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Building on our success to create new solutions and guided by the belief that education and personal development are critical to self-sufficiency, we experienced one of our most transformative years. Our efforts made significant, positive impacts on the people we serve while transforming our service delivery system.


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People’s United Community Foundation has been a generous supporter of The WorkPlace’s Platform to Employment since its inception in 2011. This support enabled P2E to be recognized by Allstate and Atlantic Media as one of the most innovative programs in the nation over the past year for developing path-breaking solutions to one of the most pressing problems facing the U.S.

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In 2007, People’s United Bank established a $60 million charitable foundation, People’s United Community Foundation, to help improve the quality of life for residents in the neighborhoods they served. The People’s United Community Foundation’s mission is to invest in programs and services that enhance the quality of life for residents, promote the economic development and well-being of neighborhoods and support the educational and developmental needs of children and youth.

In 2011, People’s United Community Foundation was a founding supporter of an ambitious and innovative pilot program of The WorkPlace called Platform to Employment (P2E) which addresses the unique challenges of long-term unemployment. With the backing of People’s United Community Foundation, P2E went on to become a national model for how best to help this population return to work. In the years since, the Foundation also funded two additional P2E pilots leading to involvement by other community partners.

Most recently the foundation stepped forward to support the 21st Century Job Skills program which was created to fill the job training gap and provide job training and education funds for low-income people. These individuals require training but cannot access public training funds nor can they afford to pay for training on their own. Through its financial commitments, People’s United Community Foundation continues to help make the community stronger, more vibrant and sustainable. The WorkPlace recently presented its 2016 Philanthropic Leadership Award to People’s United Community Foundation.


Young Women’s League of New Canaan provided a generous grant to The WorkPlace in support of an Emergency Food Closet in the Bridgeport American Job Center. They are making an impact by understanding that preparing for a job includes not being hungry and having basic resources to support a family.

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The WorkPlace received a generous grant from the Young Women’s League of New Canaan for the Emergency Food Closet in the Bridgeport American Job Center (AJC). The grant will assist with providing food and feminine hygiene products to families, usually mothers, experiencing critical food insecurity as they wait for the appropriate public assistance to begin or be replenished.

The Young Women’s League of New Canaan’s giving theme of “Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities” spoke to how the Emergency Food Closet started and why it is important to maintain; hunger and poverty often go hand in hand. Through the AJC intake process we learn about a client’s job skills, however we also witness a secondary challenge of food insecurity.

In Connecticut, mothers spend at least $20 to $30 per week for diapers, which can cause an already low-income mother to make a trade-off that can endanger her child’s health. Parents who can’t afford diapers can’t leave their child in daycare to go to work, leading to economic instability and continuing the cycle of poverty. In a recent study of food insecure families by Feeding America, 73% of families report choosing between paying for food and utilities, 69% report making choices between paying for food and transportation, 68% report making choices between paying for food and medicine, 63% report making choices between paying for food and for housing.

The Emergency Food Closet helps to relieve families of having to make these choices and therefore be a part of a healthier community. The Young Women’s League of New Canaan understands that preparing for a job includes not being hungry and having the basic resources to support a child. Their support is making an impact by improving the lives of neighbors in our community.


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Unemployment Is Really Low. So Why Can’t These People Find Jobs?

By Kristen Bahler. May 22, 2017 Nathan Bonds’ breaking point came after 19 months of unemployment, 23 interviews, and 200 applications. His résumé had been rejected by a string of minimum wage jobs—including the local L.L. Bean and J. Crew outlets—and Bonds, who lives...

Program restores workers’ confidence, helps find jobs

Johnston Sunrise | October 27, 2016 | By John Howell Nathan Bonds came to Rhode Island from Indiana in 2013 to take a job as a quality manager for Quality Spray Technologies. He found a house in Cranston, and he, his wife, and five daughters settled into the...


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