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Cincinnati Works has provided a value of $35 Million by reducing reliance on social services and increasing incomes and sales tax collections.
In 2016, we commissioned a study from The University of Cincinnati Economics Center that determined Cincinnati Works has returned more than $35 million in value to Greater Cincinnati over our first 20 years of operation. That value continues to compound through a reduced reliance on social services and increased tax payments among Members who achieved and retained employment with the assistance of our services.
Not included in this number is the reduction of money spent on incarceration. Imprisoning just one inmate costs $25,814 annually. A 2013 UC Economics Center study determined that being a Cincinnati Works Member reduced the probability of a felony indictment by nearly 50 percent.
Research & Stats
We Know Poverty
Since we opened our doors in 1996, Cincinnati Works has helped more than 7,500 of our neighbors find stable employment. Our work has been recognized in national publications such as The Almanac of American Philanthropy, The Harvard Business Review and Stephen Covey’s The 3rd Alternative. Our business model was awarded a 2009 Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award and it has been replicated in more than 20 cities across the United States.
Co-founder Liane Phillips documented the launch of Cincinnati Works and the lessons she and her husband, Dave, learned along the way in the book, Why Don’t They Just Get a Job.
President & CEO Peggy Zink recently wrote a whitepaper on why and how local leaders should invest in support for the working poor.
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“Cincinnati Works helped me figure out me. They gave me the courage to reach for something that I thought was out of my element. Without them I would have never been able to do it.”
– Melanie, CW Member
“Today, I am a driven young woman who works hard, has a wonderful job that will lead into a career, and is now a college graduate. If someone would have asked me four years ago if I could imagine myself being the woman I am today, I do not think I would have answered positively.”
– Jariah, CW Member
“Cincinnati Works changed my life. They helped me get my life back.”
– Glen, CW Member / Phoenix Program
“I know that when I interview a Cincinnati Works Member for one of our positions, he or she will shine above the rest of the candidates. They will come to the interview polished with an outstanding resume and prepared to answer interview questions. I take great pride in hiring Cincinnati Works Members.”
– Lydia, HR manager for a CW Employer Partner
“The rest of the HR team and I are grateful that we have someone to act as an advocate for our employees outside of us. This is a community resource that makes a difference in the lives of both us as employers and our employees.”
– Yvette, HR manager for a CW Employer Partner
“Having the support of Cincinnati Works has allowed me to be the woman and mother I was called to be. The poverty ends in my generation.”
– April, CW Member
“They allowed me to have some stability and get some confidence in myself and allow me to be a productive citizen in this city that I took so much from, and now I can give back. Cincinnati Works is needed in this community.”
– Ronnell, CW Member / Phoenix Program
“Holistically, whole-heartedly, when you’re with Cincinnati Works, they are working with you to have a better life.”
– Ebony, CW Member
“She pushed me. No, she shoved me. I never had the courage to overcome something like that. Everything I do now, I think, ‘What would she do? What would she tell me?’”
– Yolanda, CW Member speaking about her CW coach
“I cannot say enough good things about your organization. Many community organizations talk a good game, but Cincinnati Works ‘walks the walk.’”