In June 2020, United Way’s Board of Directors approved grants to three local nonprofit agency programs fighting to reduce barriers to employment and advancement.
Employ Milwaukee, Inc.
United Way is funding one element of HITCH and the “Work Supports” strategy. The focus will be on low intensive coaching, transportation, and isolated cases of emergency childcare needs. The goal is to ease the stress of individuals as they transition from unemployment or training to the demands of permanent long-term employment.
Metro GO, Inc.
(DBA Regional Transit Leadership Council)
The long-term goal of this project is to develop a launch-ready pilot program in which non-traditional mobility options, such as on-demand rideshare and on-demand van services move people across long distances more rapidly and reliably than traditional transit alone.
Milwaukee Community Business Collaborative, Inc.
(DBA Milwaukee JobsWork)
Pathways to Healthcare Careers is a program designed to help individuals advance into positions offering livable wages in the high-demand healthcare field.
A gift to the Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement initiative will help United Way and our partners close the employment gap and significantly reduce barriers and challenges to stable employment for diverse individuals across our region.
Additionally, a percentage of the funds from this initiative have been earmarked as future support for programs responding directly to COVID-19 related unemployment issues.