OAKLAND, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Three local East Bay organizations whose programs support the working poor have received more than $22,000 in grants from the Strive for Change Foundation (www.striveforchangefoundation.org). The three groups are Opportunity Junction, Cypress Mandela Training Center and WAGES.
“All these organizations are making a life-changing impact on the clients they serve, and we are proud to support their efforts”
Opportunity Junction, based in Antioch and founded in 1999, received $10,000. It provides intensive training programs to low-income adults to help them gain the skills and confidence to support themselves. It is a three-phased technology-focused program that includes training in computer-based business applications, paid internships, and alumni services with 18-months of continued networking support and job-related guidance. (www.opportunityjunction.org)
Cypress Mandela Training Center in Oakland and founded in 1993, received $7,500. This organization provides pre-apprenticeship jobs and life skills training in the construction trades. Cypress Mandela has been in operation since 1993. Every year, trainees complete a rigorous 16-week training process that exposes them to the selection and use of tools, reading blueprints, surveying, computer assisted drawing, and safe construction practices. The program also works to improve student attitudes toward themselves and others by learning personal responsibility, remaining drug free, making better choices, and learning marketable skills. About 80 percent of program applicants are from Oakland and women compose about 20 percent of each class. CMTC has close ties with unions and has a successful record of placing graduates into the construction trades. (www.cypressmandela.org)
WAGES (Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security) in Oakland and founded in 1995, received $5,000. It uses the cooperative business model to help low-income women build worker-owned, environmentally friendly housecleaning businesses. Based in Oakland, WAGES has helped found and “incubate” four eco-friendly housecleaning cooperatives in the Bay Area, including Natural Home Cleaning in Oakland, and is beginning a new coop in the Concord area. (www.wages.org)
“All these organizations are making a life-changing impact on the clients they serve, and we are proud to support their efforts,” said Les Ellis, founder of Strive for Change Foundation.
About Strive for Change Foundation
Strive for Change Foundation is a non-profit fundraising and grant-writing organization in the East Bay that was founded in 2004 to support innovative local programs that help the working poor in the East Bay achieve economic self-sufficiency. The Foundation focuses solely on local, community-based organizations that provide services for the working poor in the East Bay. All overhead costs for Strive for Change Foundation are covered by the Board of Directors, who work pro-bono for the Foundation. As a result, 100 percent of every donation helps fund programs that have proven to be effective. (www.striveforchangefoundation.org)