Walmart Announces Three Year Commitment to Washington, DC-based
Running Start Star Fellows Program
Walmart Supports Local Not-for-Profit Dedicated to Helping Young Women
Experience Capitol Hill
Washington, DC, April 21, 2015 – Today, Walmart Stores, Inc. announced that the company is committing to donate $500,000 over the next three years to the Running Start/Walmart Star Fellows Program. Running Start is a Washington, DC-based program dedicated to providing young women and girls with the skills and confidence they need to become the political leaders of tomorrow.
The Running Start/Walmart Star Fellows Program brings college-aged women to Washington, DC each year to learn about politics by working in the offices of female Members of Congress on Capitol Hill. In addition to honing their policy and political skills, the Fellows take part in a seminar each week conducted by Running Start which gives them the skills and contacts they need to become political leaders. The Fellows emerge from their semester in DC with a deeper understanding of the need for more women to run for office, and confidence in their own abilities to lead, whether at their schools or on the national stage.
“Walmart’s support of Running Start has been invaluable in helping us attract a diverse and highly talented pool of Fellows for our Star Fellowship,” said Susannah Wellford, President and Founder of Running Start. “This program is one of our most in depth trainings, offering students housing, a stipend and a challenging job working for a female member of Congress. Our graduates have gone on to win elected office, find policy jobs on the Hill, and work in public service. We are so grateful for Walmart’s support!”
Walmart’s support of the Star Fellows program helps provide housing and stipends so young women of all socioeconomic backgrounds have an opportunity to participate in the potentially life-changing experience of working on Capitol Hill. Since 2009, the Star Fellows program has helped support 70 young women to come to Washington, DC and work on Capitol Hill.
“We are thrilled to continue our support of the Running Start/Walmart Star Fellows Program,” said Jana Barresi, Director, Federal Government Relations Walmart. “Running Start is an honorable organization that energizes young women to seek change through the political process and provides them with the programs needed to support them in achieving their goals.”
With the addition of the newly committed $500,000 over the next three years, Walmart’s donations total $1.5 million since the start of the Star Fellows program.
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About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.