Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network Receives $125,000 Grant From Newman's Own Foundation

Release Date: 01/15/2013

Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network Receives $125,000 Grant From Newman's Own Foundation

 

The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) has been awarded a $125,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. The grant to CPBN will be used to provide workforce development training to returning veterans who face one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. The award also reflects the ongoing commitment of Newman’s Own Foundation to organizations serving military service personnel, veterans and their families.

 

Jerry Franklin, president and CEO of CPBN, stated, “Although many veterans face unprecedented challenges as they reintegrate back into civilian life, CPBN is committed to making a difference by providing training, certifications and employment placement opportunities.”

 

CPBN's program will launch in February 2013. It will provide education and training workshops as a pathway to receiving certifications in digital media (web and graphic design and video editing) to increase students' academic proficiency with industry software as well as employability skills in an authentic workplace environment.

 

“We are proud of the men and women who have made innumerable sacrifices in service to our country,” said Robert Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “For nearly 20 years, we have been supporting the organizations that help our nation’s troops and their families. This funding is intended to further the impact that our grantees are having in the lives of individuals and families in their time of need.”

 

Paul Newman established the Foundation in 2005, as a means of continuing his pledge to donate to charity all net profits and royalties from the sale of products from Newman’s Own, Inc. Since the food company’s founding in 1982, Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated more than $350 million to thousands of charities worldwide.

 

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