Opportunity Inc. Receives 2017 Neighborhood Builders® Award from Bank of America

by Ryan Miller

Opportunity Inc., Hampton Roads' Workforce Development Board, was named a 2017 Neighborhood Builders® award recipient by Bank of America. Opportunity Inc. will use the award's $200,000 grant to support its Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center.

Bank of America's Neighborhood Builders® program is the largest philanthropic investment in nonprofit leadership development in the nation, investing $220 million in nearly 1,000 nonprofits and nearly 2,000 nonprofit leaders in 45 U.S. communities. The award, which combines leadership training with a $200,000 unrestricted grant, recognizes high-performing nonprofits that have made a significant impact in their communities through the promotion of economic stability and maximizing financial opportunities.

Opportunity Inc.'s new Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center provides individual assistance to military veterans and their families making the transition into the civilian workforce. Services include work skills assessments, employability plan development, case management, job search assistance, employment workshops and seminars, and employer-specific hiring events.

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