Second Chance Receives Grant from Union Bank to Help Fulfill its Mission of Empowering People to Change Their Lives

Top Quote Generous Donation for Fourteenth Consecutive Year from Bank Supports Second Chance's Job Readiness Training Program and Wrap-Around Services. End Quote
  • San Diego, CA (1888PressRelease) December 11, 2012 - Second Chance, a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people to change their lives through job readiness training programs and comprehensive wrap-around services, gratefully accepts a $25,000 grant award for its overall operations from Union Bank. This marks the fourteenth consecutive year that the banking services company has given generously to the job training program through large contributions.

    The Second Chance grant is part of Union Bank's community commitment pledge to annually distribute two percent of its annual profit to standout charitable organizations. To date, charitable donations on behalf of the San Francisco-headquartered bank have exceeded $84 million through contributions, sponsorships, grants and investments. The grant will contribute to the operation of Second Chance's workforce training program as well as support the organization's wrap-around services that include job placement, housing, and mental health and financial literacy.

    "We are beyond grateful for the continued support we receive from Union Bank," said Second Chance Executive Director, Robert Coleman. "The generous donations help us fulfill our simple mission of getting people off the streets and into employment. Since 1997, Union Bank has been a huge part of our ability to graduate hundreds of San Diego clients each year."

    Since its inception in 1993, Second Chance has graduated more than 5,000 individuals who are now working and paying taxes. Second Chance clients come from all walks of life, ranging from at-risk youth, adults and veterans, to the formerly addicted and incarcerated. Employing a tough-love stance, Second Chance programs are no easy feat for the students, but the pay-off is a job, a second chance and a fresh start. The Union Bank grant allows Second Chance to continue to offer these services free of charge.

    For more information about Second Chance and opportunities to donate and volunteer, visit or call (619) 839-0950. To learn more about Union Bank and its charitable contributions, visit

    About Second Chance:
    Established in 1993, Second Chance is a San Diego-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to empowering people to change their lives and strengthen communities. Through its workforce readiness training and job placement programs and services, the nonprofit organization gives individuals a second chance at becoming contributing members of society, improving public health, safety and financial stability. Second Chance serves at-risk youth, adults, veterans, former substance abusers, and formerly incarcerated persons. Second Chance programs result in a more stable community, a reduction in government costs, and a powerful response to the State of California's prison realignment program. For more information, visit

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