In Case You Missed It: Fifth Third Invests $1 Million into National Urban League Workforce Development Program

Collaborative effort to assist individuals in eight cities earn livable wage
Jul 1, 2021 11:00 AM ET

Earlier this week, Fifth Third Bank, National Association, and the National Urban League announced a new workforce development program that will provide career advancement opportunities through providing upskilling and re-skilling services to under-employed participants over the course of the next two years. This $1 million investment from the Fifth Third Foundation will help individuals across eight selected affiliate Urban League organizations gain meaningful employment and earn a livable wage.

Watch the video above as Kala Gibson, Fifth Third’s head of business banking and chief enterprise corporate social responsibility officer and National Urban League board member and Marc H. Morial, National Urban League President and CEO discuss this collaborative program.

The program will be offered in Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Indianapolis; Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee. The program will provide career counseling services and connect participants to career advancement credentialing and certification opportunities.

Fifth Third’s investment is part of the Bank’s $2.8 billion Accelerating Racial Equality, Equity and Inclusion initiative that was introduced in 2020 with a specific focus on the Bank’s Black employees, customers and communities. The workforce development program directly aligns with the community workstream of the AREEI strategy and demonstrates the Bank’s commitment to social justice and advocacy work that provides greater access to jobs and skills for minority and low-wage workers.

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