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Governor Wolf Visits United Way of the Capital Region to Discuss Workforce Development and Highlight the Importance of Giving

December 21, 2017

Today, Governor Tom Wolf visited the United Way of the Capital Region for a roundtable discussion with staff, volunteers, and employer partners focused on the organization’s recently established workforce development pilot program.

“Giving back to the community has long been a priority of mine, which is why I donate my entire salary each year,” said Governor Wolf. “Today’s visit was an excellent opportunity to hear about how organizations like the United Way of the Capital Region can turn donations into potential solutions and strategies to address the region’s most pressing needs. We all have a part in tackling the skills gap to ensure that everyone is provided the opportunity to obtain family-sustaining employment.”

The United Way of the Capital Region recently partnered with the community to launch a pilot project focusing on workforce development. The project helps the un- and underemployed obtain jobs where they earn a living wage. This project unique has been developed through the lens of the employer and focuses on guiding an individual through the first year of work, as well as advancements in the workplace. The project includes financial literacy services to help individuals learn how to budget and save for the future.

“Our United Way is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by helping people secure and keep family-sustaining jobs,” said Timothy B. Fatzinger, United Way of the Capital Region president and CEO. “Through training, mentorships, and support of key services like child care and transportation, our community is coming together to move families forward. We’re honored Governor Wolf could share his time to talk about this shared mission for the future of our community.”

Since taking office, Governor Wolf has donated his entire salary to The State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA), an organization through which state employees make charitable donations, directing his donation to United Way organizations and other community groups across Pennsylvania.

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