JACKSONVILLE, FL (December 18, 2017) – Today, Operation New Uniform (ONU) announced a partnership with the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, including a matching grant program for corporate and individual gifts. The funds will provide comprehensive services ranging from resume assistance and interview training to mindset and career planning, through Operation New Uniform’s #40EmptyChairs campaign.
Military members transitioning from active duty to civilian life face many challenges when they return home – not the least of which is the ability to obtain high-paying, rewarding career opportunities. Although educated, trained and highly skilled, these veterans often find themselves less competitive in the professional marketplace compared to civilian candidates who have taken a more traditional path.
Since the first Cohort in 2014, ONU has served over 160 Veterans. The programs they go through immerse the Veterans in a positive team environment comprised of successful Veterans, business professionals and accomplished educators, and gives them the tools and resources to secure meaningful careers.
“Our partnership with the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, strengthens the opportunity we offer the North Florida community to rally around its veterans. We are honored Mrs. Weaver selected Operation New Uniform for this generous commitment, which will allow gifts to go farther and more veterans to be served through our #40EmptyChairs campaign. This campaign is dedicated to helping us serve the many veterans, roughly 40 per cohort, that apply for our programs that we are unable to serve due to the lack of funding needed to help them,” said Executive Director Justin Justice.
About The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida: Now in its 53rd year, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida (jaxcf.org) is Florida’s oldest and largest community foundation. The Foundation works to stimulate philanthropy to build a better community- helping donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, helping nonprofit serve the region effectively, and helping people come together to make the community a better place. The Foundation has more than $344 million in assets and has made grants in excess of $410 million since 1964.
About the Delores Barr Weaver Fund: Delores Barr Weaver established this Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida in 2012 to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that do work she has supported over many years and to encourage others to do so as well. Mrs. Weaver has an extraordinary legacy of philanthropy, and she has provided transformative support to dozens of nonprofit organizations that uplift, enlighten and advance our community. Her establishment of the Delores Barr Weaver Fund ($50 million) in 2012 was the largest gift in the Community Foundation’s history.
About Operation New Uniform: ONU is a Jacksonville-based non-profit, leading the way in addressing veterans’ challenges upon entering the civilian workforce. ONU focuses on changing strategies, growing confidence, gaining skills and getting results. ONU offers training and development programs, resources and professional networks in the relentless pursuit of the professional success of the veterans they serve. To find out more about #40EmptyChairs, visit www.OperationNewUniform.org.