Wells Fargo awards N.J. charity $40K to help veterans

Wells Fargo has awarded a $40,000 grant to a New Jersey charity to help it address homelessness and sustainable housing issues affecting U.S. veterans.

The grant to Camden-based Volunteers of America Delaware Valley is part of $300,000 in awards as part of the VeteranWINS program run by the bank, which is based in San Francisco but has a large New Jersey presence.

“Everyone deserves a safe and secure place to live, especially our veterans, who have already sacrificed so much for our country,” Jeff Chavannes, Wells Fargo’s VeteranWINS program manager and an Army veteran, said in a prepared statement. “The VeteranWINS program is just one way Wells Fargo is doing our part to ensure veterans are being taken care of. We are proud to support the great work these nonprofits are doing for veterans in their communities.”

Volunteers of America Delaware Valley will use the funding to help veterans in the Collingswood area overcome common obstacles when transitioning back into the community, Wells Fargo said, including acquiring photo IDs and documentation, covering moving costs and security deposits, and gaining access to efficient utilities.

Nine grants were awarded through a competitive application process, five to “large communities” at the $40,000 level and four to “small to medium communities” at the $25,000 level. The program, launched in 2016, has awarded a total of $600,000 in grants.