Living Classrooms Awarded Bank of America Grant

August 6, 2013

Living Classrooms Foundation Awarded Bank of America Grant Living Classrooms’ Project SERVE program was selected for addressing local workforce development and education needs BALTIMORE, MD – The Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced $231,000 in grants to 14 nonprofits in the Baltimore-area to help connect the unemployed, underemployed, veterans, youth and those with disabilities to training and employment opportunities. “Supporting nonprofit organizations that connect people to jobs and skills is part of our efforts to help improve the financial lives of individuals and customers in the communities we serve,” said David Millman, Maryland and Baltimore market president, Bank of America. “A trained workforce ensures we remain competitive in an increasingly complex and competitive global economy and strengthens the economic health of the Baltimore community.” Living Classrooms Foundation will use the grant to support Project SERVE, a comprehensive job-training initiative for low income unemployed adults in Baltimore who are primarily ex-offenders. The major goals of SERVE are to decrease the overall crime rate in Baltimore City by decreasing recidivism rates; positively impact communities with direct services; provide workforce development; increase education and service-learning opportunities; help keep city neighborhoods clean and safe by decreasing environmental hazards and risks to public safety, and; help provide housing renovations for low-income residents. Our staff provides ongoing support to aid individuals in adjusting and returning to the community. Participants in Project SERVE spend 4-6 months in the program, where they conduct community revitalization projects while learning marketable work skills, professionalism, problem-solving, and social-skills training, and then transition into employment where they receive job retention support and aftercare from a Living Classrooms case manager for three years following their exit from the program. Living Classrooms funds the training and support services for Project SERVE participants through grants from a variety of supporting businesses and foundations. Grants are also being awarded to: Anne Arundel Community College, BioTechnical Institute, Bon Secours of Maryland, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, Caroline Center, Center for Urban Families, Civic Works, The Community College of Baltimore County, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Humanim Inc., Maryland Food Bank, Maryland New Directions, and Village Learning Place Inc. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is awarding more than $22 million in grants to more than 1,050 nonprofits that support workforce development and education initiatives. According to estimates provided by grant recipients, the funding will enable community organizations to reach nearly 9 million people, match over 115,000 youth with mentors, and help around 27,000 students graduate with a degree or certification. The grants focus on low- and moderate-income communities that have been hardest hit in the economic downturn. The funding is part of the company’s intensified philanthropic focus on three core issues vital to the economic health of communities: housing, jobs and hunger and represents an important component of Bank of America’s commitment to making communities better places in which to live and do business.