Pilar Gonzales, Aaliyah Carney and, Fazilat Iqbal
During the holiday season, almost anyone who loves old movies remembers the famous quote from “It’s A Wonderful Life,” when Clarence the angel tells George that “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”
Opportunity Junction, one of our long-term grantee organizations, has a similar tradition — all year long! Whenever one of their program graduates lands a job, a bell rings! Staff and students alike leave their offices and classroom to gather around a large brass bell in the office and wait for the newly hired person to ring the bell. Some ringers are tentative; some ring with gusto. But the message is resoundingly, happily clear: I GOT A JOB!
In the past year, 98 people got jobs, and 42 more earned raises or received promotions! Because of your support of our Strive for Change Foundation, we can continue our strong funding for this remarkable and life-changing organization (www.opportunityjunction.org). Thank you.