Kevin Alin, our director of regional engagement, observes how increasingly in Northeast Ohio, employment is contingent upon having reliable access to a vehicle. Without one, many jobseekers are stuck in a cycle of no car, no job, no job, no car.
Our 2016 annual report celebrates our Fund as a "learning laboratory" where philanthropy of all stripes comes together to learn with and from one another, and to test and advance new initiatives that can result in improved job creation, job preparation and job access.
Bethia Burke, the Fund's director of strategy and resource allocation, implores: Let's find ways to work together and use resources more efficiently so individuals can access a well-balanced set of workforce services. The WorkAdvance model is a good place to start.
"We need to start by seeing and acknowledging the systemic inequity that exists in every setting," writes Christine Mayer, president of GAR Foundation. "Only after that honest reckoning can we begin to strategize on how we can create different, more equitable outcomes."
Our Chair Brian Frederick, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County, reflects on a racial equity workshop he recently attended and how we might really internalize diversity, inclusion and equity.
Jeffrey Kruth, a senior urban designer at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, advocates for multimodal transit-friendly development and investment, the creation of new job centers, and sustainable green infrastructure at the scale of the neighborhoods along Opportunity Corridor.