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Fourblock Foundation Inc

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Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: FourBlock is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is the nation's local professional network for veterans. Each year, hundreds of veterans in every corner of the country join FourBlock communities to engage locally and connect nationally. From leading organizations to launching innovative new ventures, our veterans are tackling mission critical goals at Fortune 500 companies through the power of the FourBlock network. Learn more about joining the community: fourblock.org

Results: Over 1,500 veterans have completed our programs. 94% of our alumni say joining FourBlock improved their transition from military to corporate life, 80% of alumni say FourBlock inspired them to pursue more challenging careers, 78% of working alumni have remained at their first job for 12 months or more, 100% of alumni say that as a result of joining FourBlock, they have built a better network

Target demographics: veterans, wounded service members, and transitioning active duty service members.

Geographic areas served: 20 major cities across the country

Programs: Career Readiness Program, Career Counseling Services, transition services for rehabilitating wounded service members, fundraising for wounded service members

Community Stories

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a FourBlock volunteer and a US Army veteran myself, I wish that this program would have been available when I was discharged in the early 1990's. I have personally witnessed the positive impact that this program has had on today's transitioning student veteran by providing the tools and training needed for their successful transition into the civilian workforce.

To Mike Abrams and Roger Roley as well as to all current and future FourBlock students - thank you all for your service and for everything that you have done and continue to do for our country! Hooah!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Vietnam veteran and past Commander of the American Legion, I have worked with many VSOs trying to help our returning service members.

Only FOUR BLOCK and Mike Abrams excel at providing the tools and motivation allowing service members to transition to active productive members of the community.

3 Natasha17

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found 4Block, I was 1 year out of the military and enrolled in a graduate program. I was pretty lost and ineffective, in the job search. Before the program, I applied to multiple jobs/positions that I was over qualified to do but never received a response. After 4Block, I learned to give my elevator pitch, the importance of networking in job hunting, the relevance of networking events, how to work a room, and it was an extremely positive experience that I would recommend for all veterans enrolled in an educational institution.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've tried out some veteran groups before and while each one has comradery they don't do a lot. So I was surprised when FourBlock did more than turn oxygen into carbon dioxide, they helped gear us up to be successful. Not only giving us tools and resources for later but also connecting us with people/companies that were in our target area. I've told all of my other vet buddies to check them out, they offer a terrific service and only ask that you help out a vet down the road.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Four Block does a phenomenal job assisting veterans with their career transitions. I have personally witnessed the transformation of seasoned military veterans with high potential but near-zero corporate awareness, to polished business leaders ready to take on the challenge of the civilian workforce. The Four Block team understands the needs of veterans, leverages appropriate corporate leadership resources, and goes above and beyond to create successful transition stories. I am thrilled that I became acquainted with this wonderful program and its leadership, and I look forward to supporting for years to come.

4 Don_49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While my company has supported this organization for several years, I was first exposed to them in the February of 2016. As a volunteer I attended most of the semester for a group of student veterans. The growth in this group was outstanding. The lesson plan has been designed a program to help student veterans prepare for the transition from military to the corporate world. The skills range from how to dress and prepare an elevator pitch to writing an effective resume and LinkedIn profile. I would highly recommend this program for any student veteran. As a veteran myself, I could have benefited greatly from this program in my own transition.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FourBlock has been a partner of our company for the last several years. Within the last year, we've partnered with them at my local office. The program is phenomenal. As a veteran myself, I have been involved with several veterans organizations over the years. Of any of them, I've enjoyed the level and scale of impact that this organization is able to have. It's a wonderful experience to be a part of, and is as relevant and fulfilling to the volunteers as it is to the veterans being served. This is a first class organization all the way,

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group educates and transitions Veterans from Active Duty through Corporate Placement. Four Block is run, from the top down, by driven professionals that care only for the soldiers and sailors. Look to Four Block for polished young men and women, with proven leadership experience, to hit the ground running in your world class organizations.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a coordinator for student veterans at a university. After being introduced to the Four Block program approximately one year ago, I have witnessed the positive outcomes for myself. I have been fortunate enough to act as somewhat of a liaison to Four Block providing information and recommending the program to our student veteran population. The difference in poise, confidence, marketability, and all-round career readiness in our participating students is night and day. I see a greater degree of focus displayed by these students, with a clear objective and a calculated, strategic path to realizing it. These individuals definitely have a leg-up on their peers upon entering the corporate workforce after graduation and undoubtedly that advantage was earned through dedication to the Four Block Career Development Program.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

FourBlock is one of the few organizations I have worked with in the Veterans space who defines the problem and; both articulates and implements the evidence-based strategies
they use and will use to achieve their goals. They have a clear vision and mission and are led by a Founder who is deeply knowledgeable, credible and engaged.

2 Erle H.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The mission of the Four Block program to best serve our veterans via employment is key to their future professional successes. Monica and the course curriculum helped me to move in a new professional direction and I successfully made that transition on September 1st. Thank you so very much.

- Erle

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Recruiter at Amazon and a fellow Veteran I thoroughly enjoy working with Four Block. There are many veteran organizations out there but they take it to another level. Monica is a very passionate leader who goes the extra mile to help the veterans. She is an excellent career coach and she is very knowledgeable in her field.

