Ways to Work Program Launches
Medina County, OH. In light of one of the tightest labor markets in recent decades, Medina County officials are tackling a significant barrier to people getting jobs: adequate transportation to a place of employment.
Through a grant received from the Summit/Medina Workforce Area Board, Medina County Economic Development Corporation and a coalition of organizations including OhioMeansJobs|Medina County, Medina County Job and Family Services, United Way of Summit & Medina, Medina County Public Transit, and others are launching a pilot program where participants will be put into a vanpool to get to work.
“Our companies in all sectors need employees, and we want to see every Medina County resident that wants to get a job be able to have a good one. If all that is standing in their way is transportation, we want to find a way to provide it,” said Kathy Breitenbucher, Economic Developer with the Medina County Economic Development Corporation. “The funding received through the Workforce Area Board will be invaluable in helping us get the pilot program up and running.”
“What makes this program so interesting from a regional and state perspective is each participant will be placed into a career-oriented position and not have to be concerned with how to get to their workplace. We look forward to partnering with many organizations throughout the county to help their clients get to work. We know this program will be a win for everyone,” said Christine Marshall, Executive Director of the Summit/Medina Workforce Area Board and funder.
Once someone is selected for the program, they will be assigned into a carpool group and will be transported to work. They will be required to attend sessions with the United Way of Summit / Medina County Financial Empowerment Center to help them manage the money they are now making in order to afford a vehicle themselves.
“We are very happy to help work people through this program and move them out to make room for the next person who needs the help. We are excited to see how many people can be helped through this program,” said Paul Khacherian, Director of Community Impact in Medina County with United Way of Summit & Medina.
Applications to participate are available online at https://everybodyworksmedinacounty.org/ways-to-work-application/ or can be mailed to interested parties for paper submission by calling 330-722-2915.
Kathy Breitenbucher – 144 N. Broadway Street, Suite 119 • Medina, OH 44256