Citizens contributes $50K grant to GI Go Fund

Champions in Action funding from bank will help program that helps veterans prepare for in-demand digital and technology jobs

Citizens has named the GI Go Fund one of its 2024 Champions in Action for its efforts preparing New Jersey’s military veterans, students and workers for the demands of digital and technology jobs.

The GI Go Fund will receive $50,000 in unrestricted funding as well as promotional and volunteer support for this work.

About the GI Go Fund

GI Go Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that assists military veterans and their family members, along with first responders, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated individuals and people in need with finding employment, creating entrepreneurships, connecting to their benefits and accessing housing opportunities.

The GI Go Fund was created in 2006 in memory of Lt. Seth Dvorin, a childhood friend of the GI Go Fund founders. Dvorin was killed by an IED blast while serving in Iraq. The GI Go Fund was created in his honor to ensure no military member’s sacrifice and bravery is ever forgotten, and that veterans get the support they need when they return home.

“We are deeply grateful to Citizens for supporting our AI training initiative through the Champions in Action award,” said Jack Fanous, executive director of the GI Go Fund. “This award is pivotal for keeping our clients ahead of the technological revolution that AI presents to all areas of employment and business.”

Fanous said the key to helping diverse entrepreneurs is not only to give them office space, but to provide critical infrastructure support to help them thrive.

“It is crucial that underserved communities receive the tools to master this technology early,” said Fanous. “We are thrilled to partner with Citizens to deliver this meaningful, forward-thinking support to our diverse group of clients.”

Rebecca O’Connell, Citizens NYC Metro president, said the program matches Citizens’ vision of community service.

“We are committed within and beyond Citizens to develop the workforce of the future,” she said. “By investing in nonprofits that work to provide upskilling and reskilling services, we hope to support the growth of accessible pathways to well-paying careers.

“We are honored to support GI Go Fund’s programs that aim to expand access to trainings and resources needed to meet current and future industry needs.”

About Champions in Action

Citizens’ Champions in Action program supports local nonprofits with operating budgets under $5 million and which are creating lasting change in the communities they serve. Twice a year, one nonprofit in each of Citizens’ seven major markets is selected for its work.

Since the program’s launch 22 years ago, Citizens has awarded more than $11 million to more than 380 Champions in Action winners.

For more information about the Champions in Action program, click here.