Cincinnati Works recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of fighting poverty through employment at a hugely successful luncheon at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Results were released from a University of Cincinnati Economics Center study (found here) indicating that Cincinnati Works has provided the community a value of $35 million in the from of increased incomes, sales tax collections, and reduced use of public services. The event’s keynote speaker Jamie Dimon, CEO and chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co, a long-time supporter of Cincinnati Works, spoke about the relationship between poverty and the economy.

“I’m looking forward to helping Cincinnati Works celebrate two decades of connecting job seekers with employers offering a fair wage and good benefits,” says JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon. “Programs like this are the lifeblood of strong and vibrant cities.”

Cincinnati Works President Peggy Zink thanked the network of fellow service organizations that make it possible for Cincinnati Works to carry out its mission. Zink says, “Cincinnati Works does not accomplish its mission alone.” She continues, “As we celebrate the tremendous impact Cincinnati Works has had on the community over the last 20 years, we want to thank both our employer partners that provide Cincinnati Works Members gainful employment opportunities and the strong network of partner organizations that ensure Members working their way out of poverty receive all the support that they need.”

Dave Herche, CEO and chairman of Enerfab and chairman of Cincinnati Works, expressed gratitude to the network of investors that fund the ongoing operations of Cincinnati Works. Herche says, “It is the individuals, corporations, and foundations who invest in Cincinnati Works that ensure that these life-changing services will continue to be available to more and more families in need.” Herche continues, “We give the utmost gratitude to all of our investors, including JPMorgan Chase & CoUnited Way of Greater Cincinnati, and the City of Cincinnati.”

Over these past 20 years we’ve helped over 5,800 people start on the road to self-sufficiency. We are dedicated to the fight to end poverty and you can help accelerate the change by giving today! Your support offers even more people the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.

Together, we can make poverty history.

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Check out Members sharing their inspiring success stories of employment and personal support to overcome barriers, stabilize, and move ahead with the help of Cincinnati Works!

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