Local job readiness nonprofit makes plea for funds

by: Natalie Pasquarella Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

A local nonprofit is making an urgent plea to the public as it faces a funding shortage.

Jacob's Ladder Job Center provides job training for the unemployed in Charlotte.

Adults learn about resume building and interviewing skills as part of a four-week job readiness program at the job center in Plaza Midwood.

“We really take them through a rigorous program to get them job-ready,” said Executive Director Holly Cummings.

The program, which helps the unemployed find jobs, is now at risk of closing because of a lack of funds -- $200,000, to be exact.

“We need that funding to help springboard us back to a place of self-sufficiency,” Cummings said.

Cummings is the new executive director, hired just three months ago. She said leadership there changed three times in the past nine months, and the center missed out on key fundraising and grant opportunities.

“We saw things slip through the cracks, some funding opportunities that otherwise would have helped to keep us afloat,” Cummings said.

It's upsetting to hear for students like Asante Anderson. He's hoping to run his own business one day, and said Jacob's Ladder has helped him grow.

“What Jacob's Ladder has taught me is how to shake off some cobwebs and stand strong and go out here and develop and show how to use my skills,” Anderson said.

The center is asking for community donations. If they don't raise the funds by Aug. 15, their doors could close.

It’s something none of the students want to see happen.

“I feel that it would be a wise investment to allow this program to become a mainstay in the community so that people can benefit from what it has to offer,” Jewel Craig said.

You can learn more or make donations to Jacob's Ladder Job Center here.