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The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently donated $5,000 to Literacy for Life, a local nonprofit dedicated to improving adult literacy skills.
The grant will be put toward programs that will “improve the lives of unemployed and underemployed adults in the Williamsburg area,” according to a recent news release.
“While our economy continues to improve, low-and middle-income residents and young people are still struggling to find jobs due to the skills divide and the need for job training and post-secondary education,” said Charlie Henderson, Hampton Roads market president for Bank of America. “We are pleased to support Literacy for Life’s community literacy program to help Williamsburg-area residents secure gainful employment.”
Low literacy is a significant hurdle to finding and keeping employment according to Literacy for Life. The organization helps more than 700 adults in the community each year to eliminate that barrier and gain the skills necessary to read and complete a job application, read safety regulations and employee handbooks, and even understand their own paychecks.
“It is because of the generosity and commitment of companies such as Bank of America and their Workforce Development and Education Grants that Literacy for Life can work to improve the lives of those who live and work in the community,” said Literacy for Life Executive Director Joan Peterson.