Community Foundation Awards $37,500 to Stimulate Workforce Development Programs

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has awarded a series of Workforce Development Grants totaling $37,500.  The Community Foundation’s Workforce Development Grant program supports scholarship opportunities for formal work readiness, education training or advancement, and professional development programs.

Funding was made possible by a bequest from Dr. Gladys Martha Allen who committed her gift to support scholarships to make education and training accessible.

Grants for the 2016 program year were awarded to the following eligible organizations.

  • Pocomoke High School was awarded $7,500 to support Pocomoke Project 100 college scholarships and work experiences.
  • Smith Island United was awarded $7,500 to support the creation of a Smith Island Waterman’s Apprenticeship program.
  • Dove Pointe was awarded $7,500 to support American Sign Language training classes
  • Wor-Wic Community College was awarded $7,500 to support the School to Work: Education, Employment, and Transitions program (SWEET) for individuals aged 18-21 with significant cognitive disabilities
  • Big Brother Big Sisters was awarded $7,500 to support a juvenile corrections partnership program for at risk youth.

About the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore:  Celebrating over 30 years of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) has been serving the needs of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties granting more than $50 million.  Through the generosity and vision of our donors, CFES awarded grants totaling more than $5 million in fiscal year 2015. CFES brings together donors and builds on community assets through scholarships, grants, advocacy and leadership development.  By focusing on people, organizations, neighborhoods and nonprofit capacity building, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of health, education, arts and culture, community development and the environment.  For more information, please visit www.cfes.org or call 410-742-9911.

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