Partnerships That Work: National Service and Business in Welfare to Work
An Effective Practice
This National Service Fellows study examines the opportunities and challenges of national service/business partnerships in welfare-to-work programs. Welfare reform is explained in detail, and reports are provided about several national service welfare-to-work programs, as well as how businesses have been running similar programs. The author also discusses possible models and ideas for national service-business relationships. An extensive resource guide for welfare-to-work programs is included.
Goal / Mission
This study addresses how to use national service to build effective welfare-to-work programs, and to encourage business collaborations. Two major suggestions are partnering with Employer Advisory Groups and generating national level support.
Results / Accomplishments
The following results are based on a study conducted by the independent research organization Westat, surveying 3,368 AmeriCorps*VISTA members in 700 projects for welfare to work activities: 1,400 businesses agreed to hire 2600 unemployed individuals; 770 businesses were created or expanded; 430 individuals and businesses obtained capital for development; 3,700 individuals were placed into employment at an average wage of $6.77.
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Corporation for National and Community Service
(202) 606-5000, ext. 571
Economy / Employment
Social Environment / Social & Civic Involvement
- Corporation for National and Community Service, National Service Fellowship Program
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- Target Audience
- Teens, Families