Organization will use funding to help America’s service members obtain 21st century green jobs
March 11, 2011,WASHINGTON, DC —Today, the Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit organization focusing its resources on helping veterans transition to civilian careers, awards $500,000 in grants to five organizations working to train, educate and place returning service members and wounded warriors back in the workforce. Veterans Green Jobs was named among the organizations that will receive a grant of $100,000. View the YouTube video!
The announcement comes on the heels of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) yearly Veterans’ Employment Summary, which was released today. According to the new report from BLS, there are currently more than one million veterans who are out of work in the country. The problem is worst for the youngest veterans between the ages of 18-24. Male veterans in that age range experience an unemployment rate of 21.9 percent, and women in the same age range experience an unemployment rate of 15.3 percent.
“It is a great honor to support these organizations that are training and placing our military men and women in 21st century careers,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, Inc. “For those who give selflessly to defend our freedom, we must continue to increase the public’s awareness of this problem, and we must work together with businesses around the country to find our heroes fulfilling and sustainable jobs.”
The grant awarded to Veterans Green Jobs, a non-profit that provides employment and training for veterans in the green sector, will go specifically towards helping fund their Green Force career program. The grant will allow the program to link veterans with employers who have committed to hiring service members with a variety of job skills and will provide assistance to veterans transitioning into sustainable civilian careers.
William Doe, Chief Executive Officer of Veterans Green Jobs said, “We are actively engaged in developing staff and infrastructure for a full-suite Outreach, Recruitment and Placement (ORP) Program to serve veterans seeking employment in the green sector. Veterans Green Jobs will be able to network with employers to develop job needs and skill sets that are required for each position.” Doe added, “The Call of Duty Endowment funding will greatly assist us in the initial development of this program.”
Activision Blizzard, Inc., the worldwide online and console video game publisher and producer of the Call of Duty® video game, established the Call of Duty Endowment. It has delivered more than $500,000 in grants and scholarships to assist veterans gain new careers in the civilian workforce. This past November, Activision committed another $1 million to the Endowment and pledged to find 1,000 jobs for veterans.
To learn more about fighting veterans’ unemployment and the grants announced today, visit www.callofdutyendowment.org
About The Call of Duty Endowment
The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit, public benefit corporation created by Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI). The organization seeks to help soldiers transitioning to civilian life find work and establish careers and to assist organizations that provide job placement and training. For more information about The Call of Duty Endowment, please visit www.callofdutyendowment.org.
About Veterans Green Jobs
Veterans Green Jobs is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 to connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that serve our communities and environment. For more information about Veterans Green Jobs, please visit www.veteransgreenjobs.org.
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