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Sustainable Workforce Model launches in Omaha following successful pilot program

Posted on May 1, 2019

We're thrilled to announce the launch of a new Sustainable Workforce Model program, expanding access to Resource Navigators in Omaha, Nebraska. The Greater Omaha WorkLab (GrOW) is now offering our unique model of frontline worker support to Omaha-area employers looking to support, engage, and retain their employees.The program is launching within the Greater Omaha Chamber with a three-year grant from Lozier Corporation.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, community development, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, community development, workforce development, good jobs

Employers develop common job app

Posted on April 26, 2019

Grand Rapids Business Journal


A local employee support organization and four employers have teamed to help job seekers save one of their most precious commodities: time.

Four West Michigan employers — Butterball Farms and Wolverine Coil Spring in Grand Rapids, Cascade Engineering in Cascade Township and Zeeland Lumber & Supply based in Zeeland — have created a common employment application by which job seekers can apply for open positions at any of the four employers.

Topics: barriers to employment, employers, workforce equality, diversity & inclusion, labor pipeline, workforce development, economic opportunity

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Topics: barriers to employment, employers, workforce equality, diversity & inclusion, labor pipeline, workforce development, economic opportunity

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

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

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

Developing local solutions to help low-income workers succeed

Posted on April 17, 2018

Colorado Springs Gazette

For some, the U.S. economy is humming along: unemployment is at its lowest level since before the Great Recession, wages are improving, and the economic expansion that began in 2009 is poised to become the second-longest period of economic growth in our nation's history.

At the same time, many others feel financial uncertainty. For them, the  American Dream remains far out of reach. They're unsure about where they fit into today's economy. In today's changing economy, workers who have traditionally struggled to find well-paid, meaningful work need access to better opportunities. But to really expand economic opportunity for everyone, it's important to think beyond the simple metric of more jobs.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, WorkLab leadership

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, WorkLab leadership