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COMMUNITY MENTORING TEAM Receives a $75,000 Grant from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation
Funds will grow Union apprenticeships and workforce development programs
Boston, MA – February 9, 2023 – Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce a $75,000 grant awarded to the Community Mentoring Team (CMT) of Roxbury. CMT will use the funds to grow their union trade apprenticeships and workforce development programs for young people of color in Greater Boston area communities, including Brockton, Lynn, and Randolph. Through mentorships and community partnerships, CMT aims to close the racial wealth gap and drive economic security by enabling careers in the trade industries.
“Our foundation is honored to support CMT’s work that is so deeply rooted in a passion for giving back and empowering an underserved community,” said Andrea Borowiecki, Vice President of Charitable Giving & Community Engagement at Rockland Trust. “Through union trade apprenticeships and workforce development programs, CMT provides the right resources and opportunities for young people of color throughout Greater Boston to pursue meaningful careers and fulfill their tremendous potential.”
The CMT apprenticeship model matches mentees with mentors who provide career guidance and support services such as career exploration, personal engagement, and industry test preparation. Additionally, CMT provides mentees with financial assistance for occupational classes and exams. To assist with career opportunities, CMT partners with 20 building and construction trades councils. With the Rockland Trust grant support, CMT will welcome new mentees into their program over the next three years.
“The entire CMT community is most grateful for this generous grant from Rockland Trust,” noted William Moran, Founder & CEO of CMT. “These much-needed funds will go a long way in helping to ensure that our apprentices have the support they need to become union certified with good-paying jobs. Getting to the certification finish line is not a sprint, but a marathon and Rockland Trust has demonstrated that they are with us for the long haul in helping to close the wealth gap in Boston’s Black communities.”
About Community Mentoring Team
Founded in 2018, the Community Mentoring Team (CMT) is a workforce development and mentorship nonprofit program for Boston’s Black community. Through strategic and innovative partnerships with developers, contractors, labor unions, government officials, and community leaders, CMT provides career development, opportunities, tools, and construction linkages that fuel economic equity. Visit Community Mentoring Team. Follow Us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
About Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation's mission is to strengthen the communities served by the Bank. We enable individuals and their families to access opportunity and improve the quality of their lives. To date, the Foundation has distributed more than $20 million in grants to qualified non-profit organizations in the communities served by Rockland Trust. For information about the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, please visit www.RocklandTrust.com/CharitableGiving.
Pictured in photo from left to right: Melvin Tutiven, Vice President, Jamaica Plain Branch Manager at Rockland Trust; Alastair Ironside, Chief Marketing Officer at Rockland Trust; Andrea Borowiecki, Vice President of Charitable Giving & Community Engagement at Rockland Trust; Robert Lewis, Community Mentoring Team Mentor; Bill Moran, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Community Mentoring Team; Christopher Oddleifson, Former Chief Executive Officer at Rockland Trust ; Greg Burgess, Community Mentoring Team Mentor.
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GAINS FOR DIVERSITY IN CONSTRUCTION JOBS
VIDEO: IBEW Local 103, Boston NECA and Community Mentoring Team (CMT) members Michael Seldon, Michael Dorsey, and Keilan Jackson speak to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and how it's Changing Lives.
COMMUNITY MENTORING TEAM HONORS MENTEES
Apprentices with IBEW Local 103 to be Recognized
Boston, MA – June 22, 2022 — The Community Mentoring Team, expanding economic opportunities for young Black Bostonians, today announced that it will celebrate CMT Mentees participating in the electrician apprenticeship program with IBEW Local 103. This group of young people will be recognized for having completed orientation and training for acceptance into the apprenticeship program, which prepares them for union licensing. The event honoring these apprentices will be hosted by IBEW Local 103 at their headquarters in Dorchester on June 30, 2022.
“Community Mentoring Team is dedicated to enabling a self-sustaining Black community, and Local 103’s apprenticeship program will help expand job and economic opportunities for young people of color in Boston,” said Bill Moran, founder and CEO of Community Mentoring Team. “Local 103’s commitment to training and licensing a workforce is instrumental in building Boston’s future.”
“Our apprenticeship program with the Community Mentoring Team is a win-win for our union and the communities in which we live, work, and raise our families,” noted Lou Antonellis, Business Manager/Financial Secretary at IBEW, Local 103. “Partnering with CMT helps advance our mission to provide Greater Boston developers with the best trained, most efficient, and safest electricians and telecommunications specialists while fostering our Union's values of economic fairness, equal opportunity, and charitable giving. We’re thrilled to welcome this new class of CMT Mentees to Local 103.”
Local 103 is part of the Community Mentoring Team’s growing specialty trades partner network, which includes the National Electrical Contractors Association, Empower DEI for Boston’s minority and women-owned electrical contractors, Local 17 sheet metal workers, and Local 550 for sprinkler fitters and apprentices.
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CENTER CREATE'S OPPORTUNITIES FOR BOSTON’S BLACK COMMUNITY
Winthrop Center is committed to our innovative partnership with Bill Moran & (CMT) Community Mentoring Team who is breaking ground, increasing diversity and inclusion, and creating a significant impact on workforce opportunities for Boston’s Black community.
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