Central Iowa Works
Since 2007 the Community Foundation has provided leadership and funding for the Central Iowa Works Funders Collaborative, a $400,000 public-private partnership, to identify regional workforce challenges and develop common solutions within each sector. The Community Foundation funds are matched and/or co-invested with funds from government, business and other philanthropic donors. The intent is to support education and training programs that meet identified market needs and link unemployed and underemployed workers with high-quality job opportunities. The effort also addresses such issues as adult education, entrepreneurship, and small business development.
The program focuses on placing people into jobs that have career paths and pay livable wages, and the project has developed workforce partnerships that bring together employers and other key stakeholders from selected industries. The goal is to develop innovations to improve workforce development strategies and career-advancement opportunities for low-wage or disenfranchised workers.