San Francisco Chronicle – Retail giant Walmart has given a $1.35 million grant for job training to Swords to Plowshares, the San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps former members of the military transition into civilian life and specializes in helping homeless veterans.
Swords is using the money to expand job training programs for military veterans up and down the state, including those at the Jewish Vocational Services in Los Angeles and the U.S. Veterans Initiative in Riverside, and to give those programs technical assistance.
“The idea is to try new tactics in terms of outreach and targeting current-era veterans who are under-served,” said Swords Policy Director Amy Fairweather. “We want to not just do job training, but training for careers that are high paying, such as in the utility and high-tech industries.”
The grant comes from the Walmart Foundation as part of its commitment to disburse $40 million to veterans programs around the country by 2019 to help veterans with job training, education and other transitional needs as they move into the civilian workforce.
“Veterans bring invaluable skills including leadership, commitment and hard work, which make our workforce even stronger,” Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and a Navy veteran, said in a statement announcing Swords’ grant.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, June 12, 2014, by Kevin Fagan