Bank of America Workforce Development Program
Volunteers gather for a
photo outside the Volunteer Office before heading off to take up
With a $1 million grant from the Bank of America in 2007, the
WMMC Charitable Foundation was able to create the Workforce
Development Program, a multi-faceted effort to provide career
training and education for local residents; skills training for
entry level employees and an opportunity for local high school
and college students to gain valuable skill as Volunteers at
Since that time, more than 700 young people have participated as
White Memorial volunteers, serving in supporting roles in both
clinical and nonclinical areas. For many, the experience is their
first glimpse of a real workplace, providing them a view to
medical professionals and teams collaborating to make critical
decisions, while serving the needs of the people in their own
For many of these youngsters, the experience is life-changing. A
growing core of participants continues voluntary service beyond
the requirements for high school graduation, pursuing larger
responsibilities and learning while continuing their education.
Click here to learn more about the Volunteer Program.
Some have joined the
Bank of America Career Pathway Intern Program, also funded by
B of A; the new program provides for more in depth experience,
including interaction with patients, families and nursing staff
on the patient floors. This experience provides a natural next
step in experiential education, particularly for those interested
in pursuing a career in health care. Participants earn a small
stipend to assist with educational expenses.
Some have been recruited by the hospital to become full time
employees, taking their first steps towards greater
self-reliance, a potential career path, and a productive future.