The John Merck Fund's Job Opportunities Program was eliminated at the end of 2009. See below for a recent history of grants made in that program.
To offer enhanced services and programs to Vermont Women's Business Center alumnae.
Coastal Enterprises Inc.$40,000
To provide comprehensive business assistance to low-income women in Maine's rim counties.
To foster entrepreneurial activities within Maine Native American communities.
To provide support, peer networking and technical assistance to at least 60 farmers engaged in small-scale, ecologically-oriented businesses.
To provide ex-offenders with legal assistance in overcoming barriers to employment and housing.
To help 120 formerly incarcerated young adults aged 18 to 24 reintegrate into society and the workforce.
To help Boston high school graduates who are planning professional careers in the financial services sector enter and succeed in college.
To provide training for formerly incarcerated individuals that will lead to well-paying, skilled-labor jobs.
To provide general support for Common Ground Community, in honor of 2008 Sparkplug Award winner Rosanne Haggerty.
To train participants for employment in the food sector, and to increase Community Servings' capacity to feed the critically ill.
Crittenton Women's Union$40,000
To create clear and attainable pathways for low-income women to become economically independent.
To enable young people from low-income families to find employment, advance towards self-sufficiency and achieve financial security.
In partnership with Home Care for Maine, to develop a career advancement pilot for personal support specialists that will encourage worker retention and job satisfaction.
To implement a pre-apprenticeship training program for women emerging from the Western Massachusetts Women's Regional Correctional Center.
To initiate an advanced restaurant training and placement program for immigrant and US-born restaurant workers in Maine.
To provide general support, in honor of Rosanne Haggerty, winner of the 2008 Sparkplug Award.
To train and place Boston ex-offenders in jobs, and help ten ex-offender graduates enroll in post-secondary education.
Vermont Works for Women$50,000
To ensure the modular home building program's smooth transition to the St. Albans Correctional Facility, and to pilot a transitional jobs program for women recently released from prison.