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Rochester Business Journal
December 20, 2016

The Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative is benefitting from a $250,000 donation from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program.

The funds will go toward the new adult mentoring programs launching in 2017 and intended to help those in poverty set goals, find good jobs and overcome barriers to financial independence, officials said. The money also will help parents of young children by providing early childhood development services focusing on health education and school readiness.

“The Walmart Foundation’s generosity is fueling our capability to support the Rochester and Monroe County region with critical strategies and services that will affect hundreds of local people directly and will benefit thousands of family and community members in the process,” said Fran Weisberg, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., which oversees RMAPI, an effort involving a coalition of local agencies.

“By bringing together a diverse coalition of community and faith-based groups as well as partners in local and state government, United Way has developed a truly groundbreaking strategy to lift people out of poverty. Walmart is thrilled to be a partner in this effort,” said Jason Klipa, Walmart’s director of public affairs and government relations.

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