Investing in Opportunity
In 2015 the Foundation launched its workforce initiative with a clear goal: to support innovative programming that connects people to good jobs and helps Westchester’s business community find and develop the talent they need to succeed. To date, the Foundation has made grants totaling $650,000 that focus on the opportunity gap.
Westchester Workforce Funders Collaborative
In 2020, funders with a shared interest in workforce issues joined us to launch the Westchester Workforce Funders Collaborative to foster innovative solutions that meet employer needs while preparing people for jobs with a future.
The Collaborative’s 2020 Career Pathways grants of $100,000 each were awarded for programming for young people in the cities of Yonkers, Mount Vernon and New Rochelle:
Westchester Community College: The County’s largest higher education institution is working with its training partner 1199SEIU Funds to recruit and train students in an 11-week boot camp for healthcare occupations. Graduates will have a four-week externship/job shadowing experience at a Montefiore hospital or health-care facility and an opportunity to interview with employer partners Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, and Wartburg (Senior Living and Nursing Home).
Westhab: Through a comprehensive community development approach, Westhab works to break the cycle of poverty. It is training 90 people for construction careers. Participants will earn industry-recognized certifications and advanced training once employed. Employer partners are L+M Development Partners and Queen City Recycling Center & FDL Management.
THE FUNDING PARTNERS
As the Collaborative prepares for future investments, the Foundation is focusing on barriers job-seekers face including limited public transit access, housing affordability, and access to quality childcare.
Contact Tara Seeley, Senior Program Officer, Westchester Community Foundation
at [email protected] with questions.