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The Chamber Receives a Grant to Launch a New Program

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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County announces the receipt of a grant from MontcoWorks to launch Power With A Purpose (PWAP). The program provides support to women in Montgomery County who are in employment transition through the Employment, Advancement and Retention Network (EARN).

As the US Census Bureau’s 2020 American Community Survey reports, Montgomery County has a poverty rate of 5.8%, with females facing a higher rate than men. The PA Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and analysis also reports that over 1400 females in the county are currently on Unemployment Compensation. PWAP is a unique program that will give EARN participants access to professional women from various business industries and at different stages of their careers, who will serve as conversation leaders and mentors. This will provide the women with the peer networking and mentorship they need to succeed in re-entering the workforce.

PWAP will allow women to support and empower each other, ultimately enabling them to gain independence and financial stability through family-sustaining wage occupations.