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40,000 Partners Wanted.
Will you be one of them?

Change begins with one. One organization, one person, one action can change the story for our region's job seekers.

On any given day, 40,000 people in our region are unemployed or underemployed. Their struggle to find or keep employment doesn’t just impact them. It has real consequences on families, on communities, and on the overall economic health of the region.

We are counting on our partners - we're counting on you -  to help us step up and help change the story for the men and women who want a solid career. It’s time for all of us to commit to making a difference. 

The facts about our unemployed and underemployed: 

  • 55 percent are men
  • 9 percent are 24 years old or younger; 26 percent are older than 55
  • 12 percent hold less than a high school diploma; 5 percent hold at least a master’s degree
  • 39 percent are minority
  • 7 percent are veterans
  • 6 percent have prior criminal offenses

These individuals bring a wide range of skills and experiences to businesses seeking a skilled workforce. 

We need you - our region’s business community, community organizations, workforce and economic development agencies, educators and training providers, the philanthropic community, elected officials and policy makers  - to commit to helping people get to work by any number of ways.

Actions can be as simple as talking about your job with a young person to as complex as hiring a job seeker with a criminal background.

We're ready to step up to the plate. We're ready to make a promise to help these people on the path to a bright future. Won't you join us? 

Let's get to work.

Join the 40,000 for 40,000 campaign