Where WorkLab and the Model are Making News

WorkLab 2018—Our Year In Numbers

Posted on March 19, 2019

In 2018, WorkLab expanded its network of members operating the Sustainable Workforce Model to 10 cities across the US. 60,000 workers can now access a Resource Navigator. Navigators help employees address work and life challenges to stay present and productive at work.

Topics: scaling the Model, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

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Topics: scaling the Model, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

NorthCountry Federal Credit Union supports Working Bridges tax preparation program

Posted on February 28, 2019

NorthCountry Federal Credit Union recently presented $10,000 to the United Way of Northwest Vermont’s Working Bridges Mobile Tax Preparation program. Working Bridges provides free tax assistance for low-to-moderate wage earners at their place of work in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, and the Vermont State Tax Department. Working Bridges strategies also include onsite resource coordination, income advance loans, and financial education and coaching.

Topics: resource navigator, workforce support, community development

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Topics: resource navigator, workforce support, community development

Grand Rapids FOX 17 features The SOURCE on Motivation Monday

Posted on February 18, 2019

Grand Rapids Fox News 17

When things to wrong at home or in your personal life, sometimes keeping a job can be a challenge. Losing that job creates a snowball effect of bad events happening in life. The Source is a local nonprofit that partners with companies to maintain employees going through tough times.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, employee engagement, employee retention

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, employee engagement, employee retention

Expert Research Group Gains Insight on the Employer's Take on Workforce Support at The SOURCE

Posted on October 25, 2018

The 2016 election led many of us to consider the challenges facing working class people in America, and the ways that they are being left behind in a growing economy. Aiming to find answers to some of these difficult questions, Opportunity America, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Brookings Institution convened a bipartisan working group of scholars and policy experts.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Second Cohort of WorkLab Members Launches with Learnings from Cohort One

Posted on October 4, 2018

This week’s gathering in Detroit, Michigan, epitomized the aim of the WorkLab Network: One year after launching their programs in the Sustainable Workforce Model, the first cohort of network members convened to share their discoveries, innovations and moments of failing forward with WorkLab’s newest members.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, innovative workplace benefits, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, innovative workplace benefits, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

Program Helps Adult Workers Achieve Living Wage Jobs and Family Stability

Posted on September 13, 2018

Rapid Growth Media

Many hard-working Michiganders struggle to pay the rent, feed their families, and put gas in the car. According to the MIT Living Wage Calculator for Michigan, two adults with two children each need to earn $15.37 to make ends meet. Many Michigan jobs pay little more than the $9.25 minimum wage.

In Grand Rapids, the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT), Mercy Health, and The SOURCE are partnering in WMCAT’s Workforce Development program to launch adults into careers that provide a living wage, opportunity for advancement, and the means to create a stable family environment.

Topics: impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

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Topics: impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

Harvard Kennedy Researcher Recommends Pilot of Sustainable Workforce Model in San Francisco

Posted on August 17, 2018

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) helps thousands of San Francisco residents train for in-demand work and connect with employment opportunities. However, the low retention rate among these workers has been an ongoing challenge for the agency. A researcher and Master in Public Policy candidate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cassandra Agbayani, conducted a policy analysis for OEWD to explore why retention is so difficult to promote and what promising strategies could be replicated in San Francisco.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Partners Reap Results with Career Training Model

Posted on July 13, 2018

Grand Rapids Business Journal

A career-training program founded in 2006 quietly has been building a network of partners and services to meet two needs—workforce development and income security for underemployed and unemployed adults. Grand Rapids-based West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) started its adult career-training program in 2006, a year after the nonprofit was formed.

Topics: community development, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, career training

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Topics: community development, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, career training

Mile High United Way Invests $6 Million and Selects 100 Strategic Investment Grant Partners

Posted on July 12, 2018

United Way

Mile High United Way is proud to award $6 million in the 2018-2020 Strategic Investment Grants to 100 of the highest-performing organizations in Metro Denver. These selected partners are implementing strategies directly aligned with Mile High United Way’s four Community Impact Goals and demonstrate impact with measurable outcomes. Working together, we will be changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in our community.

Topics: community development, impact investing, good jobs

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Topics: community development, impact investing, good jobs

Operator Sees 5% Retention Increase through Multifaceted Approach to Workforce Issues

Posted on June 27, 2018

By McKnight's Senior Living

Recruiting and retaining employees is a challenge across all of senior living and post-acute care. One operator based in Colorado, where a 2.8% unemployment rate makes competition for high-quality workers especially great, is taking a multifaceted approach to address workforce issues.

Denver-based not-for-profit Christian Living Communities has rolled out several programs that the operator says already have resulted in a 5% increase in retention in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the turnover rate in 2017.

Topics: innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, good jobs, case studies, employee retention

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Topics: innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, good jobs, case studies, employee retention