United Way of King County is pleased to announce a major grant from KeyBank as the nonprofit organization works to end homelessness in King County. KeyBank is investing $150,000 in United Way’s Jobs Connect program, which connects people who are experiencing homelessness and looking for work with employers looking to fill vacant positions.
Last year, Jobs Connect connected more than 2,200 people to permanent part-time and full time positions, allowing those experiencing homelessness to earn income that can help them get into housing and pay rent. KeyBank’s commitment to Jobs Connect means that United Way can continue to scale the program and help even more people find work.
“Helping others realize their full potential is critical to their success and instrumental in building and maintaining a vibrant economy,” said KeyBank Seattle President Carol K. Nelson, in announcing the grant. “Philanthropy is part of KeyBank’s DNA. Our funding priorities at KeyBank make up four pillars: neighbors, workforce, education and service, and this program squarely addresses these issues with proven success in helping build stronger communities.”
Jobs Connect has grown tenfold since the pilot in Spring 2016. From one outreach and job training provider connecting 163 people to jobs, United Way is now working with ten providers, including Casa Latina, YouthCare, Millionair Club and FareStart. “Jobs Connect is an incredible program,” says Angela Stowell, CEO of FareStart. “It allows us to provide robust culinary training so that people can get meaningful work in the food services industry. Without Jobs Connect, FareStart wouldn’t be able to offer training or expertise to as many clients.”
– United Way