Cincinnati Works’ anti-poverty impact? $35 million

Jamie Dimon and John Barrett

Jamie Dimon and John Barrett’s fireside chat

For 20 years, Cincinnati Works has fought poverty through employment.

In dollars and cents, that translates to nearly $35 million in increased incomes, sales tax collections and reduced use of public services, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center.  

Cincinnati Works celebrated its 20th anniversary at a luncheon at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. The keynote speaker, Jamie Dimon, CEO and chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co., discussed 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,” said Dimon. “Programs like this are the lifeblood of strong and vibrant cities.”

Cincinnati Works president Peggy Zink thanked fellow service organizations for helping her organization pursue its purpose.
“Cincinnati Works does not accomplish its mission alone,” she said. “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 they need.”

Dave Herche, CEO and chairman of Enerfab and chairman of Cincinnati Works, expressed gratitude to the network of investors that funds operations for the organization.

In addition to the fiscal value provided, the economics report found that during the 20 years Cincinnati Works has been in operation:

  • More than 7,100 members (clients) completed JumpStart training, a course focused on soft skills such as interview etiquette and work ethic.
  • A total of 5,813 members gained employment in top industries. This involved more than 9,000 total job placements.

Click on a thumbnail below to view photo gallery from the event.

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