Umpqua Bank Names Women’s Empowerment Volunteer of the Year

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Umpqua Bank recently named Women’s Empowerment a Connect Volunteer of the Year award winner, which included a $5,000 donation. Women’s Empowerment received the award for its work with Umpqua volunteers. The nonprofit is the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children.

The 2009 Nonprofit of the Year has graduated 1,144 homeless women and their more than 2,500 children. In 2013, 80 percent of graduates found homes and 90 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded solely through private donations from the community. For more information and to donate online, visit www.womens-empowerment.org.