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Economic Impact

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

28

Cincinnati residents living in poverty in 2017

46

Cincinnati children living in poverty in 2017

445

who earned jobs in 2017

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.

Success Stories

Success Stories
September 5, 2018

Ebony Marshall

As a child with an independent streak in a large family that moved often, Ebony Marshall has struggled with her self-identity. It fueled her work ethic in the classroom and…
Success Stories
May 6, 2018

Rayshun Holt

After spending 21 years in prison in the prime of his life, Rayshun Holt returned to a familiar neighborhood with familiar challenges in a rapidly changing city. From professional sports…
Success Stories
December 12, 2018

Yolanda Gray

From ‘broken’ to stable … and still striving In her role overseeing the paint department at a local Home Depot, Yolanda Gray meets a new cast of characters every day.…

Blog & News

Blog
March 31, 2020

Stimulus Package and Other Resources

The Federal Government recently passed the CARES Act, a $2 trillion stimulus package that includes multiple benefits for individuals, including a check sent directly to you and expanded unemployment benefits.…
Blog
March 23, 2020

Resources to Help During COVID-19 Emergency

Based on the latest health recommendations, we have temporarily closed our downtown office and shifted our resources to remote coaching and assistance. We are not able to accept new Members…
Blog
March 14, 2020

Adjusting our Services During COVID-19 Emergency

UPDATE, March 18: Based on the latest health recommendations, our office is temporarily closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Current Members are encouraged to contact their coach and…

Testimonials