Las Vegas, NV, October 14, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Nevada Women’s Philanthropy (NWP) elected to award its $350,000 2012 grant to Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Inc. to launch a Veteran Integration Program that will help veterans and their spouses find jobs in Southern Nevada. A $30,000 NWP Founders Gift will be awarded to this year’s runner-up, Helping Hands of Vegas Valley and James Seastrand Helping Hands of North Las Vegas.
“Each and every year presents a challenging decision for our members to select which agency is the recipient of our grant,” NWP president Carrie Henderson said. “This year was no different. Goodwill will spend this gift wisely and we are sure it will have a lasting impact for Goodwill and the people it serves.”
Goodwill estimates that the Veterans Integration Program (VIP) will be up and running within the next 30 days. The grant will pay for the program’s start-up costs which will include hiring three full time career specialists who have military backgrounds and understand the unique challenges veterans and their spouses often face when entering or re-entering the workforce. Roughly 400 veterans will be served through this program’s initial two-year launch.
“We can't think of a better way to honor those who served our country than to help them find work, especially in this challenging economy. Right now, roughly one out of every seven veterans in Nevada is unemployed," said Steve Chartrand, president & CEO of Goodwill of Southern Nevada. "Helping someone find a job is truly life changing, and we are grateful to Nevada Women's Philanthropy for providing seed funding to develop this much-needed program in our community.”
In 2011, Salvation Army of Southern Nevada received a grant for $325,000 which it used to rehabilitate its emergency homeless shelter and medical clinic. Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada was last year’s $30,000 NWP Founder’s Gift recipient. Past grant recipients include the Rape Crisis Center, NWP Signs of Hope Counseling Center ($350,000); 2009 Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, NWP Children’s Attorneys Project ($325,000); 2008 Public Education Foundation, Empowerment Schools Program ($450,000); 2007 Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars, Roundy Elementary School ($320,000); Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow, NWP Employment Project ($180,000). NWP has gifted $2.5 million since it was created in 2006.
NWP Mission Statement
The Nevada Women's Philanthropy (NWP) is a member driven, pooled fund, large impact grant making organization established to address the needs of the greater Las Vegas community. NWP’s membership consists of philanthropically motivated women, united by a powerful desire to address emerging issues facing our community in the areas of arts, education, environment, social services, and health. For more information, please visit www.nevadawomensphilanthropy.org.
Goodwill of Southern Nevada
Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Inc. helps people with disabilities and barriers to employment find jobs by providing programs and services for people who want to work. Goodwill is a community resource committed to deploying its assets and leveraging resources with others in the community to create more opportunities for people who need assistance improving their ability to earn a living. In 2011, Goodwill of Southern Nevada provided job training, job search, job placement and various supportive services to 8,511 individuals, including helping 1,255 people in Southern Nevada secure jobs through its Career Connections centers. For more information, please visit www.sngoodwill.org.