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Do you know of a veteran who you would like to nominate to be recognized for their military service and their life accomplishments? Nominations for our annual Veterans Day event will be accepted until September 3, 2016.

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The WorkPlace is a company of ideas and actions, resources and initiatives — all designed to strengthen the workforce. “Think it forward” is our corporate culture. Every discipline within our organization is encouraged to innovate and put ideas into motion for the greater good of the workforce…and society as a whole.

From job training to ongoing education, The WorkPlace reaches well beyond the basic requirements of workforce development, seeking state and federal competitive grants and funding from foundations and corporations to help “fill-the-gap” in training to serve more people in-need across the region, the state, and the country.

As a national leader in the field of workforce development, we regularly share best practices with lawmakers, foundations, think tanks and other workforce development organizations around the country. The factors that have contributed to our success are regularly maximizing our relationships with community partners in a collaborative approach to solving workforce challenges.

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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, with special emphasis given to programs and services in low-income areas. The foundation supports programs designed to promote affordable housing, youth development, and community development being presented by nonprofit organizations operating within the communities in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, served by People’s United Bank.

In 2011, People’s United Community Foundation was a founding supporting of an ambitious and innovative pilot program of Platform to Employment (P2E) which aimed to address 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; Bridges to Employment, a modified version of P2E designed for low-income, long-term unemployed residents of the greater Bridgeport area, and Platform to Employment for Youth which provides work readiness skills including soft skills, career planning, job search assistance and opportunity for paid work experience. Once again, the foundations support has led to involvement by other community partners.

Most recently the foundation stepped forward to support the 21st Century Job Skills programs 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 as public training dollars are limited and have restrictions, 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.

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Newman’s Own Foundation supports efforts to combat veteran homelessness. Providing access to safe, stable housing is an essential building block to success in education and training programs leading to promising career opportunities.
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The WorkPlace contacted Newman’s Own Foundation two years ago, seeking support for an innovative approach to addressing core issues of unemployed, homeless veterans; helping them to examine the thoughts and behaviors that hold them back and identify new choices and practices to move toward independent living.

Newman’s Own Foundation responded with funding for a pilot project of The Daring Way™, a highly interactive workshop based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.  Dr. Brown’s work is the subject of a #1 New York Times Best Seller and has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The program provides a safe and supportive space to identify what’s holding veterans back from stepping more fully and bravely into the lives they really want. The grant funded the licensed workshops for staff and program participants led by certified Daring Way™ facilitators. Our participants learned new choices and practices that freed them to move forward more courageously and authentically in their day to day lives towards independent living.

Veterans reported feeling empowered seeing that they were not alone in their thoughts, feelings, and how through the support of community they can make positive choices. The resounding response was that the curriculum was relevant, applicable, benefited participants in their employment efforts.

Participants shared how they immediately implemented lessons into their daily lives. One participant, while preparing for a job interview, shared how learning about his physical responses to fear and shame caused him to be more aware of himself and how others saw him. Once realized, he moved past the fear and confidently into his interview with courage. Another participant reported understanding the difference between shame and guilt and how this awareness impacts his interactions with others.

Thanks to Newman’s Own Foundation homeless veterans in both the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and Supportive Services for Veteran Families learn how to show up, be seen, and live braver lives. The investment and encouragement the foundation has provided continues to help veterans thrive in the communities where they live.

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NEWS AND HEADLINES

Nevada program helps valley veterans tackle the work force

Las Vegas Review-Journal | Alexander S. Corey | July 22, 2016 A group of 21 veterans eager to shed their long-term unemployment status graduated Friday from a program designed to do just that. The veteran contingent was honored at a ceremony at Vegas PBS for...

Nominations Sought From Bridgeport for Veteran’s Award

Bridgeport Voice | Jason Bisnoff | July 21 2016 BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The WorkPlace is calling on the community to nominate a veteran who honorably served the nation and continues to add to the quality of the community. This is an opportunity to acknowledge an...

American Job Center Officially Opens In Derby

Valley Independent Sentinel | Jack Kramer | July 11, 2016 Valley and state officials came together Friday morning to celebrate the grand opening of the new American Job Center at 101 Elizabeth St. in Derby, the second WorkPlace location to operate in the Naugatuck...

Workplace gets $500,000 to aid reentry of female inmates

CT Post | July 16, 2016 BRIDGEPORT – Mayor Joe Ganim on Saturday announced that The WorkPlace, a nonprofit organization based in Bridgeport, has been awarded a $500,000 federal grant by the U.S. Department of Labor for its efforts to prepare women inmates at the...

YouthWorks Summer Earn and Learn Employment Program – July 2016

As part of Workforce Development Week (July 11 – 15) – an effort by the Workforce Development Council of the US Conference of Mayors to promote the efforts of Workforce Development Boards across the country – we are proud to say that ever year our summer...

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