February 1, 2020

The new community initiative from Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF), aims to help break the cycle of poverty by providing free job training for in-demand careers.

The Job Skills for New Careers initiative is a collaborative partnership with Community Services League, Herndon Career Center, Mid-Continent Public Library and University of Central Missouri (UCM).

“We believe these organizations bring unique assets to the table and by working together, we can help people get connected to the trainings and resources they need to get on the path to a better job and a brighter future,” said Phil Hanson, president and CEO of Truman Heartland Community Foundation.

Through this initiative, Community Services League will match applicants with financial counseling, community resources through Mid-Continent Public Library and opportunities for free trainings available through Herndon Career Center and UCM in fields that pay living wages and are in high demand in the region, including healthcare, other medical fields and skilled industrial trades.

Truman Heartland is hosting two informational sessions leading up to the launch of the first cohort in March. People interested in applying for job training are encouraged to attend one of these sessions. The first session will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Mid-Continent Public Library – South Independence Branch, 13700 East 35th St S, Independence, MO 64055. The second will be on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Mid-Continent Public Library – North Independence Branch, 317 US-24, Independence, MO 64050. These events are free to attend and open to the public. Children’s programming will be offered concurrently with both informational sessions.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the first cohort planned to launch in March. Visit newskills.cslcares.org to learn more and to apply for job training and support through the Job Skills for New Careers initiative.

Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF) is a public charity committed to improving area communities by promoting and serving private giving for the public good. Founded in 1982, Truman Heartland serves the region with assets of more than $54 million and annual grants surpassing $4.8 million. Truman Heartland serves individuals who, through their private giving, wish to support the public good and help them do it in the most tax-wise and effective manner. Through the Community Foundation, donors can set up their own family foundations, scholarship funds, field of interest funds, endowment funds, charitable gift annuities and many other charitable vehicles, which utilize shared resources of the foundation to maximize the impact of their philanthropic dollars. In addition to donor services, the Community Foundation provides asset development for nonprofit organizations, awards grants to nonprofits, assists organizations in planned giving and serves as a leader in addressing community issues. For more information on charitable giving, visit www.thcf.org or call THCF at 816-836-8189.