eBay Foundation Awards Hometown Grant to support the work2future Foundation’s Efforts to End Santa Clara County Homelessness Through Employment
Funds to support the work2future Foundation’s efforts to ensure that the community has the skills needed in today’s job market.
San Jose, CA (January 2, 2015)
The work2future Foundation is pleased announce that we have been selected as a recipient for a 2015 eBay Hometown Grant by the eBay Foundation through a competitive grant application process. This grant will be used to support the work2future Helping Individuals Reenter Employment (HIRE) Program which is connecting the homeless of Santa Clara County with career advising services, vocational training, and access to employment opportunities.
The HIRE Program is designed to provide homeless participants referred from the Santa Clara County General Assistance (GA) program with accelerated job readiness and skills training and access to employment opportunities. Once referred and enrolled at work2future, participants are assigned to a Career Advisor and an Employment Specialist. The HIRE program provides 60 hours of training and access to onsite job recruitments. Our Employment Specialist works with local employers to provide employment opportunities for the program. Upon completion of the training program, participants have standing weekly appointments with both the Career Advisors and Employment Specialists in addition to attending a weekly job club held each Friday. The HIRE Program also provides each participant with supportive services funds which can be used to purchase bus passes, gas cards, interview clothing, uniforms, tools, eyeglasses, some toiletries, and other items that can be used to obtain or retain employment. The eBay Foundation funds will help the work2future Foundation to continue to deliver and also enhance the services offered to the program participants.
To learn more about the work2future Foundation HIRE Program, visit www.work2futurefoundation.org/hire.
About the work2future Foundation
The work2future Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that was founded in 2011 to enhance existing workforce development services for job seekers, including laid off workers and young adults. In 2014, the work2future Foundation began operating work2future’s four America’s Job Centers funded by the federal Workforce Investment Act legislation in 7 cities in Santa Clara County from the San Jose/Campbell area to Gilroy/Morgan Hill, including the unincorporated areas. The work2future Foundation receives Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding via work2future. WIA funds are distributed throughout the United States and are used as the primary source of funding for government job training programs.