M&T Bank awarded $30,000 in funding to Sam Cannan, chairman and co-founder of the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative, during a visit to the organization’s Odessa campus Feb. 8.

The New Castle County-based school teaches disabled war veterans watchmaking. The program, which originated in the 1940s, was created to instruct veterans in a professional craftsmanship that is profitable and in high demand in recognition of their sacrifice and service.

“M&T Bank is honored to stand beside organizations supporting our veterans," said Nick Lambrow, M&T Bank's Delaware regional president. "The training, support, and referral services the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative provides disabled veterans are vital to building stronger communities. This program will enable veterans to develop marketable skills that will help them secure jobs with solid wages, creating an opportunity to excel.”

“M&T Bank’s funding will help VWI’s ‘House our Veterans Project,’ that aims to provide rent-free housing for veteran students during their 16-month horology training program,” said Cannan, who conducted a tour of the facility and the future site of the student dormitory.

Accompanying Lambrow were three M&T Bank representatives who toured the school and met students.

For more, visit veteranswatchmakerinitiative.org.