The United Way of Long Island is doing its part to help the region go green.

On Monday, after six weeks of training as part of a welfare-to-work program, 15 people will start new jobs helping local contractors weatherize special-needs housing for various agencies across the county. The United Way calls it the Green-Collared Job Corps.

The jobs are subsidized through a Suffolk Department of Social Services grant, with the Education & Assistance Corp. matching employees with contractors.

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This is only the Corps' first class. Deer Park-based United Way is set to train a total of 325 people. 

A similar project is under way in Nassau. That program, with federal stimulus funds, will help program members get paid internships.