The First Niagara Foundation is providing $4,500 in grant funding for the Center for Employment Opportunities Inc. to provide comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions.
The "Green and Healthy Homes Initiative" offers participants access to industry-recognized certificates in OSHA, mold awareness, lead renovation and weatherization. Such training enhances workforce marketability - and increases community resources for environmental safety. The program aims to enhance participants' abilities to rebuild their lives, advance in the workplace and attain economic stability.
"First Niagara is committed to empowering all individuals in our community with the resources necessary to reach their full potential," said Buford Sears, First Niagara regional president, Western New York. "We are proud to work with the Center for Employment Opportunities and support their efforts to boost local employment rates, rebuild lives and create stronger, more diverse and thriving communities."
"We are grateful for the First Niagara Foundation's commitment to the Western New York Community, and welcome their partnership and support of the 'Green and Healthy Homes Initiative,' " said Jeff Conrad, Erie County director of the Center for Employment Opportunities. "Their funding helps our clients gain the skills and confidence needed for a successful transition to stable and productive lives."