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WCNY receives $50,000 from the Walmart Foundation to assist with Enterprise America

WCNY received a $50,000 contribution to assist with Enterprise America. The grant, which was given to WCNY through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program will fund tuition and transportation costs for students participating in WCNY’s new Enterprise America program.

The grant was presented to WCNY during a check presentation ceremony held Feb. 19 at WCNY located at 415 W. Fayette St. in Syracuse.

“These funds will be crucial in supporting Enterprise America, a program that will be available to 3,000 schools within a two-hour radius of Syracuse with a potential reach of 700,000 students in grade five through nine,” said Robert J. Daino, WCNY president and CEO. “The first of its kind in New York state, Enterprise America will provide students with hands-on learning that is crucial for college preparation and future career success.”

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are very pleased to be supporting WCNY and Enterprise America and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said Kathy Arlotta, Walmart Syracuse market manager. “Through this grant, we are hopeful students in the area will have better access to the Enterprise America program and the skills they need to be successful in life.”

The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities. Last year, the state giving program awarded more than $20 million to local organizations across the nation. To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications online through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program. Eligible applicants must have a current 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status and meet other criteria. In New York, a team of local Walmart store associates reviews eligible grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation.

In 2012, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world. This includes $1 billion in cash and in-kind gifts in the United States and $82.2 million in cash and in-kind gifts in international markets. In addition, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Logistics Associates volunteered more than 2.2 million hours, generating $18 million to U.S. nonprofit organizations.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country.

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