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Partner with GLS and Double the Impact of Your Holiday Giving

Didi Caldwell
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As site selection and incentive negotiation experts, we pride ourselves on finding potential and promise in unexpected places. Where some see vacant tracts of land, we see thriving facilities that support growing communities. Where some see abandoned buildings, we see the spark of economic renewal.

Where others see challenges, we see potential

According to recent studies, a growing number of high school and college graduates do not have the necessary skills required by most manufacturing jobs. This skills gap, along with the aging baby boomer population, has resulted in labor shortages that hinder productivity and threaten workers’ ability to earn a living wage. 

Today, approximately 369,000 manufacturing jobs remain vacant in the U.S., and over the next ten years, manufacturers will likely add 4.6 million manufacturing jobs. If this trend continues and projections hold true, 2.4 million manufacturing jobs may go unfilled over the next decade.

Rather than dwelling on the problem, we want to be part of the solution. 

During this season of giving, Global Location Strategies is inviting you, our network of clients, communities, and industry colleagues to join us in supporting Communities in School, a dynamic organization that empowers students to stay in school and achieve in life. Since this organization’s mission aligns so closely with our purpose and core values, we want to help them encourage and develop the 21st century workforce.

To accomplish this goal, Global Location Strategies Founding Principal, Didi Caldwell, has proposed a Matching Funds Challenge to raise financial support for our local CIS affiliate’s 2019-20 Youth Leadership Summit. This four-part program is specially designed to provide intensive services and interventions for 100 at-risk high school students in two Greenville County schools: Carolina High School and Greenville Early College. 

The total estimated program costs are $6,780. To help cover these costs, Global Location Strategies’ Matching Funds Challenge will be open from now through December 31, 2019. Starting with a personal donation of $500 from Didi Caldwell and a matching $500 from GLS, the company will match donated funds dollar-for-dollar, up to $4,000.   

Meeting or exceeding this challenge will raise a minimum of $9,000 for the Youth Leadership Summit. Any leftover funds will be used by CIS to further its mission to help students by building stronger, healthier, and more economically stable communities where every person is capable of reaching his or her highest potential.

Would you please consider joining us as we work to make a difference in the lives of our young people. As industry professionals, we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure the prosperity of manufacturing in the U.S. and beyond, for today and for generations to come. Your contribution, big or small, will help us build a stronger economy and a brighter future for us all.

Donations can be made by check* or by clicking below:


We are grateful for your generosity and thankful for your willingness to help us empower those who will shape our future.

From our GLS Family to yours, Happy Holidays!

To learn more about Communities in Schools, click here.

To find your local CIS affiliate, click here.

*Checks may be made payable to:
Communities in Schools of Greenville County
P.O. Box 10308
Greenville, SC  29603

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