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JOIN Funding Collaborative Connects Philadelphia Workers to Living-Wage Green, Healthcare Jobs
Date:6/1/2009

PHILADELPHIA, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN) today announced new grants totaling $850,000 for initiatives that will qualify more of the region's underemployed workers and new job seekers for living-wage jobs in the "green" and health care industries. JOIN, a regional funding collaborative founded in 2008, will invest at least $2.7 million to increase the number of workers in the Greater Philadelphia area who earn family-sustaining wages.

Living Cities, an innovative philanthropic collaborative of 21 of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions, awarded JOIN a grant of $250,000 for an initiative to prepare low-skilled job seekers for employment in the clean energy sector. This pilot project, under the leadership of one of JOIN's founding partners, the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, brings together the Smart Energy Initiative of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Federation of Neighborhood Centers and three of its member agencies (Diversified Community Services, Friends Neighborhood Guild, and United Communities Southeast Philadelphia), and the City of Philadelphia to ensure low-skilled adults have access to well-paying jobs and advancement opportunities in this emerging industry. Specifically, the grant will support the development and implementation of a coordinated infrastructure to assess new and marginally employed Philadelphia workers and connect them to pipelines for advancement in green jobs. Grant activities begin in May 2009, and will continue through August 2010.

JOIN has awarded $300,000 over three years to each of two Industry Partnerships, The Pennsylvania Partnership for Direct Care Workers, managed by the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, and the Delaware County Health Care Employers Consortium, managed by Pathways PA. The grants will fund initiatives to qualify unemployed adults and workers in low-skill, low-wage j
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