Carhartt to Donate up to $250K to Support Skilled Labor Training for Women

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, Carhartt will donate up to $250,000 from women’s apparel sales online and in its 43 stores that day to support Metallica Foundation’s All Within My Hands program and its Metallica Scholars initiative. All Within My hands is a philanthropic organization dedicated to creating sustainable communities by connecting future workers with local trade programs. The retailer also has dedicated the Spring 2024 grant from its For the Love of Labor program to the Metallica Foundation.

“Every woman opting for a rewarding career in the skilled workforce is not only contributing to the industries they serve, but also actively challenging outdated stereotypes that often hold back talented individuals from pursuing their passions,” said Todd Corley, SVP of Inclusion, Sustainability and Community at Carhartt in a statement. “By combining efforts with All Within My Hands, we aim to help break down barriers for women in the trades, which include fewer job education programs tailored for women, limited childcare options and a general lack of resources that exacerbate the gender inequity within many industries, to cultivate the next generation of workers making their own history.”

Through a partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, the Metallica Scholars initiative is uniquely positioned to enhance career and technical education programs at a local level. The program, now in its fifth year, has affected approximately 6,000 students, directly supporting 42 community colleges across 33 states with an investment totaling more than $6 million.

“Careers in the trades are overflowing with high-demand positions offering stable wages that can be life-changing,” said Peter Delgrosso, Executive Director of All Within My Hands in a statement. “Within our program, approximately 30% of the Metallica Scholars have historically been women, and we want that trend to continue. Carhartt’s sales donation and For the Love of Labor grant contribute to the resources we need to continue shifting perceptions around the trades and help unlock impactful opportunities for women at a time when we need it most.”

Since the debut of its For the Love of Labor program in August 2022, the Carhartt program has awarded 19 grants totaling nearly $1.8 million to eligible U.S.-based 501c3 organizations.