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  • Erica Blackburn

Washington launching new program

On July 31st, the Washington Football Charitable Foundation and Primis announced the launch of the “Primis Works” program to provide single mothers in the Richmond area with the training and support necessary for a successful career in finance.

The program is designed to help single mothers and their families secure bright futures through identification, support, mentorship, and hiring at Primis, a community bank based in Virginia.

“The tireless dedication and determination seen in single moms across our community is truly inspiring,” said Jason Wright, President of the Washington Football Team. “As we focus on driving equity and increasing opportunities, we could not be more thrilled to partner on Primis Works for this special initiative, which will bring together needed resources and support to help area mothers achieve financial stability and professional success for themselves and their families.”

Alongside civic and faith-based organizations, “Primis Works” will work to identify single mothers who desire the training necessary to excel in finance. Those selected will then go through a six-month training program that will give them the skills needed to thrive. During the training, participants will be assisted in getting their diplomas or college degree.

Training will continue for the next 18 months as they specialize or obtain specific career certifications. Throughout all training and schooling, the participants will receive substantial assistance with the cost of childcare and healthcare.

After two years of supportive training and schooling in the Primis Family, the program will move the single mothers into permanent careers at Primis and allow them to provide for their families and launch a career in the financial services industry.

“We take our responsibility seriously to support individuals and families in the communities where we are so fortunate to operate,” said Primis’s President & Chief Executive Officer, Dennis J. Zember Jr. “Working with the Washington Football Charitable Foundation, which has been so deeply committed to narrowing the opportunity gap in communities, makes a lot of sense for us as we try to drive change and provide a lasting impact for single mothers. We are excited to start this program in Richmond.”

“We need to do everything we can to empower single mothers and prepare them for successful and meaningful careers,” said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. “We applaud the Washington Football Charitable Foundation and Primis for their partnership in this program and their commitment to supporting our community.”

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