Workforce Investment Board wins funds for veterans
The Walmart Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board for “Close the Gap” Veterans Services. Walmart funding will be used to support occupational skills training for veterans who are not eligible for any other veteran-targeted federal or state job training. The ValleyWorks Career Center in Lawrence will operate the program through its Local Veterans Employment Representatives. Services will take place over the next nine months.
The Merrimack Valley has an above average number of very disadvantaged veterans. In 2011, Merrimack Valley veterans between the ages of 20 and 24 had an average unemployment rate of 30 percent.
The MVWIB/VWCC served nearly 1,000 veterans in fiscal year 2012, and is on course to surpass that number in fiscal 2013.
The MVWIB serves employers and workers across the Merrimack Valley and Greater Newburyport. Visit www.mvwib.org for more.
Newburyport Bank awards $88,000
The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and its Charitable Foundation awarded more than $88,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit community organizations during the fourth quarter of 2012.
Grant recipients include Greater Newburyport Opportunity Works, Amesbury Education Foundation, Gulf of Main Institute/Newburyport, Newburyport Literary Association, River Valley Charter School, Plum Island Taxpayers Association, The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport, Pettengill House, Our Neighbors’ Table, The Boston Fellows and Salvation Army of Newburyport.
Barnes joins Newburyport podiatry practice
Dr. Angela M. Barnes has become an associate podiatrist at Dr. DiResta and Associates podiatry practice at the Forrester Street Professional Building in Newburyport and she has joined the active medical staff at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.
Barnes is a graduate of the Kent State University School of Podiatric Medicine in Ohio. During her medical school training, she served as a delegate for the student chapter of the American Association for Women Podiatrists and was also a student tutor for anatomy and pathology. She was a recipient of the prestigious North Central Academy Scholarship in 2004 and 2005. Prior to beginning her studies in podiatric medicine, she studied biology at the Indianapolis University Purdue University.