Easter Seals Dixon Center receives $1 million dollar grant from PwC Foundation to support military transition assistance programs

23 Feb, 2016, 07:00 ET from Easter Seals Dixon Center

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. is providing a $1.2 million, four-year grant to Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services. This grant will support Easter Seals Dixon Center's efforts in assisting service members who are nearing the end of their military service make successful career transitions prior to their separation from the military.

The Foundation's investment in Easter Seals Dixon Center will help expand programming to seven military installations across the nation, impacting thousands of veterans and their families participating in employment training and credentialing, as well as information regarding community resources. The grant and investment in Easter Seals Dixon Center's unique collaboration with the Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) and ABF Freight will assist in eliminating major barriers in transition and aims to ultimately increase quality of life for veterans and their families.

"The PwC Charitable Foundation is focused on grant making that can have a profound effect on underserved populations and I'm proud that this includes our active duty military service members, veterans and their families who have sacrificed for our country," said Frank Gaudio, trustee and veterans' liaison for the PwC Charitable Foundation. "Investing in Easter Seals Dixon Center's unique approach of supporting veterans before they exit the military is one way the PwC Charitable Foundation is enabling a path for job training and placement for veterans transitioning into civilian life."

Easter Seals Dixon Center, along with their partners, will utilize the grant by changing the conversation about veterans and military families, highlighting their potential and creating life changing opportunities. Since 2014, Easter Seals Dixon Center has directly supported thousands of veterans and military families through workforce development programs. Their work directly ties back to PwC Foundation's goal of supporting veterans transition into the civilian workforce and professional development.

"Our collaboration with PwC Charitable Foundation is different because it supports service members before they exit the military and provides a clear path for quality of life. We assist transitioning veterans and military families, as they go through the TMAP for one of the biggest changes they face-- coming home," said Col. David W. Sutherland, U.S. Army (Ret.), and Chairman Easter Seals Dixon Center. "PwC Charitable Foundation's investment will empower Easter Seals Dixon Center and its partners at ABF Freight and the TMAP to expand new programs to seven military installations, with a goal of providing thousands of new veterans with this vital training and ultimate employment."

This grant is part of a larger investment by the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. and supports its mission to aid U.S. veterans and military families. This investment is part of PwC's more than $5 million in strategic investments specifically designed to support US veterans and children of military families.

About The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc.
People are at the heart of the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc.'s mission and theories of change. The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. supports and scales the work of innovative organizations, social entrepreneurs and courageous leaders who are transforming education, empowering veterans and military families, inspiring social entrepreneurship and responding rapidly in times of natural disasters and other tragic events. The Foundation also supports the people of PwC in times of unexpected financial hardship and celebrates them in times of remembrance and achievement. Learn more at http://www.pwccharitablefoundation.org/

About Easter Seals Dixon Center
Easter Seals Military and Veterans Services are represented nationally by the work of Easter Seals Dixon Center (ESDC)—a team, a shared facility and an entity that provides leadership, best practices, research, support and training focusing on veterans and military families' quality of life. We believe our veterans and military families can succeed where they live. Our mission is to ensure that's possible in every community. We work to break down barriers, drive a new conversation about the potential of our veterans, engage organizations and communities, and connect veterans and military families with what they need for meaningful employment, education and overall wellness. Our national credibility and community-based reach – through 74 affiliates across all 50 States – provide an unmatched, accessible resource and support for veterans and military families. Learn more at www.eastersealsdixoncenter.org

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