CHICAGO, June 24 -- The McCormick Foundation has announced $800,000 in funding through Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation fund, that will help 24 local agencies provide a broad range of employment and training services to help individuals succeed in the workplace. Through partnerships with media outlets, such as the Chicago Tribune, the McCormick Foundation continues Robert R. McCormick's legacy of service by encouraging local giving, inspiring civic involvement and addressing human needs.

"These economic times are especially hard on individuals without the skills to successfully compete for a job," said David D. Hiller, president and CEO of the McCormick Foundation.

"Through the generosity of many Chicagoans, a lot of people will now have access to the training they need to get and keep a job."

The 2010 workforce development grants will be awarded to agencies providing high-quality services in the following program areas:

-- Advocacy / Technical Assistance: $255,000 to 6 agencies providing
research on best practices, training direct service providers,
promoting change in the workforce delivery system or advocating for
increased public funding for programs.
-- Bridge Programs: $150,000 to 5 agencies providing training programs
for adults who lack the basic skills to enter and succeed in
post-secondary education programs. Bridge programs create career-path
employment opportunities that combine education and training for
adults who have reading and math skills below the 9th grade level.
-- Job Training and Economic Development (JTED): $235,000 to 9 agencies
providing training programs based in community organizations that are
developed in partnership with local businesses or industries. JTED
programs serve low-income job seekers and help participants build
skill related to growth industries that pay a living wage and provide
opportunity for advancement. JTED programs include skill training that
leads to a certificate or license.
-- Transitional Jobs Programs: $160,000 to 4 agencies providing training
programs that offer real work experience, supportive services and
earned income for the chronically unemployed. Program participants
have significant barriers to employment, including criminal records,
histories of homelessness, limited English proficiency, long-term
welfare dependence and education below the 6th grade level.


Since 1987, Chicago Tribune Charities has committed more than $9.4 million to support community-based vocational and employment programs for Chicagoans in poverty. To donate today to Chicago Tribune Charities, go to www.mccormickfoundation.org/NetCommunity/CTC/donate. For more information about Chicago Tribune Charities, go to www.mccormickfoundation.org/NetCommunity/CTC.

Below is the complete listing of the 2010 Chicago Tribune Charities workforce development grants. All the organizations are in Chicagoland area:

Advocacy / Technical Assistance
1. Center for Labor and Community Research $25,000
For the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance
Council, a public/private effort
advocating to increase Chicago's high-
performance manufacturing jobs for low-
income populations.
2. Chicago Jobs Council $90,000
For general support.
3. Chicago Workforce Investment Council $25,000
For general support.
4. Literacy Works $15,000
For the Employ Lit program, which trains
workforce development agency staff on how
to work with low-literate adults in job
readiness programs.
5. Safer Foundation $25,000
For the Policy and Advocacy program, which
addresses administrative and legislative
barriers that prevent formerly-
incarcerated individuals from attaining
employment.
6. Women Employed $75,000
For general support.
Total $255,000

Bridge Programs
7. Association House of Chicago $20,000
For the Vocational Bridge Academy program,
providing employment, adult education, and
industry sector training to low-income
individuals.
8. Breaking Ground $20,000
For the Green Deconstruction Development
program, which provides subsidized
employment, job readiness and computer
skills classes to formerly-incarcerated
individuals in North Lawndale.
9. Erie Neighborhood House. $20,000
For Pathways to Success, a career pathway
bridge program in healthcare and
manufacturing, for low- income adults
with limited English proficiency and work
skills.
10. Institute for Latino Progress
(Instituto del Progreso Latino) $50,000
For Healthy For Carreras en Salud, a career
pathways program into the health care
industry for low- income clients with
limited English proficiency.
11. National Able Network, Inc. $40,000
For the Able Career Institute, providing
remedial education, bridge education, and
basic computer literacy to its clients.
Total $150,000

Job Training and Economic Development
12. Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation $15,000
For the Oliver's Kitchen program, providing
unemployed and under-employed individuals
with culinary arts training and job
placement services.
13. Chinese American Service League, Inc. $20,000
For the Chef Training program, which
provides kitchen training, employment
skills development, ESL tutoring, and job
placement assistance to low-income
residents with limited work experience and
skills.
14. Greater West Town Community
Development Project $50,000
For the Vocational Job Training and
Placement program, providing occupational
training and job placement services in
Woodworking and Shipping/Receiving.
15. Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation $25,000
For general support.
16. Jane Addams Resource Corporation $20,000
For the Careers in Manufacturing Program,
which provides dislocated workers with
technical skills training in metal
fabricating.
17. National Latino Education Institute $35,000
For the Workforce Development Initiatives,
providing job training and placement
services in health care and customer
service.
18. OAI, Inc. $15,000
For Minority Worker Training-Chicago
program, providing hazardous materials/
environmental remediation, and basic
constructions skills to residents on the
west and south sides of Chicago.
19. Polish American Association $35,000
For the Employment Services and Vocational
Training program, providing career
counseling, job training, and support
services for those interested in the
health care industry.
20. Upwardly Global $20,000
For general support.
Total $235,000

Transitional Jobs Programs
21. Cara Program $55,000
For the Traditional Job Training and
Placement program, providing homeless and
formerly- incarcerated individuals with
life skills, job readiness training, and
employment opportunities.
22. Chicago House and Social Service
Agency $25,000
For the iFOUR Employment program, which
provides job readiness training, paid
internships and job placements in the food
industry for low-income people impacted
by HIV/AIDS.
23. Harborquest, Inc. $35,000
For the Member Services program, providing
job readiness training, subsidized work
experience, and unsubsidized job
placements for chronically unemployed
individuals.
24. North Lawndale Employment Network $45,000
For the U-Turn Permitted program, which
provides an intensive job preparation
curriculum, transitional jobs, and
placement support to formerly-
incarcerated adults.
Total $160,000

2010 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS GRAND
TOTAL $800,000


About the McCormick Foundation and Chicago Tribune Charities


The McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening our free, democratic society by investing in our children, communities and country. It was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, who believed that philanthropy and service to others strengthens the civic health of our communities. The Foundation is one of the nation's largest charities, with more than $1 billion in assets.

The McCormick Foundation continues McCormick's legacy by partnering with media outlets, such as the Chicago Tribune, and sports teams across the country, to encourage local giving, inspire civic involvement and address human needs.

Through this unique partnership, Chicago Tribune and the McCormick Foundation raise and distribute funds across Chicagoland through Chicago Tribune Charities. All donations are matched by the McCormick Foundation at 50 cents on the dollar, increasing the impact of the gift. The Foundation and Chicago Tribune pay all campaign and administrative costs, ensuring that 100 percent of all donations, plus the match, is granted to local nonprofit agencies with programs that support disadvantaged people in the community.

To learn more about the McCormick Foundation visit www.McCormickFoundation.org.

Source: McCormick Foundation

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