We are proud and grateful to announce the following new grants and funding partnerships:
Anonymous Donor/Silicon Valley Community Foundation: An anonymous donor provided a $50,000 unrestricted grant to Opportunity Junction from an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Silicon Valley Community Foundation partners with donors in their shared mission to strengthen the common good, improve quality of life and address the most challenging problems.
Lowell Berry Foundation: A longtime supporter of Opportunity Junction, the Lowell Berry Foundation provided a grant to fund the Administrative Careers Training Program (formerly known as the Job Training and Placement Program). One of the Foundation's goals is to serve Contra Costa County residents by providing a safety net for those in need while focusing on organizations that effectively shape lives and build leaders for tomorrow.
Richmond Community Foundation / Robin Hood: Opportunity Junction was awarded a grant from the Richmond Community Foundation (RCF) to participate in the Mobility Learning and Action Bets-or Mobility LABs-project funded by Robin Hood. The Mobility LABs project seeks to develop new solutions to sustainably lift families out of poverty, and to promote dynamic leaders to change the conversation around social and economic mobility. East Contra Costa County is one of nine pilot communities for initiative.
United Way of the Bay Area: As part of the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! initiative of the United Way of the Bay Area, Opportunity Junction was again awarded a grant so support our Do-It-Yourself Tax Assistance program. The Earn It! Keep It! Save It! mission is to provide free tax preparation service as a tool to help Bay Area residents become financially stable. The program is part of United Way of the Bay Area's strategic initiative to cut local poverty in half.
Walter S Johnson Foundation: Opportunity Junction received a $50,000 grant from the Walter S. Johnson Foundation that will support the Road Map program. The Walter S. Johnson Foundation assists transition-aged foster and other vulnerable youth in Northern California and Nevada to become successful adults. The Foundation seeks to address barriers that prevent vulnerable youth from completing post-secondary education and career and employment training programs.
Westamerica Bank: Westamerica Bank recently awarded a grant to support the Administrative Careers Training Program. The Bank embraces their responsibility to improve the quality of life of the communities they serve.