Bank of America to donate $220,000 to boost workforce skills

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SACRAMENTO — The University of the Pacific and the United Way of Stanislaus County are among 17 area organizations that will receive grants from Bank of America to help increase educational and workforce development opportunities.

Bank of America is donating a total of $220,000 in grants to local organizations, including the University of the Pacific and the United Way of Stanislaus County.

The groups receiving money focus on connecting youth and adults, including the unemployed and underserved, to workforce opportunities and education and skills-building. The funding helps those living in low-income neighborhoods, who are disproportionately impacted by unemployment and other barriers to workforce participation.

“Investing in our workforce is one of the ways we are addressing issues fundamentally connected to economic mobility,” said Bank of America’s Sacramento Market President Kathy Sowa. “We’re proud to partner with nonprofit organizations like Saint John’s Program for Real Change from across the Greater Sacramento area that are helping to build a more sustainable community.”

Other groups receiving money include Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento, Center for Land-Based Learning, City Year, Juma Ventures, Junior Achievement of Sacramento Inc., North State Building Industry Foundation, Opening Doors Inc., Pride Industries, Saint John’s Program for Real Change, Shoulder to Shoulder, Sierra College Foundation, Teach for America Inc., University Foundation at Sacramento State, Velocity’s Entrepreneurial Drive and Women’s Empowerment.

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