PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY FOR THE VETERAN COMMUNITY
Walmart strives to make a positive impact on the communities we serve. Whether it's through supporting thousands of organizations that share our mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, we are passionate about helping others. Walmart is grateful for the sacrifice veterans have made and considers it an honor to help support programs that help veterans and military families. Walmart and The Walmart Foundation have committed support to a trusted network of nonprofit partners to assist veterans and their families with employment services, job training and education.
In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $20 million by 2015 to support veterans and their families with assistance from programs that provide job training, transition help and education. After delivering on this commitment one year ahead of schedule in 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation renewed their commitment, announcing an additional $20 million through 2019 to support veteran job training, education and innovative public/private community-based initiatives that address the challenges many veterans face with reintegration.
Below is a sampling of the organizations that Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to partner with and support.
Goodwill Industries International
The Walmart Foundation awarded $1 million to support three Goodwill® headquarter agencies through Goodwill’s Operation: GoodJobs program. The program connected 800 veterans and their families with job training and placement. Due to the success of the pilot program, in 2013 the Walmart Foundation expanded its support of the Operation: GoodJobs program with an additional $5 million grant. Over the three-year grant period, Goodwill will serve more than 4,000 veterans and military families.
Jeramy Dygert and Maria Hernandez
The Walmart Foundation awarded $1 million for Goodwill to expand Operation: Good Jobs, so heroes like Jeramy Dygert can get back to work.
Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University
A $1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) helped kick-off the Welcome Home North Carolina (WHNC) initiative to support a three year pilot to identify new ways in which the non-profit, public and private sectors can better work together to serve veterans.
To further support our veterans, Sam’s Club provided a $450,000 to IVMF for the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) programing. Recognizing the unique challenges female veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs face, IVMF launched the V-WISE program in 2010 in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration. This program is tailored to help this distinguished population navigate the complexities of business ownership.
Swords to Plowshares
The Walmart Foundation made a $750,000 grant to increase job training programs for California veterans, particularly in communities with the highest number of unemployed veterans. Veterans will receive assistance with job training programs in high-growth industries, pre-employment assistance and placement with local employers. The grant will provide assistance to 700 veterans in underserved areas of California.
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program, Inc. (NVOP)
The Walmart Foundation gave $750,000 to establish a new Texas veterans’ program focused on helping Texas veterans, age 34 years old and under, who are unemployed or underemployed. Founded in 1972, the American GI Forum focuses on outreach and employment training. The grant will provide assistance to more than 700 veterans in Texas.
American Red Cross
The Walmart Foundation donated $500,000 to fund Reconnection Workshops. Reconnection Workshops are free, confidential small-group sessions designed to help foster positive reconnections between family members and help service members reintegrate into civilian life.