Alabama Christian Women’s Job Corps site among 3 receiving grantscomment (0)
October 10, 2013
Alabama’s Lee County Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) in Auburn is one of three sites awarded grants in 2013 from national Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) and its foundation.
Also awarded grants were the CWJC of the Golden Triangle in Starkville, Miss., and the Greater Arlington CWJC in Arlington, Texas.
They will each receive about $1,200 from the CWJC endowment managed by the WMU Foundation.
The Lee County CWJC has ministered the past six years by focusing on life skills and job skills, raising self-esteem and self-confidence.
“We do so much more than just resumés, mock interviews and dressing for success,” said Lynn Bell, board secretary of Lee County CWJC. “We try to help the entire person — mind, body and spirit — and focus on each individual growing spiritually. Some participants have never owned their own Bible before coming to CWJC.”
The Lee County center will use its funds to purchase new computers and printers for students, print recruitment materials and purchase study books to help with GED tutoring, Bell said.
The Auburn center has seen 79 women graduate during the past six years and serves an average of 20 women annually. The center has one paid staff member and utilizes volunteers including 25 local educators who participate weekly, plus community leaders and professionals who commit to single sessions.
Overall there are 159 registered and certified CWJC and Christian Men’s Job Corps (CMJC) sites, and several of these serve participants in multiple locations at satellite sites. Of these sites, 120 offer CWJC, 10 offer CMJC and 29 offer both. In 2012, 11,080 staff and volunteers served approximately 4,250 participants.
According to independentsector.org, the estimated value of volunteer time for 2012 is $22.14 per hour.
With more than 3.7 million volunteer hours served in 2012, CWJC/CMJC had an economic impact of more than $82 million based on this estimate.
Founded by national WMU in 1997, CWJC provides a Christian environment to equip disadvantaged women for life and employment through biblical nourishment. Each participant is paired with a mentor to guide, encourage and keep them accountable.
For more information, visit wmu.com/jobcorps.