A trained and skilled workforce is essential to Baltimore’s health and economic growth. We support programs that train low-income, unemployed, and underemployed job seekers and help them find and keep jobs that pay family-sustaining wages.
We prioritize programs that:
Link Baltimore residents with criminal records to employment
Help trainees earn industry-recognized certifications and secure employment in high growth/high demand industries
Provide paid work experience through internships or on-the-job training
Provide essential workplace skills training
Focus on improving digital, math, and reading skills
Promote job retention and career advancement
Engage employers that are committed to providing family-sustaining wages and benefits
Connect program participants to needed services such as free tax preparation and transportation
Advocate for policies that remove barriers to employment and increase earnings for low-income families
Photo courtesy of Wide Angle Media for Vehicles for Change.
Case Study: Vehicles for Change
Without regular access to reliable transportation, it’s almost impossible to get and maintain employment. Since 1999, the Abell Foundation has supported Vehicles for Change (VFC) in making low-cost cars available to low-income job seekers in Baltimore City, fueling economic opportunity.
To date, VFC has trained over 175 individuals, boasting a 90% completion rate, a 98% job placement rate of program graduates, an average starting wage of $17.50 per hour, and a 95% one-year employment retention rate, although not all graduates are employed at their original job placement.
Photo courtesy of Wide Angle Media for Civic Works Center for Sustainable Careers.
Case Study: Civic Works Center for Sustainable Careers
Civic Works’ Baltimore Center for Sustainable Careers (CSC) was founded on the belief that the growing green economy has the potential to address two of Baltimore’s challenges: high levels of unemployment, particularly among returning citizens and aging housing stock that is energy inefficient, fossil fuel reliant, and contains environmental contaminants.
Child support enforcement practices fuel a cycle of poverty and instability for low-income parents and families. This Abell Report examines the data and recommends strategies Maryland can adopt to reform its child support system.