Private Sector Leaders Team Up with National Urban League to Restore Cities

August 25, 2016

Takeaways

FedEx and Wells Fargo announce strategic investments in stronger, more resilient cities.

The National Urban League (NUL) is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. At NUL's recent conference in Baltimore, FedEx and Wells Fargo announced multi-million investments in a strategic partnership with the organization to help build stronger and more resilient cities. 

FedEx is investing $1 million as part of its FedEx Cares initiative to build a stronger workforce by creating pathways to meaningful employment for underserved communities. The investment will support workforce development programs for entry level and seasoned job seekers. That will include job training, GED services, internships, professional certifications and services to prepare individuals for long-term employment. Middle and high school students will receive training and development opportunities through Project Ready to prepare them for 21st century jobs and academic enrichment.

FedEx is proud to support the National Urban League on programs that create career pathways and economic empowerment,” said Gina Adams, FedEx corporate vice president of Government Affairs. With an estimated one-third of the U.S. unemployment rate caused by the gap between skills and open jobs, these Urban League programs are critical. FedEx wants to help more people learn the skills they need to succeed in the workplace, and as an employer, we are always working to develop diverse talent in our communities.”

The Wells Fargo partnership directs $1.4 million-plus to urban communities. According to the National Urban League, the benefits will be far reaching and make significant improvements to small businesses, entrepreneurs and homeownership within targeted areas served by Wells Fargo and NUL affiliate offices. The award will also power outreach education and counseling.

Wells Fargo believes that entrepreneurship and homeownership are critical pathways to financial success for our customers, a source of stability in our communities and a key driver of our local and national economies,” said Georgette “GiGi” Dixon, senior vice president at Wells Fargo and director of Strategic Partnerships.