Thunderbirds Charities Awards $25,000 to WHEAT’s Management Training Program

(Phoenix, AZ – January 18, 2018) The existing gap of job readiness and successful job placement is very real. The frustration and hopelessness felt by those who have earnestly prepared for employment and are not successful is heartbreaking. The World Hunger Education, Advocacy & Training organization (WHEAT) is increasing workers’ skills so that they qualify for higher paying jobs!

WHEAT’s Management Training Program provides individuals who struggle with unemployment and poverty the opportunity to gain marketable skills in Management, leading to living wage jobs and self-sustaining careers Training Real People for Real Jobs. Within 200 hours, participants are trained by top management professionals, receive mentoring support, career assistance, case management and Certificates of Completion and Certification in Management.

Through efforts in education, advocacy and empowerment, WHEAT is motivating individuals to action in the fight against poverty and hunger. Founded in Arizona in 1979, WHEAT strives to increase the understanding of the poverty’s root causes acting as a source and resource for individual and group involvement in programs and activities that work toward an end to hunger.

Recently, Thunderbirds Charities provided WHEAT with a $25,000 grant to support their Management Training program that works toward employment for people in need who are unemployed and underemployed leading to self-sufficiency.

“We’re thrilled to help WHEAT’s Management Training program and their mission to empower hard-working people in our community,” said Thunderbirds Charities President Andy Markham. “Together, we can help give motivated individuals and families the tools they need to succeed, and that’s certainly a worthy cause.”

“The grant from Thunderbirds Charities will help train individuals who will be able to become employed with jobs that will pay the bills,” said Cynthia Mudd, director of operations for WHEAT. “Many of the people we work with are employed with part-time hours and low-wages. They can’t make ends meet and take care of their families without help. They are worried about how to put food on the table, pay rent and take care of their children. WHEAT and its training program are providing them a way to become self-sufficient through the dignity of work; those employed in managerial occupations earned 63% more per week than in other fields.”

WHEAT’s program of high-level, management training is so important in overcoming unemployment. Quality workshops, caring mentors and ongoing case management are the keys to success for participants who have a will to succeed.

The funds from the Thunderbirds Charities grant will support those in training in 2018.

About WHEAT:

WHEAT is an Arizona-based nonprofit organization that educates, advocates, motivates and empowers individuals to action in the fight against hunger and poverty. Annually, WHEAT serves the community through SNAP Outreach, outfitting men & women with workwear for the job or interview, the I-Can Youth Leadership Program, and its Management Training Program. To volunteer, donate or find out more, visit

About Thunderbirds Charities:

THUNDERBIRDS CHARITIES is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit For more information on the Thunderbirds Charities, visit