Fund grantee Towards Employment chooses to be extraordinary. In this blog, Executive Director Jill Rizika shares how Towards Employment is working to advance the job preparation priorities laid out in our Two Tomorrows report.
Shari Harrell, president of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, writes about her task as a Foundation leader in addressing racial inequities: "I must consider my role as a gatekeeper and find ways to be different and to do better."
Heather Roszczyk, our Fund's Akron Entrepreneurship Fellow, dispels myths about the entrepreneurship scene there and shares insights on why now's a great time to start something in Akron, in this post for the Meeting of the Minds blog.
ideastream's latest Listening Project focused on the Northeast Ohio community's sentiments on poverty. Mike Shafarenko, formerly of the Fund and now manager of civic engagement, web and social media at ideastream, shares some of the interesting conclusions that emerged through the process.
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.
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.