The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, has awarded a $160,000 challenge grant over two years to The Arc Baltimore to establish a new employment development program, Career Catalyst, which is launching in Hunt Valley.
The Arc Baltimore, which supports more than 6,000 Baltimore City and Baltimore County residents with developmental disabilities and their families, recently raised the first $80,000 in matching funds for the initial installment of the grant.
“We are most appreciative of the Weinberg Foundation’s generosity,” said Doug McQuade, assistant executive director of employment and day services at The Arc Baltimore.
“The Arc Baltimore’s Career Catalyst program delivers an innovative approach to employment support for adults with developmental disabilities through localized, grassroots job development, an intensive job-readiness education curriculum and career interest-driven internships,” said McQuade. “This model is win-win for both the participants seeking viable employment and local businesses in need of dedicated, hard-working employees.”
The sole purpose of the Weinberg Foundation is to assist low-income and vulnerable individuals and families through nonprofit grants to direct-service providers and programs.