August 5, 2013 – Oshkosh, Wis. – WISCAP member agency ADVOCAP was recently awarded grant funds from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership, which will allow ADVOCAP to provide employment-related training services to refugees and low-income persons in the Oshkosh area. ADVOCAP will receive over $170,000 for two programs that will enable individuals and families to meet basic needs and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
A three-year collaborative grant between ADVOCAP and the Winnebago County Literacy Council will assist 50 refugees annually with employment-related training services including workplace literacy, translation or interpreter services, transportation, and other supports. By improving basic “survival” English language and workplace literacy skills, refugees will have greater opportunity to gain the confidence and jobs skills necessary to become successfully employed and economically self-sufficient.
A second three-year matching grant will allow ADVOCAP to increase the number of participants enrolled in its Skills Enhancement Program. The Skills program offers low-income individuals working at least 20 hours per week the opportunity to access training, education and other supports that will allow them to obtain higher paying jobs with benefits to support themselves and their families. ADVOCAP is seeking partners interested in investing in the Skills Enhancement program.
These grants are supported by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. The Basic Needs Giving Partnership was established in 2007 to address the root causes of poverty in the Fox Valley region. The partnership brings together charitable resources from the U.S. Venture Open, the J.J. Keller Foundation, and other partner donors including community foundations in Appleton, Green Bay and Oshkosh.
Founded in 1966, ADVOCAP’s mission is to create opportunities for people and communities to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency. ADVOCAP is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization serving Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Winnebago counties. For more information about ADVOCAP’s programs or donating to its mission, visit http://advocap.org/ or call 920-922-7760.