by Jay Spector, President & CEO
The pandemic and recession are hitting many people hard—taking jobs and financial security away and threatening vulnerable families in the Philadelphia region. As a member of the JEVS community, you know many of our neighbors are already living on the edge and face challenges finding work in the best of times.
This is a crisis like never before, and to meet it, JEVS is launching a response like never before—the Let’s Get Philly to Work campaign. Our ambitious 3-part plan builds on JEVS’ successful programs to help job seekers build skills to enter—or re-enter—the job market, plus the wraparound services families need at this most critical time.
Our plan will:
- Ramp up skills training and job readiness programs
- Close the digital divide by providing laptops, tablets, and instruction in using them
- Help with basic necessities—so the focus can be on employment
So why JEVS? We have an 80-year track record helping people prepare for, find and keep good jobs. Right now, we have the right mix of services designed to help our region build skills and get ahead. If you are a regular reader of e-Inside JEVS, you know that we quickly pivoted our in-person services and found new and creative ways to support our students, job seekers and clients. Our challenge is making sure that we can meet demand. Frankly, we have never seen a situation like the one we face today but I know we can deliver the services most needed.
Speaking of challenge, if you would like to join us in our Let’s Get to Work plan, you can make a gift of any size here. With your generosity, we will rise to meet the moment.
Together, we can make a powerful difference in the lives of so many people. Let’s get to work.