Towards Employment continues to provide essential services to new job seekers, current participants and TE alumni. We are working in coordination with community partners and local governmental offices like Cuyahoga County Jobs and Family Services, United Way of Greater Cleveland and Ohio Means Jobs | Cuyahoga County to make sure that those looking for work can connect to the new workforce needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During these times of uncertainty, TE is steadfast in making sure job needs and supports for TE participants and alumni is still provided. While we are working virtually to match job seekers, we know that as the dust settles from this pandemic, with over 100,000 individuals filing for unemployment in Ohio already, the need for career services will be greater than ever! We need YOU to help by taking action on these advocacy opportunities TODAY so TE participants and alumni can make it through this epidemic and continue on their career pathway once the economy gets back on track.
Congress is preparing a trillion dollar economic relief package. We call on Congress to include $60 billion to help public charities keep their doors open and to continue to provide help in communities. TAKE ACTION HERE
Towards Employment is supporting these national United Way recommendations for inclusion in the relief package:
- $100 million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to assist public and nonprofit providers provide vulnerable populations with access to food and social distancing shelter.
- A universal charitable deduction until 2021 to counter the expected downturn in charitable giving due to the crisis and subsequent recession/depression.
- $100 million in funding for a national 211 network, which is experiencing unprecedented call volume. Newly unemployed are calling who aren’t familiar with how to access social services, which lengthens call and wait times. 211 navigators across the country are stretched beyond capacity and need additional resources.
- Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit to help struggling families.
Workforce services and basic need supports are needed now more than ever.
Check out the National Skills Coalition is making recommendations on how to support job seekers during this pandemic. They believe Congress should:
- Remove all barriers to our nation’s safety net
- Provide comprehensive income, healthcare, and re-training support to all displaced workers: Guarantee access to income replacement, healthcare, and re-training for any displaced worker, including contingent workers.
- Help small and mid-sized business avert layoffs
- Address immediate shortages in industries needed to respond to crisis
- Update education and training policies to respond to marketplace disruption
- Create jobs
Thank YOU for taking action that will allow Towards Employment to continue to serve job seekers in this time of great need!