The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, has awarded a $160,000 challenge grant over two years to The Arc Baltimore to establish a new employment development program, Career Catalyst, that is launching in Hunt Valley, MD.
The Arc Baltimore, which currently supports more than 6,000 Baltimore City and Baltimore County residents with developmental disabilities and their families, recently raised the first $80,000 in matching funds for the initial installment of the grant.
“We are most appreciative of The Weinberg Foundation’s generosity,” says Doug McQuade, Assistant Executive Director of Employment and Day Services at The Arc Baltimore.
“The Arc Baltimore’s Career Catalyst program delivers an innovative approach to employment supports for adults with developmental disabilities through localized, grassroots job development, an intensive job readiness education curriculum and career interest-driven internships,” explains McQuade. “This model is win-win for both the participants seeking viable employment and local businesses in need of dedicated, hard-working employees.”
The sole purpose of The Weinberg Foundation is to assist low-income and vulnerable individuals and families through nonprofit grants to direct-service providers and programs.
About The Arc Baltimore
Dedicated to providing advocacy and high quality, life-changing supports since 1949 in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, The Arc Baltimore supports more than 6,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. As one of the nation's largest and most respected organizations of its kind, The Arc Baltimore is an indispensable resource, providing employment training, residential services, supported employment, and other programs and services. For more information, visit www.thearcbaltimore.org or call 410-296-2272.