The of Columbia, Maryland, has announced the winners of this year's Chase Manhattan Foundation Awards for Excellence in Workforce Development. The awards, which range from $2,500 to $25,000, honor organizations that are helping individuals formerly on welfare to obtain quality jobs and move out of poverty.
The top three awards went to New York City-based Wildcat Services Corporation, for its Private Industry Partnership program; Binding Together Inc., also from New York; and Jewish Vocational Services, in San Francisco.
The Enterprise Foundation instituted the annual program earlier this year to honor organizations for outstanding job placement and retention services for hard-to-serve populations. The program, which is funded by the Chase Manhattan Foundation, a part of the newly merged JPMorgan Chase, is open to community-based nonprofit organizations, housing authorities, and Native American tribes/tribally designated housing entities serving clients with low income and employment barriers.