~Colby Williamson
Amazon Military Recruiting

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a FourBlock student while still a senior in college following my active duty service in the US Army. The insight and mindset taught by my instructor Monica was extremely valuable. I also would like to thank Mike Abrams for creating the organization and for the phone conversation we had. I am now starting a career with my dream organization and I doubt it could have happened without my experiences with FourBlock!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Mike Abrams a couple of years ago. I wasn't aware of any private organizations out there at the time, who understood the hardships our Veterans have trying to transition from Military life into civilian life. Mike "gets it" because he lived through it and leading once again through example. Thank you for all the hard work you do to help our Veterans.
Carrie Farley
Proud Mother of SSG Derek J. Farley
Department of NY, President of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Four Block has been an instrumental educational experience that has contributed to my successful transition from military service. I am in the Pacific Northwest and was introduced to Monica McNeal, Four Block Program Manager, through a mutual connection. I knew of Four Block from a previous program, but remained hesitant about enquiring for information. I am so glad I changed my mind about enrollment. The program offers many ways to help veterans, like myself, gain experience through structured classes, corporation visits, and distinguished speakers. I was surrounded by fellow veterans who had the same fears about how we need to proceed to showcase our talents for future employment. Luckily, the class prepared us for employer expectations and how we present our best self when addressing recruiters and hiring managers. I am well equipped for my future and feel confident about what I bring to an employer.

I have already recommended the program to other veterans based on my positive experience alone. Thank you Monica and Four Block for the many materials and experiences that I can take with me where ever I go. This is a program that no veteran who is unsure should be without.

1 Miguel M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Going through Four Block's program is easily one of the best decisions I've ever made. I heard about the program through the Dean of Admissions when I was taking my undergrad at Fordham University and within two weeks of being in school, Four Blocks' founder also reached out to me.

My original thought was the organization was only about gathering veterans together and going to various networking events around New York City, but the reality far exceeded any expectations I had. Each veteran has to go through weekly classes for a couple of months to prepare them for not just the networking events, but the whole job-hunting process. They brought in professionals each week to teach us how to build our resumes, write cover letters, make compelling LinkedIn profiles, conduct ourselves in interviews and, overall, building your personal brand. Then each week, we go to a different company in hopes of connecting with at least one of its employees. The best part about it is that these networking events are specifically tailored to Four Block vets.

I believed in Four Block's mission so much that I decided to do a fellowship with them to help meet recruiting goals and widen the organization's reach. It was the most rewarding 6 months of my post-military life.

Four Block equipped me with the tools and the confidence I needed to succeed after the military. I truly believe that Four Block is 100% responsible in helping me land my current job at the biggest advertising agency group in the world- McCann. Thank you for everything!

3 George55

Client Served

Rating: 5

After suffering a severe lower back injury that resulted in surgery and a year of recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Chris Vasiliou took on the role of a personal and professional mentor. He was able to help and guide me with the ability to become accepted at Fordham University and introduce me to Four Block in which is a premier nonprofit for assisting veterans like myself attain and accomplish new and never before seen goals. Thank you Chris and Four Block for your great and never ending assistance in the new chapter my of life.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The transition from military service to civilian life is often confusing, troublesome, and riddled with unexpected obstacles. For me, it certainly was--that is, until I was introduced to Chris from FourBlock, who is now my mentor. FourBlock is an outstanding organization that smooths out the rough edges of the shift for veterans, whether they wish to complete their college education, enter the professional world, or both.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The guys at FourBlock are great people who are sincere in their intentions, tirelessly dedicated to their mission, and definitely competent in their craft. Mike and Chris sacrificed their own time to sit down with me for our first meeting and offered a lot of encouragement but also legitimate ideas and concrete actions to help me get started on a positive path to transition. Also, I have introduced several of my buddies to FourBlock when they were dissatisfied with how their transition was going, and positive results began manifesting immediately. The best thing I could do for my friends was introduce them to FourBlock. Most importantly, I have never been left out to dry by these guys. If I don't hit them up every few weeks (at least), they are calling or emailing me. There are a lot of veteran assistance non-profits out there, but I have never seen one like FourBlock. I trust these guys and am grateful to know and work with them.

5 Rick70

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Four Block shortly after it was founded. Since that time I have served as an instructor, Executive Advisor, and currently as a member of the Board of Directors. Four Block's commitment to student veterans is at the highest level. Four Block founder, Mike Abrams, is probably the strongest advocate for veterans that I know. The organization prepares individual veterans to find internships during and employment after school ends. The strongest testimonials come from the student veterans themselves, who are living proof of the positive results they can achieve with Four Block's help. Corporations, partnerships, and professional organizations have thrown tremendous support to Four Block. They have recognized the value veterans bring to the workforce and want to continue to hire them for that reason. Four Block utilizes best practices and has created many unique and target strategies to help veterans learn job seeking skills that will last them a life time. It has been gratifying for me to work with student veterans. I have never met a more positive and talented group of young men and women. Four Block alumni are growing in size and in their ability to help one another find new roles that permit them to excel in the non-military world.