BRIDGEPORT, CT -- Career Resources, Inc. has been named a 2017 Neighborhood Builder® by Bank of America. The nonprofit is being recognized for its holistic, integrated approach to helping area residents gain and retain employment. The Neighborhood Builders (#NeighborhoodBuilders) grant will provide Career Resources, Inc. with a unique combination of leadership development, $200,000 in flexible funding, involvement in a network of peer organizations across the U.S. and the opportunity to access capital in order to expand their impact in the Southern Connecticut community.
TORINGTON, CT -- One of the most exciting initiatives we have undertaken this year is the Boston Federal Reserve Working Cities Challenge. The City of Torrington and the Chamber are the co-leads. It features a competition for three year grant funds in ten selected postindustrial cities in Connecticut.
HARTFORD, CT -- Hartford Generation Work has announced the inaugural class of the Workforce Leaders Academy (WLA). The WLA is a 12-month fellowship designed to improve the quantity, quality and sustainability of efforts to move young adults ages 18-29 to work. WLA is a project of Hartford Generation Work, in collaboration with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Capital Workforce Partners, the City of Hartford and Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. WLA is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation with additional support by the Nutmeg Foundation and Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford.
MIDDLETOWN, CT -- Middletown received a $15,000 design grant to develop a plan to improve the lives of low-income Middletown residents by decreasing poverty rates among single heads of household with children under 18, hoping to reduce our current rate of 41 percent to our goal of 25 percent over the next 10 years. Since March, a collaborative team led by Middlesex United Way, The Connection and the city of Middletown, representatives from over 30 other organizations and businesses and Middletown residents have been meeting monthly to develop a plan to achieve this goal, and in turn, improve the lives of low-income residents.
HARTFORD, CT -- Connecticut manufacturers have said they are struggling to find skilled labor both for a growing number of existing positions and to replenish a workforce from which baby boomers ar