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March 5, 2015

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Goodwill nets grant to help area veterans find work

Goodwill of Southern Nevada received a $350,000 grant from Nevada Women’s Philanthropy to establish a program to help local veterans and their spouses find jobs.

A Nevada Women’s Philanthropy press release said Goodwill expects to have its Veteran Integration Program running within the next 30 days. The program will include three full-time career specialists who have military backgrounds, and is estimated to help 400 veterans find work within its first two years. The grant will help pay the initiative’s startup cost.

“We can't think of a better way to honor those who served our country than to help them find work, especially in this challenging economy. Right now, roughly one out of every seven veterans in Nevada is unemployed," said Steve Chartrand, president & CEO of Goodwill of Southern Nevada in the release. "Helping someone find a job is truly life changing, and we are grateful to Nevada Women's Philanthropy for providing seed funding to develop this much-needed program in our community.”

Helping Hands of Vegas Valley and James Seastrand Helping Hands of North Las Vegas also received a $30,000 Founder’s Gift.

Since Nevada Women’s Philanthropy was founded in 2006, it has given $2.5 million in grants to various Las Vegas Valley organizations that address the needs and issues of the valley.

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