All Hands Raised named Bank of America Neighborhood Builder

The Oregon Employment Department projects that over ten years, more than 13,500 jobs in the fields of construction and manufacturing will be available across Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties. Yet the pathways to those careers are not always clear — and local career-technical education programs have not recovered from past cuts.

All Hands Raised, a nonprofit based in Portland, is mobilizing the community to help ensure young people are connected with high-demand and well-paying careers in the trades.

Bank of America recognizes All Hands Raised’s work addressing this issue and the organization's broad commitment to education, equity and excellence from birth to career by naming them the 2018 Neighborhood Builder. Through the Neighborhood Builders program, the bank provides one Portland-area nonprofit each year with a unique combination of leadership training, $200,000 in flexible funding, volunteer support and a network of peer organizations across the country.

All Hands Raised is using the investment to expand its work to strengthen “Pathways to Construction & Manufacturing Careers” in partnership with six area high schools that collectively serve 12,000 students. After two years of concentrated effort, the investment will allow the programing to grow substantially.

“This $200,000 investment will strengthen our ability to create opportunities among our youth for long-term employment in living-wage careers, which is good for our kids and for our local economy,” said Dan Ryan, CEO of All Hands Raised. “We’re pleased that Bank of America is so invested in helping close the gap between high schools, training programs and industry — all while increasing options for students beyond just traditional four-year colleges, the military or low-paying service jobs.”

This $200,000 investment will strengthen our ability to create opportunities among our youth for long-term employment in living-wage careers, which is good for our kids and for our local economy.

Dan Ryan
CEO of All Hands Raised

“We recognize the critical role that local nonprofits play to build pathways to economic progress in the Portland community. Through Neighborhood Builders, we connect nonprofits like All Hands Raised to the funding and leadership development resources they need to further scale their impact,” said Roger Hinshaw, Bank of America’s market president in Oregon and Southwest Washington. “All Hands Raised does extraordinary work, so I am very pleased that we’re able to bring forward this support at a particularly strategic time.”

Since the Neighborhood Builder program’s beginning 14 years ago, Bank of America has invested more than $220 million in nearly 1,000 nonprofits and 2,000 leaders across 45 U.S. communities, including Portland — and the program has been recognized as the nation’s largest philanthropic investment in nonprofit leadership development.

9/14/2018

 

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