Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping local nonprofits provide workforce education, build literacy and stimulate economic development in Philadelphia through $252,250 in economic and workforce development grants to 15 local nonprofits. These grants are a portion of $2.1 million in charitable funds that the Foundation has allocated for Philadelphia in 2014.
The Community Learning Center (CLC) received $22,500 for its Self-Sufficiency Support program for vulnerable adults. The CLC provides free literacy instruction, GED preparation and next-step transition support to adults, 18 years and older, who do not have a high school diploma, have less than eighth grade skills and have limited English proficiency. Public assistance recipients, diverse working poor and unemployed, and immigrants also are eligible for the program. Classes incorporate computer-based learning in the classroom, devote time to developing critical thinking skills, and concentrate math and science in one class and social studies and reading/language arts in another. Career coaching, transition support, and life skills instruction are essential aids to literacy and GED instruction, contributing to participant self-sufficiency.
Other economic and workforce development grants awarded include:
- $30,000 to the American College for support services for its Military Veterans Outreach, which offers educational support services for qualifying military veterans and their spouses.
- $30,000 to Congreso de Latinos Unidos to support its 21st Century Skills for Workplace Success programs, which assist more than 1,456 Latino adults.
- $25,000 to Ready, Willing & Able for Career Development Services, which help homeless and formerly incarcerated and/or recovering addicted men overcome barriers to employment and achieve independent lifestyles.
- $20,000 to Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation to support programs at the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises, which help 160 local food entrepreneurs grow their businesses and create more food sector jobs.
- $17,500 to Achievability for the Family Self Sufficiency program, which helps adults and their families become self-reliant by earning college degrees or vocational credentials, developing life skills, getting better jobs and building financial assets.
- $15,000 to Inglis Foundation for the Community Employment Services program, which empowers adults with disabilities to find higher-wage, more secure jobs to sustain independent lives.
- $15,000 to Travis Manion Foundation for the Mentorship and Advocacy for Veterans program, which provides peer and community support and internships to participants as they transition from military careers into all aspects of civilian life.
- $12,500 to Philadelphia VIP for its Small Business Nonprofit Legal Assistance program, which provides clients with free legal support to maintain, grow and operate their small businesses, while freeing limited monetary resources for services to their constituents.
- $12,500 to University City District for the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, which matches jobs provided by some of Philadelphia’s largest employers with unemployed, but highly skilled, West Philadelphia residents.
- $12,500 to Urban League of Philadelphia for its Career Center, which provides clients with workshops on resume review, interviewing skills, mock interviewing, conducting effective job searches and proper use of social media.
- $10,000 to Mayor’s Commission on Literacy to support the myPlace campaign to enroll and track all adult and ESL (English-as-a-Second Language) learners in Philadelphia by 2016; matching learners to resources to continue their education in preparation for their GED.
- $10,000 to Pathways PA for EMT Training for Veterans, which provides a 10-week training program to prepare participating veterans for the Pennsylvania EMT Certification Exam, as well as assistance with job placement.
- $10,000 to Tech Impact for the IT Works Philadelphia Technology Training program, which provides 36 unemployed or underemployed young adults, ages 18-26, with a 16-week course including training, internships and job placement.
- $10,000 to Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians to provide job placement and educational support services to immigrants.
About Lincoln Financial Foundation:
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development. The Foundation awarded more than $2.1 million to support nonprofits in Philadelphia in 2013. Since 2006, the Foundation has contributed nearly $20.3 million to Philadelphia nonprofits.
About Lincoln Financial Group:
Lincoln Financial Group has set aside almost $10 million of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help empower Americans to take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, as well as to guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $215 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2014. Learn more at www.LincolnFinancial.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter (@lincolnfingroup), LinkedIn and YouTube.