Highmark Awards $2 Million to Pennsylvania Organizations for Career Development, Job Training

, one of the largest health insurers in the United States, has announced grants totaling $2 million to twenty-five Pennsylvania organizations for career development and job training initiatives.

Awarded through the Highmark Local Workforce Initiative, the grants recognize organizations with a proven ability to make a difference in diverse neighborhoods and for minority populations, individuals with disabilities, veterans, or displaced workers seeking career opportunities and advancements. To better understand where needs in the state are greatest, the foundation worked with union officials, community partners, and workforce development leaders.

The grants will be awarded through donor-advised funds established at the , the , the and the . Grantees include Blind and Vision Rehab and Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Erie County, the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation, and Child Care Information Services.

"We know that there are often barriers that prohibit individuals from obtaining employment, and to create a vibrant and healthy community, individuals need access to sustainable employment," said Dan Onorato, executive vice president and chief of external affairs at Highmark. "Through this program, communities where we do business will have the necessary funding to address this pressing issue."

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