Each year, Towards Employment helps over 2000 people to connect to careers in our community by serving as support for people looking to find good jobs.
Your generosity provides training and support for individuals to get a job that can lead to a long-term career. Job stability can be transformative for participants and their families — with your help, we can strengthen Greater Cleveland families and our community.
Why support Towards Employment
TE offers training and certification courses covering foundational job skills, digital and financial literacy, and industry certifications. TE provides access to a network of more than 300 employment partners in numerous industries. We also offer complimentary resources including transportation passes, professional clothing, and other supportive services.
ways to give
Donate today to help us continue to support Clevelanders struggling to make ends meet with career services and robust wraparound supports adapted to this current environment.
Make a difference in the life of a TE participant by:
Call or Mail a Check
Call Adaora Schmiedl at (216) 696-7310
Mail Checks to:
Attn: Adaora Schmiedl
P.O. Box 6687
Cleveland, OH 44101
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REAL PEOPLE, REAL STORIES
"Towards Employment helps to build confidence. They gave me the reassurance that I can go a little bit further, that I can challenge myself to finish. They help remind people they’re not alone, that this is a process."
Help TE connect people to careers by volunteering! Become part of the TE team and directly assist in various parts of our organization either in-person, or virtually.
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Towards Employment partners with many different local organizations to provide volunteering opportunities for their staff. Talk to us about group volunteer opportunities for your organization or business!
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Towards Employment Annual Events
Each year TE hosts a fundraising event to help support our mission of connecting people to careers.
2022 Annual Event
Every year, Towards Employment helps over 2,000 people get in the game with a personal career pathway – a game plan to prepare for a job, get a job, keep a job, and advance into a career.
On Friday, September 20, at the Westin Cleveland Downtown, we highlighted Clevelanders who got in the game – those who found long-term employment with opportunities to advance.
2022 Annual Event
2020 was a difficult year for many. COVID cases spiked, businesses continued to shut their doors, and the unemployment rate kept climbing, but we KNEW we had to find a way to fundraise.
And then, an idea was born...TE's Got Talent, our first-ever virtual event! While we couldn't gather as a whole, people were able to join from the safety of their homes. Our donors, volunteers, staff, and friends really showed up to support Cleveland's workforce talent when it meant the most.
2022 Annual Event
Toward Employment celebrated their 16th annual event, A Chance To Advance, on September 10th 2021 at Music Box Supper Club! The event included a concert by a local CLE band: Blue Lunch, drawing of the Chance to Dream Raffle, and the Take A Chance on CLE silent auction. This was Toward Employment's first hybrid experience where guests attended both in person and virtually! Click the button below to view videos and photos from this event.
2022 Annual Event
Toward Employment celebrated their 17th annual event, A Chance To Advance, on June 3rd at Music Box Supper Club! The event included a concert by a local CLE band: Blue Lunch, drawing of the Chance to Dream Raffle, and the Take A Chance on CLE silent auction. This was Toward Employment's second hybrid experience where guests attended both in person and virtually! Click the button below to view videos and photos from this event.
2023 Annual Event
Toward Employment celebrated their 18th annual event, A Chance To Advance: Pay it Forward, on June 7th at the Agora Theatre!
The event included a concert by a local CLE band: Blue Lunch, drawing of the Chance to Dream Raffle, and the Take A Chance on CLE silent auction. This was Toward Employment's second hybrid experience where guests attended both in person and virtually! Click the button below to view videos and photos from this event.
Towards Employment Young Professionals
We welcome all young professionals to get involved!
Towards Employment Young Professionals (TEYP) brings young professionals together to increase awareness and understanding of TE’s mission in the community and to build support for the organization. TEYP members actively participate in building community, networking, fundraising, and volunteer activities.
Leadership & Board Opportunities
Grow, and exercise your leadership skills by planning fundraising activities and events with the opportunity to become a TEYP Board Member. TEYP is a great opportunity to further your career path, or add value to your resume.
TEYP Bocce to Knock Down Barriers
TEYP hosted their 2nd annual Bocce to Knock Down Barriers tournament and fundraising event on July 29th, 2022 to raise funds towards the TE mission!
Several teams battled it out at Alta House located in Little Italy, Cleveland to become the Bocce champions! The 2022 tournament winner was "Bocce Balboa" with second place taken by team "Double Sugar".
The evening was filled with good food, laughter, and friendly competition! TEYP is looking forward to next year's Bocce fundraiser. Thank you to our sponsors, and everyone who participated!
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