Supporting Economic Self-Sufficiency
Hard-working Americans know it often takes specialized training to keep up with the changing face of 21st-century jobs. If you want to succeed in today's economy, you need to be well equipped. These stories showcase people striving to improve themselves, and the organizations helping them acquire the skills that are in demand. We're proud to support them through lending, investing and volunteering, because education and employment are integral to the long-term stability of communities everywhere.
Chicago’s Mercy Housing Lakefront Builds Safe, Vibrant, Healthy Communities by Developing Affordable Housing
Aug 23, 2012
In Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood in the 1980s, housing options for low-income residents were rapidly disappearing. Many of the older single-occupancy hotels were being torn down… learn More about Chicago’s Mercy Housing Lakefront Builds Safe, Vibrant, Healthy Communities by Developing Affordable Housing
Aug 01, 2012
Mott Haven in the South Bronx is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country, with unemployment at almost 30%. But a relatively modest amount of funding —under $2000—from Citizens Committee for NYC has helped create a community garden on Saint Ann’s Avenue that’s bringing neighbors together and helping revitalize the community… learn More about Citizens Committee for NYC Provides Micro-grants to Neighborhood Groups to Create Parks and Gardens
Aug 07, 2012
Grand Canyon University (GCU) had been serving students in Phoenix since 1951. But in 2004 GCU, a private, nonprofit university faced a crisis: it was $20 million in debt and about to close its doors after more than half a century… learn More about A Campus Revitalizes Phoenix’s West Side
Jul 06, 2012
Although one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S., Boston deals with the same urban challenges as any other metropolitan area. In certain neighborhoods where families struggle financially and youth routinely confront the hazards of gangs and drugs, programs like Artists For Humanity stand as beacons of opportunity. Rather than “disadvantaged” youth, Artists For Humanity Executive Director Susan Rodgerson views these young men and women as “under-resourced,” meaning that with the right support and encouragement, they can create their own future… learn More about Fostering Opportunity with Creativity in Boston
Jul 06, 2012
In Elizabeth, New Jersey, local teens face the negative externalities of any inner-city community – drugs, violence, teen pregnancy, and lack of positive role models and career opportunities. Yet, in the midst of these challenges, Trinitas Regional Medical Center (Trinitas) is bringing hope to these teens and inspiring the next generation of medical professionals… learn More about Inspiring the Next Generation of Medical Professionals in New Jersey
*As of 9/18/2012. Total funding amount includes National Partners.