Pinellas County, FL – Since October 2016, CareerSource Pinellas’ Veteran Services program staff have served nearly 400 veterans with significant barriers to employment. Thanks to Duke Energy and Tampa Bay Rays $10,000 Victories for Veterans grant those services now include funding for support services and additional employability skills workshops.
A dedicated team of CareerSource Pinellas staff provide priority employment services at the career centers as well as partner agencies throughout the County. These services include resume assistance, job referrals, job training, transportation, work clothes, and other items necessary to remove barriers to a Veterans sustained employment.
“The grant cards provided me with the funds I needed to purchase 2 uniforms that I was required to have as well as fuel needed for my commute to the 3 day orientation in Tampa prior to my starting at my permanent work location here in St. Petersburg,” says Loretta Sims. “I would not have been able to accept this position without having the funds for those things. I am extremely grateful and I love my new job!”
For every game the Rays won during the 2016 season, the Duke Energy Foundation committed to contribute $1,000 to charities that support veterans in our community. The funding requests were so impactful; Duke Energy went above and beyond and is investing $90,600 in 10 area non-profits through the Victories for Veterans program.
To learn more about CareerSource Pinellas’ services for veterans, please visit www.careersourcepinellas.com or stop by one of career centers located throughout Pinellas County to speak with a full-time staff member trained and dedicated to helping all eligible, qualified veterans in their career goals.
About CareerSource Pinellas
CareerSource Pinellas establishes workforce development and training policies for Pinellas County. For more information on our valuable, no cost resources for businesses and job seekers, please visit www.careersourcepinellas.com.
About the Duke Energy Foundation
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