Seven Hills Foundation Gets $50K for Workforce Readiness

December 12, 2019 — Seven Hills Foundation, a Worcester-based nonprofit that provides services to children and adults with disabilities and life challenges, recently announced it was awarded $50,000 from Bank of America to support a workforce readiness and employment program.

Seven Hills Foundation said the grant, payable over two years, will support its ASPiRE! workforce for adults and transition age youth with disabilities, and expansion efforts that include a new Seven Hills Café and a community garden in Worcester.

"Seven Hills ASPiRE! is honored to be the recipient of Bank of America Charitable Foundation's first ever Neighborhood Champions grant awarded to a central Massachusetts organization," said David Jordan, foundation president, quoted in Patch.com. "This generous funding comes at a critical time in our organization as we work to expand inclusive community-based job training and employment opportunities for the people we support.'

The new job training site will also offer opportunities for skill development in the areas of customer interaction, cafe and small-shop operations, healthy food service, responsible agriculture/permaculture, landscaping, and facilities maintenance.

In addition, the grant will provide opportunities for ASPiRE vice president Jay Hayston to participate in a virtual leadership development program where he will engage with and learn from other nonprofit leaders/awardees from around the country.

"Seven Hills Foundation represents the finest of what we look for in a Neighborhood Champion," Edwin Shea, Bank of America's market president for central Massachusetts, was quoted in Patch.com. "They are positively impacting countless individuals and families, and we are looking forward to seeing how this investment helps them make even greater strides."

Seven Hills Foundation currently offers programming at 170 locations throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and employs more than 3,800 professionals. It offers a continuum of support and services to more than 45,000 children and adults with disabilities and life challenges, and another 17,000 women and children in developing countries through 12 affiliate organizations.