Irvine, CA, January 7, 2019
Vicki Greenleaf, Greenleaf and Associates
With a shared vision of supporting veterans and their families, Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) has once again been selected in 2018 to receive a charitable grant from The Boeing Company, which invests in new or accelerated partnerships with non-profit organizations around the globe that improve STEM education, enrich local communities and offer transition and health services for veterans and their families.
The $75,000 grant will help fund ESSC’s Bob Hope Veterans Support Program, to which Boeing has donated a total of $255,000 since 2015.
This is the fourth year that ESSC has been selected as an awardee as Boeing surpasses more than $50 million in grants to more than 500 nonprofit organizations across the globe. The investment builds on the company’s commitment to enhance and contribute to the social fabric of our world and is geared towards programs that develop tomorrow’s innovators through investments in 21st-century skills and supports military veterans and their families transitioning into the civilian workforce. At a local and regional level, Boeing grant dollars vary by location and focus on addressing unique challenges in the communities where their employees live and work.
ESSC’s Bob Hope Veterans Support Program provides one-on-one employment services, as well as referrals to other resources, to meet the unique needs of military personnel and veterans transitioning out of the military into a civilian job, starting their own small business or pursuing higher education. Since launching in 2014, the program has served more 1,300 veterans and their families with employment support and referrals to other resources, placing more than 710 into civilian positions and 105 pursuing education degrees. Free to veterans, who do not need to have a disability to participate, the program was launched with a generous seed grant from The Bob Hope Legacy.
Said Mark Whitley, president & CEO of ESSC, “We are grateful for the ongoing support of Boeing through its generous annual global giving campaign, which helps Easterseals Southern California and the Bob Hope Veterans Support Program to provide much-needed support and resources for even more local veterans who have bravely served our country, allowing us to serve them and give them the hand they need to successfully transition back into civilian life."
“Our support of veterans and military personnel goes beyond Boeing products and services to include investment and engagement with military families and communities,” said Mark Bertrand, vice president, Boeing Capital Corporation. “As a board member, I get to witness firsthand how this partnership between ESSC and Boeing allows for veterans and their families to thrive in their communities long after service, and that is what is important.”
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About Easterseals Southern California: For 100 years, Easterseals has been an indispensable resource for individuals with developmental disabilities or other special needs and their families. The services provided by Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties – make profound and positive differences in people's lives every day, helping them address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals so that they can live, learn, work and play in our communities. With 2,700 employees, 60+ service sites and hundreds of community partnership locations, ESSC assists more than 10,000 people, providing adult/senior day services; autism therapy; child development/early education; employment services, veteran employment support; independent living options; and more. At Easterseals, 88% of our income is spent on services. Join us in changing the way the world defines and views disabilities.
About ESSC’s Bob Hope Veterans Support Program: The Bob Hope Veterans Support Program provides one-on-one employment services, as well as referrals to other resources, to meet the unique needs of military personnel and veterans transitioning out of the military into a civilian job, starting their own small business or pursuing higher education. Since launching in 2014, the program has served more than 1,200 veterans and families with employment support and referrals to other resources, to date placing 675 into civilian positions and 90 completing educational degrees. Free to veterans, who do not need to have a disability to participate, the program was launched to serve the San Diego area – later expanded to include Orange County — with a generous seed grant from The Bob Hope Legacy. Visit us online.
About the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation and The Bob Hope Legacy: The Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, which includes The Bob Hope Legacy, supports organizations that bring HOPE to those in need and those who served to protect our nation consistent with the legacy of Bob Hope, a world-class entertainer and humanitarian. To date, The Bob Hope Legacy has donated more than $2 million dollars in support of Easterseals’ military and veteran services.