Smithfield Foods, Inc. recently announced a $300,000 grant donation to the Hampton Roads Workforce Council (HRWC). The grant will support the HRWC’s new Veterans Employment Center in Newport News, which will provide veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses the resources and coaching needed to return to civilian life.
HRWC is a nonprofit organization that develops workforce policy and initiatives in Southeastern Virginia. The Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center will offer comprehensive support for military service members seeking new civilian careers. Smithfield Foods’ donation will help contribute to the center’s on-site hiring support, office hours with dedicated professionals for career consultation and direct access to employment opportunities in the region, including open positions at Smithfield Foods.
“As an American food company, we believe in supporting the men and women who have served our country and are confident that this center will provide incredible opportunities for military veterans and their spouses,” said Keira Lombardo, chief administrative officer at Smithfield Foods, in a press release. “Beyond our funding, we look forward to partnering with the Center to share employment opportunities at Smithfield with veterans in our area to help them make the transition from military to civilian life.”