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Key Grants $150,000 to YMCA of Cleveland; Helps Homeless Access Job Training and Placement in Cleaning and Maintenance Industry

Key Grants $150,000 to YMCA of Cleveland; Helps Homeless Access Job Training and Placement in Cleaning and Maintenance Industry

Published 10-20-06

Submitted by KeyBank

CLEVELAND - More than 130 residents of theYMCA of Greater Cleveland's award-winning transitional housing program, Y-Haven, now have the opportunity for job training and placement through a new vocational project, "Green Team," made possible by a $150,000 Key Foundation grant.

Named for its focus on placing individuals in the cleaning and maintenance industry jobs, Green Team includes classroom and field training needed to develop work-related skills and proficiency. The curriculum consists of two weeks of orientation, training preparation and initial skill assessments; one week of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training and related safety issues; six weeks of practical implementation and skills testing; and a final week of review and written tests of skills, knowledge and safety procedures.

"Key is a long-time supporter of the YMCA," says Glenn Haley, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland YMCA. "Their donation to our Green Team project provides a much-needed revenue stream to expand Y-Haven's services and offer additional employment opportunities to our community's homeless population."

Over their two-year transition with Y-Haven, the men of Green Team will provide quality maintenance to contracted sites, establishing a revenue stream to help sustain the program. These men will then gain employment upon graduating from the Y-Haven program.

"Green Team epitomizes our efforts to invest in programs and organizations that promote workforce development," says Margot J. Copeland, Chair of the Key Foundation and director of Corporate Diversity & Philanthropy at KeyCorp. "By providing job training and placement opportunities, this program transforms the lives of its participants as well as positively affecting the community at large by fostering a healthier economy and elevating civic spirit."

YMCA of Greater Cleveland:

The YMCA of Greater Cleveland is one of Northeast Ohio's largest not-for-profit community service organizations, serving over 58,000 members and program participants plus countless other community members. Many of these members are children and families who participate in a broad range of programs including child care, youth leadership, aquatics, health and fitness and youth sports. YMCA of Greater Cleveland services are for people of all faiths, races, ages and incomes. Financial assistance is available for YMCA programs and memberships. The YMCA established Y Haven in 1991 with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with the goal helping homeless men transition to self-sufficiency. For more information, visit or call 216.344.0095.

Key Foundation:

Key Foundation is a private foundation funded by KeyCorp. Annual grants and matching gifts are given by the foundation to charitable organizations in the communities that Key serves. Grants from Key Foundation principally support organizations and institutions that promote economic independence through financial education and workforce initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion. Visit to access Key's 2005 Report on Philanthropic Investment, or download the report directly at

Contact Key Foundation Senior Program Officer Quentin McCorvey at 216.689.5505, or, for more information about corporate grants. Visit the KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) page on Corporate Social Responsibility Wire at for a compilation of news releases about the company relative to philanthropic investment, diversity, community development, corporate governance, environment, business ethics, human rights, and workplace issues.


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