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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.
The Valley Community Foundation has been a generous supporter of The WorkPlace. Valley Community Foundation grants have assisted employers with incumbent worker training and WorkPlace programs such as Platform to Employment and WorkPlace Scholarships. This critical funding enables us to strengthen programs and provide opportunity to employers and job seekers in the Valley region.
The mission of the Valley Community Foundation is to connect private philanthropy to the long-term public good of the Greater Valley.
The Foundation is dedicated to making the Valley a better place to live and work, both now and in the future. They provide leadership on critical community issues, encourage and engage people to play a role in improving the Valley’s quality of life and increase philanthropy. The Naugatuck Valley towns share a culture, history and comradery that is unique compared to other areas of the state.
The work of the foundation helps ensure this region remains a special community. Their recipe for success includes understanding the socioeconomic disparities Valley residents experience and building an informed and engaged community to respond to those challenges.
The Valley Community Foundation recognizes that the Valley’s economic, educational, cultural, and health related assets present opportunities to improve the quality of life for its residents. They examine the personal well-being of residents in a manner which helps Valley organizations understand how the work they accomplish fits into a broader whole.
One of the most effective ways the Valley Community Foundation impacts the Valley is through grant distribution to qualified organizations. Through the Responsive Grant process, The WorkPlace has been the recipient of over $125,000 in Valley Community Foundation grants to assist employers with incumbent worker training and programs such as Platform to Employment and WorkPlace Scholarships. This critical funding enables The WorkPlace to strengthen programs and provide opportunity to employers and job seekers in the Valley region.
“The Valley’s well-being and strength is a reflection of how well we come together to solve challenges and issues for the common good. Each of us has a role to play in making the Valley a better place to live and work.”
-Sharon L. Closius, President & CEO, Valley Community Foundation
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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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