With the unemployment rate in Massachusetts hovering around 8.7%, it can be difficult to believe that there are some local jobs sitting open due to lack of qualified candidates. In places like inbound marketing firm Hubspot and Tewksbury's Raytheon unit, it's a reality HR professionals are seeing more and more. Journalist Curt Nickisch, explored this issue in a recent story on WBUR, saying: read more »
The Boston Globe ran an interesting piece yesterday about the growing number of individuals whose full-time jobs have become part-time due to company cut-backs. Often, in a tough economy, our first thoughts go to those who have lost their jobs due to layoffs. This article details the transition many families have been going through as their hours, and their paychecks, begin diminishing. read more »
Given this economy, agencies are seeing an increase in enrollees in their financial education classes – especially people who are low income.
So, how do communities meet the increased demand due to these economic times?
At an over-capacity workshop for trainers of community-based financial education, well-respected and nationally known facilitator Inger Giuffrida attempted to answer this question this week, by offering practical tools for both designing and measuring programs that make a tangible difference in people’s lives. read more »
For the last several months I've been following a blog headed up by the Crittenton Women's Union, a United Way partner agency. I keep meaning to flag it for all of you as it's can be really enthralling.
The Live, Work, Thrive blog talks about the issues facing local women and families, paths to financial stability, options for parents, and the like. What really stands out to me about this blog though is what they call "Personal Journeys," first-person accounts from women who have been helped by Crittendon programs. read more »
In last Saturday's Globe Jonathan Scott, a partner of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, wrote a compelling letter in reaction to the town of Yarmouth's policies to shut down motels that house guests for more than 30 days. Jonathan writes of the reality that many homeless families have had to resort to renting rooms in motels due to a lack of affordable alternatives (in some cases they end up there on their own, in others they are sent there by the state because regular shelter beds are full).
Bear with me, but before I go on with my point I want to just imagine that for a second. Living with my little kids on the side of a busy road, no kitchen, maybe no refrigerator, my family and friends are all somewhere else. read more »
As Meghan said in her last blog, the United Way of America (UWA) recently unveiled what they are calling The Common Good Report which identifies three broad issue areas that UWA believes are the essential building blocks to a successful life, these being education, income and health, and goes on to articulate four indicators within
each of those categories, which they plan to track over time. More importantly though, is the fact that in this report and the communication that has accompanied it both in the press and at the UWA Community Leaders Conference, UWA has put forward what I consider to be both very bold and very specific goals around what they are commiting to achieve in the next ten years. Cutting to the chase, these goals are: read more »
In response to my colleague, Meghan's post "what gets measured, gets done" and the interview that she linked us to, I thought about my benefit bike ride last summer (it is Springtime!). In training, I needed to "measure" miles per ride, rides per week, etc., so I could "get done" the benefit ride - my goal. Some people might relate to measuring calories, carbs, fat, sugar, and/or protein for the goal of good health...or measuring progress toward writing a research paper in school...narrowing focus, doing research, connecting with experts and practitioners, then, writing the paper and have someone else review it before the due date - so eventually, you can pass the class, receive the degree, and get a decent job... read more »
You may remember Paola's excellent post back in February that noted tenants of multi-family buildings being foreclosed were being impacted by the crisis in our community. I've just now come across an article in Banker & Tradesman that finds strong evidence of this negative impact. They found there were 306 foreclosed properties in the first quarter of this year, with 131 (or 43%) involving two- and three-family homes. A further cause for concern is that 171 of the 306 foreclosed properties were in Dorchester, and the second highest number (31) occurred in Roxbury. This obviously is alarming considering these are two of Boston's most diverse communities with a history of economic challenges... read more »