The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce has received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Western Iowa through the Women’s Fund of Southwest Iowa. This fund has been established to support programming designed to improve the quality of life and well-being of women and their families. The CB Chamber will utilize these funds to support Leveraging Individual Female Talent (L.I.F.T.) Mentor Program, a new workforce development program.
“The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to continue our strong partnership and collaboration with the Community Foundation for Western Iowa,” said Drew Kamp, president & CEO of the CB Chamber. “These funds will assist greatly with integrating the L.I.F.T. Mentor Program into the community and assisting females returning to the workforce. We thank the Community Foundation for Western Iowa for their support and look forward to continuing to provide workforce services to the entire Council Bluffs and southwest Iowa community.”
The L.I.F.T. Mentor Program is a joint endeavor between the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce and the Omaha chapter of the Human Resource Association of the Midlands (HRAM), and in partnership with the Business Ethics Alliance. The program is focused on supporting talented professional women looking to restart their careers after an extended absence from the workforce. Women have historically assumed many roles that have caused them to exit the workforce temporarily. Such responsibilities include, but are not limited to, giving birth, raising children, or caring for aging or ailing relatives. Additionally, COVID-19 has caused many mothers to return home to ensure the well-being of their families and to assume the duties of educators as schools closed when “stay at home” ordinances were issued.
The L.I.F.T. Mentor Program provides opportunities for participants to receive a one-on-one professional female human resource manager mentor, become reacquainted with the local professional network, strengthen professional skills, broaden their perspective, explore new career paths, and experience direct and guided mentorship.