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Goodwill gets $30K Bank of America grant

Goodwill of Central Arizona recently received a $30,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation that will provide funding to Goodwill’s Computer and Customer Service Training (CCST) program. The grant is part of the bank’s focus on supporting local workforce development programs.

Goodwill of Central Arizona offers CCST training programs on-site at four (West Central Phoenix, Peoria, Southwest Phoenix and Yuma) of its 21 career centers. As a result of the grant, training services at these locations will be further supported.

Goodwill training programs feature a two-week curriculum that includes: technical computer skills (internet usage, Microsoft Suite), human relations services, and extended career preparation services. Additionally, the grant will enhance Goodwill’s ability to prepare more job seekers for long-term competitive employment at family-sustaining wages.

“We appreciate Bank of America’s support and dedication to our mission,” said Tanya Perry, chief financial officer. “We have 21 Career Centers throughout Central Arizona and with corporate support from Bank of America, we’ll be able to reach even more job seekers in their search for employment.”

All of Goodwill’s Career Centers offer on-site Career advisors, and provide job preparation and employment services including: interviewing skills training, resume writing, on-site hiring events and more. They are equipped with computers, printers, Internet access, telephones, and fax machines to provide services at no cost to the community.

“Having the right career preparation can make all the difference in helping workers to be successful in an already competitive workforce,” said Benito Almanza, Arizona market president, Bank of America. “We’ve seen firsthand the tremendous impact of Goodwill’s Career Centers career-readiness programs for underemployed and unemployed residents in aiding future employment success. Bank of America’s workforce development grants help continue this type of focused and effective job preparation opportunities because sustainable employment ultimately helps to advance financial longevity.”

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Vi At Grayhawk Residents Award $100,000 In Scholarships To Employees, Family Members

Vi at Grayhawk’s resident charitable foundation, the Grayhawk Classic Residence Residents’ Foundation, has awarded $100,000 in scholarships to support the educational efforts for 20 Vi at Grayhawk employees and/or their dependents for the 2012/2013 academic year.

Vi at Grayhawk is an award-winning Continuing Care Retirement Community located in North Scottsdale that was developed and is owned by Vi and Peoria, Arizona based Plaza Companies. The Foundation awarded scholarships to six employees in 2003, and that number has increased significantly over time. The scholarship program is designed to reward the individuals who work diligently to provide an exceptional quality of life at the community.

“Our residents never let the hard work of our employees go unnoticed,” said John Koselak, Executive Director, Vi at Grayhawk. “They are considered to be invaluable assets to our community and the Grayhawk Classic Residents’ Foundation strives to give back to employees for their service.”

Vi at Grayhawk employees who meet pre-determined criteria may annually apply for college scholarships for themselves or their children who are dependents. The scholarship application process involves completing and providing a personal essay, letter of reference(s) and school transcripts. Applicants are then interviewed by the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee before final recipients are determined. The scholarships cover tuition and academic fees.

The Grayhawk Classic Residents’ Foundation was established in 2002 by residents of Classic Residence by Hyatt and the Plaza Companies, now Vi at Grayhawk. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the community by promoting the cultural and intellectual welfare of its residents and employees.

The scholarship program is a one-of-a-kind effort with an impact that is unmatched by any other retirement community in Arizona.

“Employees of Vi at Grayhawk provide exceptional care and service,” said Jane McGrath, President, Grayhawk Classic Residence Residents’ Foundation. “Because our residents value education, we feel this is a wonderful way for us to express our gratitude.”

Recipients are attending a variety of local college campuses and studies range across the board. Hospitality Management, Nursing, Business, Physical Therapy, Marketing, and Astrophysics are just a few examples of majors and programs employees have enrolled in with previous scholarships.