The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has granted $75,000 to FutureMakers Coalition/Southwest Florida Community Foundation, which serves as the backbone organization for FutureMakers Coalition. “The pandemic has magnified the historical inequalities faced by people of color and demonstrated a heightened need for workforce training and reskilling in underserved communities,” said Gerri Moll, Southwest Florida market president for Bank of America. “By supporting organizations like FutureMakers Coalition, we are aiming for positive change, helping provide critical services and programs to families that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.” More than 60% of the jobs in Florida will require a credential beyond a high school diploma by the year 2025. Regional data also illustrates the equity imperative in FutureMakers’ work, as education and workforce achievement gaps are reinforced by policies, practices, and beliefs that perpetuate inequitable outcomes for people of color, particularly Black, Latinx, and Hispanic people. Bank of America’s grant will be used by the coalition to add additional team resources that increase their programs. A portion of the funds will be utilized to develop career pathways resources to assist traditional-age students as well as adults wishing to re-skill or upskill in identifying needed competencies, training programs and degree programs aligned with careers in Southwest Florida. For more information, visit futuremakerscoalition.com
There’s a good reason to get moving no matter where you are this weekend and safely stay socially distant as well. This Saturday, Dec.12, is the 2020 Lee Heart Walk Digital Experience. You can still register
for the walk and join the activities in the Facebook event
. Ways to get moving are featured now in the online platform and Celebration Saturday videos and activities begin at 8 a.m. The Lee Heart Walk is chaired by B&I Contractors Inc. President and CEO Gary Griffin. The funds raised from the Lee Heart Walk go toward research, advocacy, CPR training and promoting better health. Visit heart.org
to learn more.