Great news! The Eaton Charitable Fund, the charitable arm of Eaton Corporation, has awarded the YWCA of Asheville a $5,000 grant for our New Choices program. Eaton Corporation is a power management company with 82,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. Mike Keenan, the local HR manager, helped the YWCA secure this grant. “Each year, we contribute approximately $5 million to nonprofit organizations in support of community improvement, education, and arts and cultural programs. The Eaton Charitable Fund oversees the distribution of charitable funds to organizations in communities where Eaton has facilities.”
“We will use the grant from Eaton for ‘Readiness to Work’ support,” says New Choices Director Jenny Sliker. “It costs money to go to work! It costs to have resumes printed, or buy a uniform, or take a drug test. The cost for the NC Certified Nursing Assistant test is $93. Sometimes this little amount of money is what stands between someone and a new job. With Eaton funds, New Choices will be able to do things like buy a uniform for a newly-graduated Nursing Assistant, purchase work boots for a woman going into the non-traditional but high-paying field of construction, or help someone else take the real estate license exam, and dozens of other little incidentals that come with a job search.”
Here are some examples of people who have been empowered by the YWCA’s New Choices program:
Alicia, a divorced single mother of two was working part time at Mission Hospital. In order to go full-time, she needed to complete her CNA certificate. New Choices paid for textbooks and the CNA testing fee. Her children came to the New Choices Drop-In Child Care while she attended school in the evenings. She now has a full-time job with benefits.
Toni moved to Asheville to get away from a bad domestic situation. She needed to complete a medical transcriber certificate, and purchase uniforms in order to work full time. New Choices paid her tuition for training and for her uniforms, and provided occasional Drop-In Child Care while she looked for employment. She now has a full time job at a local medical office.
Megan, a mother of two, who was also going through a divorce, wanted to launch a photography business. New Choices paid tuition for a weekend photography seminar. Through the YWCA’s partnership with Mountain Bizworks, Megan received a small business loan for a professional camera. She met another New Choices participant who was also interested in starting a business. They have set up a partnership to do photography for on-line catalogs.