Veterans Green Jobs To Receive $250,000 Grant From The Call of Duty Endowment

Veterans Green Jobs To Receive $250,000 Grant From The Call of Duty Endowment

PR Newswire

DENVER, March 20, 2013

Denver Based Veterans Organization Receives Grant to Support Expanding
Operations to Los Angeles

DENVER, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Call of Duty™ Endowment
(CODE) announced today that Denver-based Veterans Green Jobs has been awarded
a $250,000 grant to help the organization expand its operations to Los
Angeles, California. The funds are part of a $1.1 million effort to support
an innovative 'chapterization' model, whereby grants are given to
organizations that have the ability to scale their operations by opening new,
regional offices—or chapters—that offer services to veterans.

Also taking place today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its 2012
annual report on the national veteran employment situation. While the report
demonstrates a positive trend for the veteran unemployment rate nationally,
the Call of Duty Endowment believes there is much work left to be done.

"The Call of Duty Endowment is focused on providing grants to organizations
that have proven to be the most effective and efficient in finding jobs for
veterans and Veterans Green Jobs is a stand-out organization by any measure,"
said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard and founder and co-chairman of
the Call of Duty Endowment. "This new 'chapterization' strategy allows us to
take the next step in applying sound business principles to the veteran
employment effort – and can be a model for the non-profit industry as a whole.
We want to support organizations, like Veterans Green Jobs, that have proven
business models and that are able to apply those best practices in targeted
markets where the most veterans have the most need. By providing the funds to
open new chapters in these targeted areas, we believe that goal will be
accomplished."

The Call of Duty Endowment will be making five initial grants totaling
$1,110,000 in support of the 'chapterization' strategy. Other grants
recipients include: Atlanta, Georgia-based Hire Heroes USA; Lanham,
Maryland-based AMVETS; Huntsville, Alabama-based Still Serving Veterans; and
Washington, D.C.-based National Chamber Foundation.

"This grant and the Call of Duty Endowment's chapterization strategy gives
Veterans Green Jobs the support we need to replicate our success in Los
Angeles and reach a whole new group of underserved American veterans," said
Bill Doe, CEO of Veterans Green Jobs. "We're excited to expand our efforts
into Southern California where so many veterans need help to quickly
transition into a new career. We thank the Call of Duty Endowment for their
belief in us and look forward to continuing to work together for our nation's
heroes."

The Call of Duty Endowment was conceived by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision
Blizzard and co-chairman of the Call of Duty Endowment, in November of 2009 in
an effort to raise awareness for veterans' unemployment. Since its inception,
the Endowment has provided nearly $2 million in grants and scholarships to
veterans' organizations and colleges throughout the United States to help
servicemen and women transition to civilian careers after active duty. These
gifts have contributed to more than 1,000 veteran jobs, provided job-training
services to more than 2,500 veterans, and funded more than 30 veterans'
college scholarships. On Veterans Day 2011, Activision committed an additional
$3 million donation to the Call of Duty Endowment for its veterans' employment
campaign.

About the Call of Duty Endowment:
The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit, public benefit corporation
conceived by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. The organization seeks
to help organizations that provide job placement and training services for
veterans. For more information about the Call of Duty Endowment, please visit
www.callofdutyendowment.org.

About Veterans Green Jobs:
Veterans Green Jobs is a national nonprofit whose mission is to engage,
transition and connect military veterans with meaningful employment
opportunities that serve our communities and environment. Veterans Green Jobs
offers a national job placement model, provides training and hands-on
experience for seasonal employment opportunities, and directly employs
veterans. See www.veteransgreenjobs.org for information. Join Veterans Green
Jobs on Facebook.

SOURCE Call of Duty Endowment

Contact: Lindsay Murphy, +1-202-494-6580, Lindsay@callofdutyendowment.org
 
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