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.
Aug 24, 2012
In 2007 Vicki Rainey was ready to turn her life around. Rainey, who in her twenties and thirties had developed a serious drug addiction, had recently been released from prison after receiving a four-year sentence. Then 45 years-old, Rainey wanted to work, and she wanted to be reunited with her children… learn More about Finding dignity through work
Aug 24, 2012
Like many states across the country, Delaware has been hard hit by the lingering global economic downturn. Those seeking employment have been especially impacted in a state where unemployment has gone from less than 4 percent in 2000 to more than 9 percent in 2010… learn More about Meeting a challenge one job at a time in Delaware
Chicago's Mercy Housing Lakefront builds safe, vibrant,healthy communities bydeveloping 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 bydeveloping 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
*As of 9/18/2012. Total funding amount includes National Partners.