its inception by creating and providing quality training and employment services to empower its program participants to be productive and independent. The nonprofit organization has dozens of programs that support this effort, including the Goodwill Fitness Center, Orange County’s only facility specially designed for people suffering from chronic illnesses and physical disabilities; its veterans’ advocacy program, Enduring Independence, which helps veterans and their families transition to civilian life through the power of work; and its Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), which provides access to more than 1,000 state-of-the-art technology devices for children and adults with disabilities. These are just a few of Goodwill of Orange County’s innovative programs that have served those facing barriers in Orange County for the past nine decades. In 2012, Goodwill was named one of Orange County’s Most Trusted Brands. To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County, visit www.ocgoodwill.org.
About Bank of America Charitable Foundation
At Bank of America, we are committed to enhancing the economic vitality of the communities we serve through our philanthropic giving and employee volunteerism. We have a longstanding commitment to supporting leadership development in the nonprofit sector through our Neighborhood Builders® program, and fostering the next generation of community leaders through our Student Leaders® program. We also provide grants to nonprofits in the U.S. supporting housing, jobs and hunger initiatives through a quarterly application process. Last year, our employees donated 1.5 million hours to help meet critical community needs across our global footprint. Investing in communities fosters the growth that is critical for the individuals and communities we serve and for the sustainability of our business. For more information about Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/foundation or follow us on Twitter @BofA_Community.
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