Workforce Solutions Borderplex receives Female Empowerment Grant from Bank of America

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) announced Thursday that the organization has been awarded $50,000 in grant funding from Bank of America. 

“Workforce Solutions Borderplex is honored to receive continued funding from Bank of America.  This grant will allow us to address the many issues women unfortunatey still have to deal with in the workforce,” said Leila Melendez, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex.  “Bank of America recognizes that their support is critical in helping women become and stay successful while keeping them competitive for the future.”

WSB officials share that the funds will be applied to programs developed to aid more women entering traditionally male-dominated roles and industries.  This falls under the vision of the new WSB committee ‘W.E. At Work: Women’s Equality is a work in progress.’

The evolving group, serves to combat the challenges women face with wage equality, lack of leadership representation and access to education.

The W.E. at Work committee, comprised of the following women, has plans to build membership in the coming months.  Chairing the committee is Bianca Cervantes.  Committee members include  Leila H. Melendez, Alma Aranda, Karina Castillo, and Janell Valles.

“At Bank of America, we’re committed to the communities we live and work in,” said Kristi Marcum, El Paso Market President for Bank of America. “As we strive to make El Paso a better home for all, part of that mission must include advancing women in the workforce, and this grant is dedicated to making that vision a reality. We’re proud to name WSB as our Neighborhood Champion for this year, and excited to see how our support furthers their critical efforts in the El Paso community.”

The Neighborhood Champions program is invitation-only for nonprofits who are poised to take their work to the next level. Leading members of the community participated in a collaborative selection process to identify this year’s awardee.

Examples of the topics for the virtual leadership training awarded include human capital management, increasing financial sustainability, and storytelling.

One of the many ongoing initiatives of the W.E. At Work is a program specific to the Bank of America grant called Nailed It which is a paid handywomen training series.  The organization is seeking interested participants for their first cohort in late March. They are encouraged to fill out the pre-screen application via this link.

For more information on Bank of America’s commitment to community leaders like Workforce Solutions Borderplex and other participants in the Neighborhood Champions program, click here.