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May 27, 2016

On May 26, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced $270,000 in grants to 31 nonprofits dedicated to providing workforce development and education opportunities throughout San Diego. The San Diego Workforce Partnership received a $6,500 award to support regional workforce development initiatives.

The nonprofits receiving support focus on connecting youth and adults, including the unemployed and underserved, to workforce opportunities, education and skills-building. Funding will help individuals living in low-income neighborhoods, who are disproportionately impacted by unemployment and other barriers to workforce participation, access opportunities that will advance long-term sustainable growth in San Diego.

“Preparing the under-employed as well as the next generation of workers with the skills needed for careers in the region’s evolving workforce is one of the ways we are helping our community’s economy thrive,” said Rick Bregman, San Diego market president, Bank of America. “We share these nonprofits’ vision to help people obtain the skills necessary to lead financially stable and independent lives.”

“Although unemployment numbers are improving, they do not tell the whole story,” said Peter Callstrom, San Diego Workforce Partnership CEO. “With this gift we will be able to serve more job seekers and underemployed individuals as well as the thousands of young people in our county who are disconnected from education and/or work. We are very thankful to receive this gift from Bank of America, who has and continues to be an instrumental partner in workforce development in San Diego County.”

Other organizations receiving grants include: Accion, Asian Business Association, Barrio Logan College Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, Cleantech Education Foundation, CONNECT, East County Economic Development Council, I Love A Clean San Diego, International Rescue Committee, Junior Achievement of San Diego, Just In Time For Foster Youth, Monarch, Ocean Discovery Institute, Promises2Kids, Psycharmor, Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, Reality Changers, REBOOT, The Rosie Network, San Diego Mana, San Diego Regional Small Business Development Corporation, San Diego Second Chance, South Bay Community Services, St. Madeleine Sophies Training Center, Teach For America, Urban Corps of San Diego, USS Midway, Voices For Children, Workshops For Warriors and YMCA of San Diego County.

These grants are part of Bank of America’s commitment to responsible growth as it works to improve the financial lives of individuals and families in San Diego County. Philanthropic and volunteer investments play a key role in this effort. In 2015, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation gave more than $2 million in grants and partnerships to San Diego nonprofits, and local employees volunteered more than 18,000 hours in San Diego communities.

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