Easterseals, the renowned disability services provider, has been bestowed with a generous donation of $200,000 from JPMorgan Chase. The philanthropic investment aims to bolster a financial literacy program designed to augment the economic acumen of its workforce program participants, including those with disabilities, veterans, and elderly workers.
A Two-Year Project for Financial Empowerment
This significant contribution will be utilized to fund a two-year project that integrates financial education resources and tools from JPMorgan Chase into Easterseals’ programs. The project is set to commence in 2024 at five Easterseals Affiliates located in Alabama, Indiana, New Jersey, Oregon, and Ohio. A second phase, scheduled for 2025, will introduce the program to five additional affiliates, chosen through a proposal process.
Enhancing Financial Capabilities
The primary objective of this initiative is to empower participants and enhance their financial abilities upon procuring employment. By increasing access to education and resources, the project aims to help individuals achieve an improved quality of life. While the initiative will be implemented across various Easterseals Affiliates, it has a particular focus on programs for job seekers with disabilities, veterans, and mature workers.
Speaking on the occasion, Kendra Davenport, President and CEO of Easterseals, shed light on the significance of financial knowledge for securing meaningful employment and achieving financial stability. Echoing similar sentiments, Courtney Hodapp, Head of Community Engagement at JPMorgan Chase, expressed pride in the collaboration. Hodapp emphasized that the project extends the bank’s ongoing efforts to provide financial education to disability and neurodivergent communities. Celebrating a century of service, Easterseals remains committed to fostering equity, inclusion, and access for people with disabilities, offering services to 1.5 million individuals annually.