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During the 2013 Pearls & Cufflinks Gala, the Clara White Mission was pleased to announce that the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has given the CWM a $10,000 grant through its Workforce Development and Education initiative. This will be used in support of the Mission’s White Harvest Farms vocational training program and farmer’s market.
White Harvest Farms is located on a reclaimed Brownsfield site in northwest Jacksonville, and will function as the newest track of the Mission's successful vocational training program. To date, more than 700 formerly homeless students have completed Clara White’s state-licensed vocational training and more than 60 percent of those placed in employment remain in the local workforce. White Harvest is being developed as an urban farm, farmer's market and vocational training program targeting residents of an extensive food desert community, within which 60 percent of the population suffers low access to fresh and healthful foods. Participants, comprised of residents from the targeted community, will receive instruction in the agricultural and mechanical elements of farming, and become the labor force and vendors for the farm/farmer's market which will generate large-scale, healthful food production, and establish a direct distribution channel between growers/vendors, and food desert consumers, while contributing to the physical and economic health of the community.
"Bank of America is proud to support the Clara White Mission in furthering its job training programs for Jacksonville’s at-risk individuals," said Greg Smith, Northeast Florida market president, Bank of America. "Helping members of our community obtain the education and training they need for 21st century jobs is critical to Jacksonville’s economic growth.”
As a part of its Workforce Development initiative, Bank of America funds programs that address job readiness for unemployed and underemployed individuals for livable wage jobs and providing employment opportunities for the chronically unemployed.