Roca, Inc. announced this week that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.
The grant will go towards Roca’s Young Mothers Workforce Development Project, a job-training program for 100 young mothers who are at risk for long-term negative adult outcomes such as unemployment, justice system-involvement, and long-term poverty. With the grant, the program will provide these women with the job skills and certifications needed to enter the labor force, retain employment, and gain economic dependence.
“We are honored and grateful to receive Walmart’s generous support for Roca’s Young Mothers Workforce Development Project,” said Rosie Munoz, director of Young Mothers Programming at Roca. “Walmart’s investment in this program is an investment in multiple generations of young people who, without Roca’s help, would otherwise remain disengaged from the economy. On behalf of Roca, we extend sincere thanks to Walmart for its support and leadership on issues affecting young women and families from urban communities.”
“We are proud to support Roca and its commitment to improving the lives of our state’s young people,” said Chris Buchannan, Walmart Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations. “Young people show time and again that with support and resources such as those provided by Roca, they are eager to succeed. Roca’s program will not only impact those young women’s lives, but will make their families and communities as a whole stronger, and we thank them for their hard work.”
Representatives of the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program in Massachusetts officially presented the grant to Roca this week.
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.