INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation (IPTF) received a $50,000 grant from Glick Philanthropies to provide up to 1,000 newly employed individuals 90 days of free, unlimited transportation through IndyGo to promote employment retention and remove barriers to employment.
Glick Philanthropies – a family of charitable initiatives, programs and organizations focused on building community and creating opportunity – recently announced grants totaling more than $1.87 million to organizations focused on supporting arts and creative expression, advancing education, helping those in need and promoting self-sufficiency.
The grant award is going toward partially funding IPTF’s Workforce Development Pilot Program, where it will partner with Center for Working Families Organizations to provide these newly employed individuals with access to IndyGo’s bus services. The organizations will then look at the effect this access has on employment retention.
“At IPTF, we strive to connect people to impactful opportunities through universally accessible mobility options, so we all can share in a growing economy and healthier city,” IPTF Executive Director Emily Meaux said. “We’re confident that this grant will provide many individuals the greatest opportunity for success, growth and sustainability as they begin the journey into their new careers.”
Glick Philanthropies awards grants to tax-exempt organizations serving central Indiana and communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located. Grants are focused on making a measurable impact in the following areas:
- Providing a quality, affordable place to call home
- Creating vibrant communities through the arts
- Ensuring children have access to a high-quality education
- Helping those in need
- Breaking down barriers to self-sufficiency
- Empowering the Far Eastside of Indianapolis
“For 40 years, we have focused on increasing equitable access to transformational opportunities, with the goal of every person reaching their full potential,” said Marianne Glick, chair of the Glick Family Foundation. “The 34 community organizations selected for grants are building community and creating opportunities that wouldn’t exist otherwise. From protecting core civil rights, to connecting students to career coaching, and immersing children in the arts, these organizations are helping people access what they need for productive and meaningful lives.”