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Newman’s Own Foundation Awards Grants to Seven Nonprofits to Help Female Veterans with Career Development

December 03, 2013

Grants are part of campaign Honoring Those Who Serve

Westport, CT – Newman’s Own Foundation today announced a total of $300,000 in grants awarded to seven nonprofit organizations that help female veterans with career development. The Foundation made its selection following an open application period.

Women veterans are receiving particular focus because they represent an underserved community with critical needs. Women represent the fastest growing segment of the veteran population and experience an unemployment rate 2.5% higher than their male counterparts.1 In addition, women are more likely than men to experience military sexual trauma (MST), suppress post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and assume the caretaker role for young children.

The seven grant recipients operating career programs for female veterans are:

  • Business and Professional Women’s Foundation (Washington, DC) – Through the Joining Forces Mentoring Plus program, women veterans receive unlimited free online career development tools, resources, and confidential guidance from volunteer working women mentors to help them identify and pursue civilian career paths.
  • Every Woman Works (Atlanta, GA) – The Busy Empowering & Educating Veterans Employment Training Services program provides economically-disadvantaged female veterans with the tools necessary to transition from dependency to self-sufficiency in a safe, therapeutic, and supportive environment.
  • Swords to Plowshares (San Francisco, CA) – Women Veterans NetWork is being launched to facilitate a healthy military-civilian transition for female veterans, including wrap-around care to address mental and physical health, mentors, and full-day workforce development retreats.
  • Veterans, Inc. (Worcester, MA) – The Women Veterans Employment & Training program serves female veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, helping to match candidates with jobs through a network of employment partners, and providing veterans with access to online job training and job searches.
  • Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, PA) – Project Journey provides women veterans with emergency resources, including career skills assessment, coaching, resume preparation, networking opportunities, and job placement.
  • Women’s Business Development Center (Chicago, IL) – The Woman Vetrepreneurship Program is a comprehensive entrepreneurial training program that provides women veterans the business/financial education, capital, and support to establish and operate a sustainable small business.
  • Women, Food and Agriculture Network (Story City, IA) – The Iowa Women Farmer Veteran Network project will serve Iowa women veterans interested in farming careers, offering career development workshops, and matching women veterans with mentors.

“There is no greater sacrifice than serving and defending our country,” said Robert Forrester, Newman’s Own Foundation President and CEO. “We aim to provide for the ongoing needs of military personnel and their families, both during deployment and after their return. The Honoring Women Who Serve grants enable nonprofits from across the country to focus on meeting the challenges faced by female veterans.”

These grants are part of a larger Newman’s Own Foundation effort Honoring Those Who Serve. The Foundation has committed $7 million in grants over three years to support United States military men, women, and families. These grants, awarded to more than 50 nonprofit organizations, help military personnel, veterans, and their families successfully manage deployments and the transition from active duty to civilian life. 

1Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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