United Way

Provide Coaching and Job Readiness Training to Remove Employment Barriers

Did you know that 40% of working-age adults in Hardin County are unemployed, yet our region is experiencing increasing demand for nonprofit services and a shortage of entry-level workers? United Way of Central Kentucky is bringing our community together to bridge the gap between those in need and the hundreds of job opportunities available in our region. Our Way to Work program takes poverty personally with a research based, one-on-one approach for moving families to self-sufficiency through employment. Change does not happen alone, and poverty is expensive as it hinders the growth of our local economy while employers face a shortage of reliable entry-level workers. In addition to this cost, research shows that job seekers who are chronically unemployed or underemployed face multiple barriers which may include health, childcare, and transportation challenges. Through our collaborative network, Way to Work will connect local businesses to prospective employees who have completed a background check, drug test, Job Readiness Workshop, and are receiving wraparound support from partner agencies. An investment of $10,000 will provide 2 Way to Work Members with personalized coaching and coordinated services for a year. Together we can find a better way to address the complex issue of poverty.

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