JOTF E-Newsletter

March 2008

The Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) is pleased to bring you the latest edition of its electronic newsletter. The JOTF E-Newsletter includes news, announcements, and information about upcoming events in the Baltimore area that we hope will be of interest to you. If your organization would like to publicize an event, job announcement, or other information, please e-mail: jessica[@]jotf.org.

In this issue:

JOTF NEWS

JOTF in Annapolis for Session '08
PastForward Campaign Provides Resources to Employers on Hiring Ex-Offenders

 

OTHER NEWS

New Report Guides States on Green Job Development
Washington Post, "Educating Adults" (03/18/2008)
Daily Record, "More People Pushed Into Part-Time Work Force" (03/17/2008)
Baltimore Sun, "The poor and the plenty" (03/09/2008)
Democracy Journal, "Pay-As-You-Drive Car Insurance" (Spring 2008)
Wall Street Journal, "More People Pushed Into Part-Time Work Force" (03/08/2008)
New Resource! Maryland Community Services Locator
The Mobility Agenda Provides Resources About Car Financing Research, Opportunities, and News
Ways to Work® Comes to Baltimore

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Greater Homewood Community Corporation to Hold 7th Annual Scrabble Fundraiser for Literacy (04/05/2008)
Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake to Host Career Fair (05/07/2008)

Good Jobs First to Host 3rd National Conference: Reclaiming Economic Development III (05/07-05/08/2008)

 

OPPORTUNITIES

Open Society Institute–Baltimore Call for Proposals: Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap (04/11/2008)
Baltimore CASH Campaign and EarnBenefits of Seedco Seek Two Individuals to Serve as AmeriCorps VISTA Members
Primo Electric Company / Primenet Inc Job Opportunities (March 2008)

 

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JOTF NEWS

JOTF in Annapolis for Session '08

Three of JOTF's legislative initiatives are making significant progress in Annapolis. A bill that would allow for the expungement of nuisance crimes has passed both the House and Senate. The Flexible Leave Act, a measure that would enable workers to use their accrued leave to care for a child, spouse, or parent, has passed the House and Senate and is expected to go to conference committee. A bill to grant unemployment insurance benefits to part-time workers has passed the Senate and awaits approval from the House.

Both the Flexible Leave Act and the bill concerning unemployment insurance for part-time workers were recently featured in a front-page article of the Baltimore Sun. The MD Daily Record and the Baltimore Examiner also ran stories on the Flexible Leave Act.

Maryland's 2008 legislative session will end on Monday, April 7. Click here to view JOTF's public policy agenda and read about other bills in Annapolis. If you would like to be helpful in advocating for any of the above initiatives, please contact Melissa Broome at 410-234-8046.

 

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PastForward Campaign Provides Resources to Employers on Hiring Ex-Offenders

JOTF’s PastForward campaign is dedicated to helping people with criminal backgrounds find stable employment. The campaign encourages employers to hire ex-offenders, and provides an array of resources to help them in the process. Employers who hire ex-offenders may be eligible for state and federal tax credits, as well as federal bonding for at-risk employees. Information on these incentives, and links to agencies that can help with the recruitment and support of ex-offenders, can be found on the campaign website at www.pastforwardmd.org.

In addition to employer resources, the website features success stories of real, hardworking Marylanders who have moved past their criminal record to become outstanding employees and productive members of our community, in addition to commentaries from employers and public officials.

For more information, visit PastForward, or contact JOTF at 410-234-8040.

 

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OTHER NEWS

New Report Guides States on Green Job Development

The green economy holds promise not just for building cleaner energy solutions, but also for workers seeking sustainable jobs with decent wages. The Center on Wisconsin Strategy, in collaboration with the Workforce Alliance and the Apollo Alliance, has just released a new report that talks about the kind and quality of jobs that make up the green economy; the skills needed to fill these jobs; and how existing plants and their workers can move to the center of the clean energy economy.

Greener Pathways: Jobs and Workforce Development in the Clean Energy Economy explores opportunities in three industries: energy efficiency, wind, and biofuels. The report provides details on the federal resources that can support state green jobs initiatives, and make recommendations for state policymakers.

 

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Washington Post, "Educating Adults" (Editorial) (03/18/2008)

A Washington Post editorial highlights Governor O'Malley's plan that would transfer adult education and literacy, correctional education and general equivalency diploma testing services from the Education Department to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Read "Educating Adults" (Editorial) (03/18/2008)

 

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Daily Record, "Unemployment benefits get closer for part-timers" (03/17/2008)

Daily Record business writer, Andy Rosen, looks to the facts of an Annapolis bill that would extend unemployment benefits to people looking for part-time work. SB 328 has been met by favorable, as well as opposing, support dividing some members of the business community.

