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Local non-profits make up an important part of the business community. We're highlighting several that have a hand in solving one of the most pressing issues in the region: workforce availability. Consider supporting non-profits that are developing and upskilling today and tomorrow’s workforce, or that serve as a community resource to support the workforce.

Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation

The Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle supporting programs and resources for current and future working populations. Assistance is provided to patrons in many forms, including the use of the Library’s Technology Commons to create and submit resumes and apply for jobs, funding for subscriptions to online continuing education opportunities like and and a unique early childhood literacy program. The Library Foundation is helping to prepare adults and youth for whatever their future holds, whether that means further education or entering the workforce.

Four Oaks

Four Oaks creates programs that are focused on assisting students in understanding the impact of their behavior choices and practicing self-management skills in order to help them successfully increase their chances for future success. They empower children- the future workforce, and families to achieve stability, self-sufficiency and permanency.

Goodwill of the Heartland

Goodwill of the Heartland aids in helping people with employment barriers by creating training programs designed to help individuals obtain and keep competitive jobs. Goodwill serves individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors, youth facing employment challenges, people overcoming substance abuse and other struggles like history of incarceration, immigrants and refugees with language barriers; those that may be unemployed or underemployed and lacking job skills and work experience for a variety of reasons. In 2017, Goodwill provided nearly 82,000 job training hours at its stores and contract work sites. It also placed 721 people in community jobs.

Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development

Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development (Iowa Valley RC&D) works with rural communities in Eastern Iowa to improve local economies through place-based improvements for public spaces, planning for downtown districts, and connecting leaders to new public and private funding streams.

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa prepares students for the job market by providing hands-on learning activities to explore careers, learn about the skills needed and how to earn and keep a job in the 21st century. Junior Achievement programs bring together the business and education communities to ensure new entrants into the workforce possess the skills and competencies needed to effectively compete in the 21st century.

The Arc of East Central Iowa

The mission of The Arc of East Central Iowa is to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to engage in lifelong opportunities to live, learn, work and play with dignity, freedom and full inclusion in their communities. The Arc serves individuals that have unique challenges, so very often, parents of the individuals can continue to work and do not have to rely on government programs and entitlements. Project Search is a successful program that uses a combination of classroom instruction coupled with workplace internships for 12 individuals over a nine-month period to prepare them for competitive employment.

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