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Community Foundation awards $60,000 to 11 Lower Shore nonprofits for workforce development programs

A total of $60,000 will benefit 11 local nonprofits who recently received grants through The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s Workforce Development Grant program. The program supports professional development and certification, work readiness, and training programs.

The Workforce Development Grant Program was created in 2014 with a bequest from the late Dr. Gladys Martha Allen who committed her gift to creating accessibility of education and workforce training.

Grants for the 2019 program were awarded to the following eligible organizations:

  • Del-Mar-Va Council Boy Scouts of America was awarded $6,000 for their co-ed Exploring Program, which provides opportunities for youth to learn from experts in various career fields.

  • Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center was awarded $5,000 for a program that introduces high school students to health-related careers through first-hand lessons and simulations.

  • Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake was awarded $5,000 to provide credentialing courses for the retail, business, and hospitality fields.

  • IPPS Mentoring Program was awarded $5,258 for a program that helps inmates at Eastern Correctional Institute become certified to work in wastewater treatment.

  • Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore was awarded $7,500 for JA Inspire, a high school program that helps students explore and develop potential career paths.

  • Lower Shore Enterprises was awarded $5,000 to hire a subject matter expert to facilitate the transition from a sheltered workshop to an “employment first” model.

  • Pemberton Elementary School was awarded $7,500 to provide school-wide professional development for teachers to facilitate better communication in classrooms.

  • Pocomoke High School was awarded $4,242 for a program that teaches students carpentry skills while engaging in service-learning projects within Pocomoke City.

  • Salisbury University Foundation was awarded $6,000 to cover costs for graduating teachers to obtain the certification needed for employment on the Eastern Shore.

  • Telamon Corporation was awarded $2,500 to provide staff and volunteer training in becoming an evidence-based organization and developing impactful partnerships.

  • Wicomico County Board of Education was awarded $6,000 to provide a work-based internship program to students attending Wicomico Evening High School.


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