Read "Unemployment benefits get closer for part-timers " (03/17/2008)

 

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Baltimore Sun, "The poor and the plenty" (03/09/2008)

Sumathi Reddy, reporter for the Baltimore Sun, writes that Maryland may be affluent overall, but poverty traps families, including children, throughout the state. JOTF's Jason Perkins-Cohen highlights where Maryland's resources might be put to better use in order to make even more gains in reducing poverty than is already being done.

Read "The poor and the plenty" (03/09/2008)

 

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Democracy Journal, "Pay-As-You-Drive Car Insurance" (Spring 2008)

Contributing writer,Jason Bordoff, looks into the all round benefits of pay-as-you-drive car insurance. An approach where insurance costs vary with miles driven.

Read "Pay-As-You-Drive Car Insurance" (Spring 2008)

 

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Wall Street Journal, "More People Pushed Into Part-Time Work Force" (03/08/2008)

Kris Maher, of the Wall Street Journal, reports on a softening economy that is pushing more people into part-time jobs in place of full-time work.

Read "More People Pushed Into Part-Time Work Force " (03/08/2008)

 

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New Resource! Maryland Community Services Locator

The Maryland Community Services Locator (MDCSL) is a new website created to help Maryland service providers and the general public more easily access local programs and resources. This website provides resource listings for a variety of services, including maps and directions to program sites. The current website includes listings of substance abuse treatment services, Alcoholics Anonymous meeting lists, Narcotics Anonymous meeting lists, Buprenorphine certified physicians, short-term housing services, health services, HIV/AIDS resources, job readiness resources, mental health services, parole and probation offices, public schools, and victim services, searchable by proximity to a given address.

In the future, the MDCSL’s listings will be expanded to include other community services, including family assistance programs, emergency food providers, legal assistance and more!

Visit the MDCSL beta website at: http://www.mdcsl.org.

 

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The Mobility Agenda Provides Resources About Car Financing Research, Opportunities, and News

The Mobility Agenda addresses and pursues opportunities to improve access to private vehicles for low-wage workers in need of reliable, flexible, affordable transportation.

The DC-based organization has created informative pages for general transportation, research/news and economic licensing suspension and reinstatement issues which are linked from their Car Ownership and Financing page.

The Mobility Agenda is dedicated to advancing a long-term vision for a fairer, more inclusive, and sustainable world. Their current work focuses on identifying and promoting new ideas for better jobs while stimulating and shaping a dialogue to build public support for strengthening the labor market to benefit the economy, workers, and communities.

 

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Ways to Work® Comes to Baltimore

The Ways to Work program, from the Board of Child Care, provides small, short-term, low-interest loans to low to moderate income families with challenging credit histories. Approved applicants receive a loan for up to $4000 for the purchase of modestly priced used vehicle.

This program will assist families, who cannot otherwise qualify for a conventional loan, to become self-reliant and financially stable. Program case managers will also help borrowers access a variety of support services to ensure they are able to repay the loan through financial education.

If you have a client who you think might benefit from this exciting program please telephone 410-534-1388 or to learn more, visit Ways to Work.

The Board of Child Care is a nonprofit multi-service organization located at 3300 Gaither Road, Baltimore, Maryland. It was founded in 1874 and serves children and families in three jurisdictions in Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Ways to Work is the 8th program launched by the Board of Child Care which proudly serves over 2,000 families a year.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Greater Homewood Community Corporation to Hold 7th Annual Scrabble Fundraiser for Literacy (04/05/2008)

Play one of America’s most popular games for a good cause at the Seventh Annual Scrabble® Fundraiser for Literacy on Saturday, April 5 at Calvert School, 4300 N. Charles Street, Baltimore at 6 p.m.

Entry is $30 ($20 for students with ID and seniors aged 62 and over). Proceeds will benefit adult literacy and ESOL classes at the Greater Homewood Community Corporation (GHCC).

Games will be offered at both “competitive” and “social” levels. Winners will receive prizes from local retailers and restaurants. Food, refreshments, and free parking are available for all participants.

The Greater Homewood Adult Literacy & ESOL Program annually provides more than 300 adult learners and non-native English speakers with professionally trained and supervised tutors and instructors.

To register, make a donation, or get information about the Greater Homewood Adult Literacy & ESOL Program, please call (410) 261-3520 or contact Todd Elliott.

