The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement is the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the Meadows Foundation. The funds will train low-income women in high-demand jobs.
Algur H. Meadows established General American Oil Company of Texas in 1939. He then led it to become one of the nation’s most successful independent oil-and-gas-production companies. Meadows and his wife, Virginia, returned their blessings by establishing The Meadows Foundation in 1948. The Foundation continues to enrich the lives of Texans in the areas of arts and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health and human services.
“The Meadows Foundation is one of our integral partners,” said Priscilla Dinn Alvarez, executive director of VIDA. “The Foundation Board recognizes that sustainable economic growth is only possible with a well-educated, well-trained populace, and they generously support our efforts to take unemployed and underemployed residents of the Rio Grande Valley out of poverty and into high-demand, high-paying jobs.”
Funds will allow low-income women to receive the education and training they need for competitive jobs in the local workforce.
“Over half of VIDA participants are women and most are single mothers,” said Alvarez, “Thanks to The Meadows Foundation, we will be able to serve more women in the Rio Grande Valley and help them break down the barriers that have kept them from completing a certificate or degree program.”