The Center for Working Families relies on the generosity of the community to fund full scholarships for at-risk adults to be transformed with marketable skills in less than four weeks. With recent extra expenses incurred in our merger and program expansion, we need your help more than ever. We welcome your financial donations of any size and kind. Your tax-deductible gift ensures our continued success in opening doors and transforming lives.
WHY I GIVE TO TCWFI:
Having been a Atlanta resident for more than 40 years, I’ve seen an amazing amount of growth and development in our city. From the days when the Hyatt Regency’s blue-bubble roof towered over downtown, to the new high-rises and mixed-used developments that now dot the city, much has changed. But some things have not. There are still families who can’t support themselves,individuals who want to earn a sustainable wage but face more barriers than they know how to overcome. I saw that daily in my career at the state and Federal level, helping local agencies and organization help those very people get on their feet and on a career path. And that’s what ultimately led me to join the Board of Directors at the Center for Working Families, Inc. (TCWFI).
I moved to Atlanta in 2014 to join the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Community and Economic Development group. In my professional capacity, I conduct research on employment trends and policies that support economic opportunity and economic mobility – and my focus is primarily on workforce development efforts. My work takes me across the country and the southeast to engage with workforce development programs and non-profits supporting workers looking to improve their skills and abilities for work. I have seen that communities that have effective non-profit organizations that help to train and get workers into jobs are not only provide greater opportunities for all residents, but are also more economically competitive.
As a new resident, I was interested in getting involved in the community as well. I happened to meet members of the staff and board of the Center for Working Families as they were going through the executive director search that ultimately found Che Watkins. I was very impressed with the organization and the two generation approach that the center embraced to support adults as well as children through high quality early childhood education. The coaching model of the organization, which meets clients where they are and develops individualized strategies to career advancement was impressive to me.
I had a few opportunities to work with the Center and ultimately joined the board in the summer of 2015. Over the time I have been on the board and under Che’s leadership, the organization has continuously improved – launching sectoral training programs in construction, hospitality and customer service, and healthcare. These programs not only provide quality job opportunities to clients, but make metro Atlanta a more vibrant and competitive economy. The Center also merged with New Hope Enterprises in early 2017, bringing the proven STRIVE model to the joined organization and increasing the capacity of the new organization to serve a broader number of neighborhoods across the metro area.
But programs like the sectoral training programs, career coaching, and STRIVE rely on significant individual and philanthropic investment to expand and reach more people. The cutting edge programs at the Center for Working Families (and they are cutting edge!) need support from the community to continue to reach the high potential residents and neighbors who need the extra training and development that the Center offers. This is why I support the Center for Working Families and I hope that you will too.
By making a gift today you are saying:
- I BELIEVE in empowering families
- I VALUE the impact family success has on communities
- I AFFIRM that individuals should have access and opportunities to reach their full potential
- I SUPPORT working families!
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Checks can be mailed to:
The Center for Working Families, Inc.
ATTN: Peggy Johnson
477 Windsor Street, SW Suite 101
Atlanta, GA 30312