We just learned that the People’s United Community Foundation has approved a $10,000 grant to the WorkPath Fund, bringing the total raised in the second round of grant funding to $55,000. That’s great news for Connecticut parents with barriers to employment, since WorkPath makes grants to help remove those barriers — the cost of a license, uniforms, a car repair needed to get to work, immunizations, the first month of child care, utility bills, etc. Other funders this round include the Connecticut Energy Fund ($30,000), the James H. Napier Foundation ($5,000), and the Liberty Bank Foundation ($10,000).
Liberty was a leading force in the launch of the WorkPath Fund in January 2014. Since then, 147 parents have received help from WorkPath to obtain or maintain their employment — enabling them to care for their 238 children. Funds are accessed through the state’s regional American Job Centers.
WorkPath is a collaborative of the Workforce Alliance and the other four Workforce Investment Boards throughout the state; the Connecticut Commission on Children; and Liberty Bank Foundation.