Walmart Gives Back
During this season of gratitude, Covenant House offers our deepest thanks to the Walmart Foundation for their generous donation of $160,000 in support of our workforce development programs in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. The Walmart Foundation’s gift will allow these two Covenant House sites to prepare more of our youth to obtain and retain employment, a critical step on their journey to independent living.
Covenant House Washington, D.C. is part of an international Covenant House federation comprised of 31 sites in six countries, where homeless and trafficked youth can find emergency shelter and longer-term care. About 2,000 young people sleep in a Covenant House bed each night, and annually, some 80,000 homeless youth are reached with a variety of services, including crisis care, medical attention, education, and workforce development.
Covenant House workforce development programs provide our young people the essential tools and resources they need to thrive in today’s labor market. Youth learn how to complete a job application and write a resume, participate in mock interviews, and identify the steps they need to take to achieve their long-term career goals.
“Covenant House is so grateful for the Walmart Foundation’s support. I can’t overestimate both the immediate and the long-term potential impact of this gift,” said Covenant House President and CEO Kevin Ryan. “The Walmart Foundation’s support will allow more of our kids to be successful in the workforce, and that means that in years to come, fewer of them will end up joining the ranks of the adult homeless. Instead, they will be solidly on the path of independent living.”
The Walmart Foundation’s support of Covenant House’s workforce development programs is a clear sign of the company’s passion and dedication for creating opportunity and building community across locations where their customers and employees live and work.
“With these funds, the Walmart Foundation hopes that Covenant House will be able to expand the positive work that they are doing in local communities," said Jennifer Hoehn, Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations for Walmart. "These funds, combined with the amazing staff and volunteers, will help make a lasting impact on those who need it the most."
About Philanthropy at Walmart:
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit giving.walmart.com