Kevin Plank’s Foundation Makes $100,000 Donation to Turnaround Tuesday’s Workforce Development Programming

| December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Plank Family Foundation Release: 

The Plank Family Foundation, the charitable organization of Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin A. Plank, announced a $100,000 gift for Turnaround Tuesday to support its workforce development programming. 

Turnaround Tuesday gathers Baltimore City residents every Tuesday at two different sites to prepare returning, unemployed, and underemployed citizens to reenter the workforce and take an active role in transforming their communities. The $100,000 gift from the Plank Family Foundation demonstrates a local commitment that will allow the organization to apply for national funding that could leverage hundreds of thousands of dollars to place nearly 1,400 Baltimoreans in living-wage jobs over the next five years, doubling the current capacity of the program. 

“In this season of giving, we are reminded of how important it is to give back, especially to our fellow Baltimoreans. That is why the Plank Family Foundation is proud to support Turnaround Tuesday,” said Tom Geddes, CEO of Plank Industries. “This investment is part of the Plank Family Foundation’s commitment to investing in workforce development programming that delivers actual jobs, in addition to job training. In our two-year history getting to know the Turnaround Tuesday team, we’ve witnessed firsthand how the program has transformed the lives of both participants and employers.”

Over the past four years, Turnaround Tuesday has placed over 576 residents living in distressed communities and returning citizens in jobs with an 85% retention rate with anchor employers. Developing a comprehensive pipeline that reaches returning, unemployed and underemployed citizens in their communities, Turnaround Tuesday connects residents to a full spectrum of workforce development opportunities, while simultaneously identifying and cultivating employers in the local footprint. 

“To turnaround our City, we must put Baltimore back to work,” said Terrell Williams, Co-Director of Turnaround Tuesday. “It will require corporate, faith, community and elected leaders uniting around this one cause – jobs, jobs, jobs. Turnaround Tuesday thanks Kevin Plank and the Plank Family Foundation for stepping up and leading the way with their gift of $100,000. They did not say it could not be done. They said it must be done. We invite other corporate leaders to step up and join us to turnaround Baltimore together.”

Photo courtesy of Turnaround Tuesday 

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