Greenwich House joined a new workforce initiative – the West Side Work Coalition (WSWC) – aimed at increasing employment opportunities for West Side residents in Manhattan.
Led New York City Council Member Erik Bottcher, in collaboration with Hudson Guild and the New York City Employment and Training Coalition, this partnership brings together government entities, job readiness providers, community-based organizations, philanthropic groups, and businesses of all sizes. The mission is to connect local talent with immediate employment opportunities while concurrently developing innovative training programs for future jobs.
Greenwich House is committed to building a robust neighborhood employer network that effectively meets hiring needs by providing specialized job training and digital literacy courses to help New Yorkers develop in-demand job skills. Greenwich House received a $20,000 grant from the KeyBank Foundation to offer a 25-participant OSHA certification program with full wrap-around support for residents of the NYCHA Elliott-Chelsea and NYCHA Fulton Houses, marking the WSWC’s first initiative. Upon completion of the week-long OSHA training program at the Greenwich House Lifelong Skills & Opportunity Center, participants will be able to secure apprenticeships, job placement, and advanced educational opportunities in the construction and maintenance industries.
“We are deeply honored to partner with Councilman Erik Bottcher, Hudson Guild, the NYCETC, local employers, and other funding and service partners in launching this transformative initiative,” said Darren Bloch, CEO and Executive Director of Greenwich House. “When we launched our Lifelong Opportunity and Skills Center last year the aim was to find and foster exactly these types of collaborations, that bridge the gap between potential and opportunity. Beyond the launch of this coalition, we are thrilled to highlight this public-private partnership with Hudson Guild, NYCHA, Greenwich House and KeyBank Foundation, which will literally help equip dozens of community members with essential skills and training, we will open doors to good jobs now and future-looking careers.”
About the Greenwich House Lifelong Skills and Opportunity Center
The Greenwich House Lifelong Skills and Opportunity Center is a first-of-its-kind workforce space offering free personalized job training and skill-building programs for community members accessing recovery, behavioral health, and older adult services. Services include resume assistance, job search support, skill-building courses, and employer partnerships. One-on-One support is available for benefits screenings, job counseling, and financial planning. The Center also features a computer lab for printing, scanning, and technical support.
About KeyBank Foundation
KeyBank Foundation is a nonprofit charitable foundation, funded by KeyCorp, KeyBank National Association (“KeyBank”), and their affiliates. KeyBank Foundation, through its civic programs, corporate contributions, and volunteerism supports organizations and programs that foster economic self-sufficiency, principally in locations where the company operates. Grants primarily fund programs that enhance economic self-sufficiency within our strategic priorities of financial education, workforce development, and diversity.