CAWD Addresses Equity Issues with $1.9M Grant

CAWD is among the first 9 recipients of a US Department of Labor CAREER (Comprehensive and Accessible Reemployment through Equitable Employment Recovery) grant. The total award exceeds $1.9 million dollars. The purpose of the grant is to provide support to communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Individuals affected by pandemic-driven layoffs, including people of color, those with disabilities, lower-income workers, veterans, and residents in historically underserved areas are among the primary target populations to benefit from the grant. Available services include job training, ESL education, career advising, support services such as childcare and transportation, and more.

“The lingering effect of the pandemic on workers has been profound. While we will continue to serve all customers, CAREER grant funds will help to address issues of equity because access to employment resources varies greatly, and those with less access may need more support in order to take fair advantage of resources and available job opportunities,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD.

Anyone interested in receiving career services should contact CAWD’s NCWorks Career Center by calling 919-715-0111 or using online chat at