Challenge Grant, Program Grant and Industry Partners Jump-Start the Campaign
To help break the cycle of low-wage earnings and get more people into careers that have long-term growth opportunities, Goodwill recently launched a campaign to establish the Regional Center for Building and Construction Trades (RCBCT) in Richmond.
The RCBCT will combine the instructional expertise of the Community College Workforce Alliance (a partnership of John Tyler and Reynolds community colleges) with Goodwill’s workforce development services to help students earn credentials in high-demand construction industry trades.
Goodwill needs to raise $250,000 to renovate a building on its South Richmond campus and turn it into a hands-on learning lab for training in trades such as HVAC, electrical and plumbing.
To jump-start the fundraising for capital needs, the Kenneth and Leslie Montero Fund at the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond issued a $25,000 challenge grant. When Goodwill raises $25,000 from other sources by Dec. 31, the challenge grant will meet the match, dollar-per-dollar.
W.M. Jordan Company will serve as in-kind construction project manager, and is coordinating with other construction industry supporters to renovate the building this fall.
Robins Foundation provided a generous grant for $125,000 for program support, which will help Goodwill provide services to 75 students when the Center opens in early 2020. Goodwill is seeking additional funding so that the RCBCT can serve 150 to 200 students per year.
To learn more about the RCBCT, watch this three-minute video.
Goodwill is hosting an informational session on Oct. 11 for construction industry professionals who want to be part of a solution to the region’s shortage of skilled tradespeople. To learn more about the project or the informational session, contact Ashleigh Moody, Goodwill’s director of resource development, at 804-278-7520.