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Bank of America awards $275K to 20 nonprofits

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has announced $275,000 in grants to 20 nonprofits providing workforce development and education opportunities in Valley communities including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Chandler. The grants are part of Bank of America’s focus on employment opportunities and preparing the under-employed and the next generation of workers with the skills needed for careers in the evolving workforce.

Despite an improving state unemployment rate that fell from 6.6 percent in October 2014 to 6.2 percent in March according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs remain elusive for low- and middle-income communities. The 20 nonprofits receiving the grants connect low-income individuals and families to financial education, job training, workforce development and/or mentoring at their point of need.

“The social and economic benefits of employment have been proven time and time again, providing confidence, optimism and stability to our families,” said Bank of America Arizona Market President Benito Almanza. “Our philanthropic investments are one way that we’re working to connect individuals in our community to the resources they need to lead financially stable lives.”

Funding will be used to support the following programs, among others:

• Arizona Women’s Education & Employment programs to assist women, men, young adults and mature workers prepare for, find and keep jobs to establish their financial independence.

• ICAN Improving Chandler Area Neighbohoods’ Youth Development Programs that encourage youth to complete their high school graduation through programs providing educational support and character-building skills needed to be productive and self-confident young adults.

• International Rescue Committee’s efforts to help refugees achieve economic self-sufficiency and self-reliance by successfully obtaining their first job in America.

Other organizations receiving funding are: Aguila Youth Leadership Institute, Inc.; Arizona Career Pathways; Arizona Council on Economic Education; Be A Leader Foundation; Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona; Jr. Achievement of Arizona; Money Management International, Inc.; National Advocacy & Training Network; New Pathways for Youth, Inc.; St. Joseph the Worker; UMOM New Day Centers, Inc.; ACCEL; ACCION; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale; Educare Arizona; Jewish Family & Children’s Service; and Tempe Community Council Incorporated.

“Helping women, men, young adults and mature workers find and keep jobs is essential in building their financial stability, financial independence and in creating stronger communities and neighborhoods,” said Marie Sullivan, President and CEO of Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE). “The broad support of Bank of America and our business community is vital in achieving our mission to change lives through the dignity of work.  We are grateful for Bank of America’s unwavering commitment to the community.”

In 2014, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to Arizona nonprofits in the form of grants and partnerships. Additionally, local employees volunteered more than 105,600 hours last year.

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B of A launches ‘Express Your Thanks’ Campaign

Bank of America has launched a program to support the needs of military service members and veterans.  Called “Express Your Thanks,” the goal is to donate up to $1 million nationally to Welcome Back Veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

Through the campaign, customers, bank employees and other individuals can make simple online expressions of gratitude, each generating a $1 donation from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to the organizations.

The campaign runs through Veteran’s Day, November 11. People can participate by taking a photo, creating a video or writing a message of support and sharing it on www.bankofamerica.com/troopthanks or posting on Twitter with the hash tag #troopthanks.  Selected messages will be highlighted in Times Square beginning in July and expressions of thanks will be shared with military nonprofit organizations.

Funds donated by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will support economic empowerment programs provided by WWP and will help fund Welcome Back Veterans’ national network of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Centers of Excellence created by America’s leading university hospitals.

Ongoing Bank of America employee volunteer activities will continue during the campaign as an opportunity to extend the company’s support of military service members and their families. Last year, employee volunteers donated nearly 23,000 hours of volunteer time and expertise through activities ranging from packing care packages for military serving overseas to providing financial education to returning veterans.

Bank of America in Arizona supports veterans in and out of the company and recently collaborated with Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) on a Vets Coaching Vets program through which the bank’s veteran’s affinity group mentors previously homeless or incarcerated veterans working with AWEE to put their lives back together.

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

Welcome Back Veterans, an initiative of Major League Baseball Charities and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, provides grants to university hospitals throughout the country that provide post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment to veterans and their families in a public/private partnership.  Currently, Welcome Back Veterans is funding programs at Weill Cornell in New York City, The University of Michigan, Rush University Medical Center, Duke University, Emory University, UCLA and the Boston Red Sox’ Home Base Program at Mass General Hospital in Boston. These institutions are developing new programs and strategies to improve the quality, quantity and access to PTSD and TBI treatment for veterans, particularly those returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

veterans

B of A launches 'Express Your Thanks' Campaign

Bank of America has launched a program to support the needs of military service members and veterans.  Called “Express Your Thanks,” the goal is to donate up to $1 million nationally to Welcome Back Veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

Through the campaign, customers, bank employees and other individuals can make simple online expressions of gratitude, each generating a $1 donation from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to the organizations.

The campaign runs through Veteran’s Day, November 11. People can participate by taking a photo, creating a video or writing a message of support and sharing it on www.bankofamerica.com/troopthanks or posting on Twitter with the hash tag #troopthanks.  Selected messages will be highlighted in Times Square beginning in July and expressions of thanks will be shared with military nonprofit organizations.

Funds donated by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will support economic empowerment programs provided by WWP and will help fund Welcome Back Veterans’ national network of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Centers of Excellence created by America’s leading university hospitals.

Ongoing Bank of America employee volunteer activities will continue during the campaign as an opportunity to extend the company’s support of military service members and their families. Last year, employee volunteers donated nearly 23,000 hours of volunteer time and expertise through activities ranging from packing care packages for military serving overseas to providing financial education to returning veterans.

Bank of America in Arizona supports veterans in and out of the company and recently collaborated with Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) on a Vets Coaching Vets program through which the bank’s veteran’s affinity group mentors previously homeless or incarcerated veterans working with AWEE to put their lives back together.

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

Welcome Back Veterans, an initiative of Major League Baseball Charities and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, provides grants to university hospitals throughout the country that provide post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment to veterans and their families in a public/private partnership.  Currently, Welcome Back Veterans is funding programs at Weill Cornell in New York City, The University of Michigan, Rush University Medical Center, Duke University, Emory University, UCLA and the Boston Red Sox’ Home Base Program at Mass General Hospital in Boston. These institutions are developing new programs and strategies to improve the quality, quantity and access to PTSD and TBI treatment for veterans, particularly those returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.