Piedmont Virginia Community College announced today that the college has been awarded a Community Impact Grant from United Bank for its Network2Work program.

The $10,000 grant provided by United Bank’s Charlottesville Market will support the Network2Work program that connects job seekers to the skills and resources they need to become valued employees and helps employers find the quality employees they need for their companies. The program is a partnership between PVCC and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“We are fortunate to have in our community quality employers, motivated job-seekers and generous donors, like United Bank,” said Ridge Schuyler, PVCC Dean of Community Self-Sufficiency Programs. “Together, we can address the sad fact that nearly one out of every five families in our region (17%) don’t earn enough income to meet their basic needs and the costs associated with working—childcare and transportation. With the support provided by United Bank, we can connect those families with jobs that allow them to reach their potential.”

United Bank’s Charlottesville Market developed the Community Impact Grant program to make a larger impact within the Charlottesville community. “This initiative gave United the opportunity to further deepen our impact in the Charlottesville community beyond providing bank services,” said Robert Wood, Charlottesville Market President. The competitive grant program enabled United Bank to identify programs or projects in alignment with the bank’s community focus areas that could benefit the most from grant funding.

To be eligible, organizations had to demonstrate a primary mission or project focused on developing affordable housing for low- to moderate-income individuals or families; providing services to low- to moderate-income individuals or families; supporting small business; or revitalizing or stabilizing low- to moderate- or distressed communities through job retention or creation.

United Bank presented the grant funds, totaling $18,000, to the selected organizations – Network2Work, Virginia Discovery Museum and Jefferson Area Child Health Project – at the bank’s Celebration of Community Services event held at Farmington Country Club on June 27, 2018. This was the first such grant program created and launched throughout the entire bank’s footprint.

To learn more about PVCC’s Network2Work program, visit www.pvcc.edu/network2work.