Wells Fargo Bank Representative Site Visit

Wells Fargo Bank Representative Site Visit
October 29, 2018

Project ARRIBA staff met with Jerry Romero, Corporate Philanthropy & Community Relations, Vanessa Cooksey, Community Relations Senior Manager and Molly Porter, Community Relations Leader. Discussion centered around Project ARRIBA’s workforce development efforts over the years and the impact it has had on our community. Program BSN graduate Claudia Romo shared her testimonial with the group. Claudia was a recipient of the JRP Endowment Fund and was served by the 2017 Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT grant. Since 1999, Wells Fargo Bank has been a great supporter and has invested almost $410,000.

About the Wells Fargo Bank—Neighborhood LIFT®

The Neighborhood LIFT® program is a collaborative effort between Wells Fargo, the Wells Fargo Foundation, local non-profit organizations, and the NeighborWorks America, a national non-profit organization to help revitalize neighborhoods. The NeighborhoodLIFT® program provides support for economic and workforce development, health and wellness and housing rehabilitation. On June 21, 2017, Wells Fargo & Company announced a total of $500,000 in donations to four local nonprofits identified in collaboration with the former City of El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser. Project ARRIBA was one of the non-profits selected to participate in this local initiative with a total award of $125,000.

This funding will enable Project ARRIBA in its LIFTing El Pasoans project to meet local hospital demand for four-year degree nurses by training 70 nurses at the University of Texas at El Paso, graduating a minimum of 22 nurses during the one-year grant, and job placing 20 participants at local hospitals. Job-placed graduates will move from poverty into careers that will pay family sustaining, living wages, earning on average over $48,000/year.

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