The Chamber Foundation, in partnership with The ELM Foundation, is pleased to announce a new job search feature available to users of the Madison County Charity Tracker Platform. Developed by Simon Solutions, Charity Tracker is an online case management tool that brings together more than 200 social service agencies in our community and enables cross-agency assistance to citizens in need.
The mission of this initiative is to assist our local companies in finding capable workers and to empower members of our community by improving their quality of life and financial stability. “In the work that we do, we definitely encounter men and women who are either unemployed or underemployed and a lot of what we do is just helping them get ready for employment,” said Debbi Akers, Executive Director of The Cornerstone Initiative. “We see some incredible men and women that have great skills.” For these individuals, meaningful, stable employment is one of the most critical components for ensuring long term self-sufficiency.
By connecting our social service community with employers actively seeking workers, case managers are able to better connect and direct their clients who are seeking gainful employment with opportunities that align to their skills and abilities. “Corporations will be able to put jobs that will be directed at the participants that we serve, jobs … that will be good for our clients, maybe entry level jobs or jobs that train. It will be easy for our case manager to see the jobs and assist immediately the participant that they are meeting with that day,” shared Missy Hanks, Executive Director of The ELM Foundation.
This connection also allows employers to share job opportunities with a population of individuals that otherwise may not know where to find their jobs or how to complete the application process. Especially during a tight labor market, this is valuable to employers. “Being able to connect the nonprofits with our jobs that we have available is going to be so valuable, not just to us but hopefully to the nonprofits as well,” said Bekah Schmidt, Corporate Communications Analyst for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama.
Dorothy Havens has seen the need and impact of these partnerships first-hand as Director of Workforce Development for KTECH. “Take some of those populations that are many times overlooked and you can give them a chance to change their family tree; give them a chance to be the first one that has opportunities that no one else in their family had,” shared Havens.
There is no cost for a company to post positions on Charity Tracker. To register and begin posting positions, visit huntsvilleal.charitytracker.net. For questions, please contact Lyndsay Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org.