The Eagles continue to support nonprofits that work to reduce barriers to opportunity and end racism. In support of Black History Month, the Eagles are proud to recognize the work of one of these nonprofits each day.
After many forays in the criminal justice system, Jermaine Womack experienced firsthand just how tough it can be for an incarcerated individual to transition back into society, especially when it comes to finding employment.
After turning his own life around, Womack decided to help others who have endured the same struggle through Philadelphia Auto and Parole.
Philadelphia Auto and Parole provides formerly incarcerated individuals transitioning back into society with a chance to earn a living in the automotive industry with classroom training, hands-on experience, and internship opportunities with partnering agencies. Most of all, the organization provides individuals with a second chance.
Womack received his second chance after his father passed down his mechanic shop, which he had owned for 50 years. With his father as his inspiration, Womack aims to teach people a trade and inspire them to take advantage of their second chance.
To help Womack, the Eagles granted Philadelphia Auto and Parole $15,000 via the Social Justice Fund. Philadelphia Auto and Parole used the funds to offer full scholarships to its automotive program to a pair of students. It was also able to give away a vehicle to a single parent of five children.
Philadelphia Auto and Parole also used the funds for non-automotive endeavors such as providing people in need with meals, masks, hand sanitizer, and personal hygiene kits to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization also gave away toys, coats, and hot meals to families on Christmas Eve.
"The most powerful impact we could have ever made was to be given the opportunity to give back to a familiar atmosphere, sharing resources, opportunities, and love," Philadelphia Auto and Parole said via a statement.
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