Help spread the word, click here for information flier.

 

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Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake to Host Career Fair (05/07/2008)

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake is to hold a Career Fair on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. at 222 East Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

For more information, or to volunteer for the event, please contact Deb Drescher on (410) 837-1800 ext. 143.

 

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Good Jobs First to Host 3rd National Conference: Reclaiming Economic Development III (05/07-05/08/2008)

Good Jobs First is to hold their third national conference on Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8, 2008, at The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

The five workshop tracks include:

Economic Development Subsidy Accountability (policy focus, especially state policy)
Community Benefits Agreements (provided by the Partnership for Working Families)
Smart Growth for Working Families (our unique mix of research and policy activism
Wal-Mart/Big-Box Regulation (including national campaigns and the New Rules project)
Advanced Research Sources and Techniques (on both subsidies and corporations)

Registration is now open for the conference which begins at 9.00 a.m. Wednesday the 7th and ends at 5.00 p.m. on Thursday the 8th. There will be an evening reception on Wednesday, May 7th.

For more information contact mlee@goodjobsfirst.org or (202) 232-1616 ext. 210.

 

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OPPORTUNITIES

Open Society Institute–Baltimore Call for Proposals: Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap (04/11/2008)

The Open Society Institute invites proposals for its Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap initiative. The $10-million initiative is designed to increase the availability of resources for the delivery of high-quality treatment for drug and alcohol addiction for all who need it.

Grant applicants must identify a common governmental jurisdiction within which they will affect change. Partnerships at the state, county, or city level are welcome to apply. A minimum of six grants will be awarded in this call for proposals.

For more information, please call Lindsey Caruso at OSI-Baltimore at 410-234-1092, extn. 214.

Completed proposals are due to OSI no later than April 11, 2008.

Click here for full announcement (February 11, 2008).

Click here for Call for Proposal in PDF format.

(Document is in PDF format.)

 

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Baltimore CASH Campaign and EarnBenefits of Seedco Seek Two Individuals to Serve as AmeriCorps VISTA Members

Baltimore CASH Campaign (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) and EarnBenefits of Seedco each have an opening for a dynamic, social justice minded person to develop and promote projects that will enhance the lives of low-income families in Baltimore City. These organizations work in partnership and both require a highly motivated professional to develop and implement wealth and asset building opportunities for families.

The positions each offer the opportunity to gain a broad range of professional skills including project management, city-wide coalition and committee participation, and a chance to effect positive change in the financial lives of low-income families.

Baltimore CASH Campaign’s project includes recruiting and coordinating financial counseling volunteers, developing and managing a client referral process, and planning of professional development opportunities for provider’s to enhance their knowledge of financial issues impacting low income residents.

Click here for full job description in MS Word format from the CASH Campaign website.

EarnBenefits' project focuses on building the outreach and marketing capacity of local non profits to effectively reach clients. Responsibilities include developing a client referral network between key agencies that provide asset building services.

Click here for EarnBenefits' full job description in MS Word format from the CASH Campaign website.

Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor’s degree or three years experience working in a community-based non-profit, excellent presentation and communication skills, ability to work independently and manage projects, and a passion for improving the lives of low-income families.

Benefits include an Americorps living, healthcare and childcare stipend, the choice of a post-service education award or stipend, work related travel and commuting reimbursement, relocation expenses (paid by Americorps), student loan forbearance or deferment, one year non-competitive eligibility for federal employment and more.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to info@baltimorecashcampaign.org and indicate which position you are interested in or if you would like to be considered for both.

 

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Primo Electric Company / Primenet Inc Job Opportunities (March 2008)

Since their founding more than 40 years ago, Primo Electric Company has promoted an environment where people take pride in their work. As a result, Primo employees enjoy challenging careers, valuable educational opportunities and a competitive wage and benefit package. All in a workplace that emphasizes teamwork, safety, commitment and mutual respect. Whether seeking an apprenticeship, laborer, journeyman, foreman, or equipment operator position, Primo Electric offers numerous career opportunities.

PrimeNet Inc specializes in helping clients define, optimize, and manage their voice, data, video, and security communication systems. At PrimeNet, pride is more than just a feeling; its a concrete attitude and philosophy that influences every aspect of their business. As a result, employees enjoy challenging careers, valuable educational opportunities (Including onsite BICSI® certification) and a competitive wage and benefits package. All in a workplace that emphasizes teamwork, safety, commitment and mutual respect.

Click here to view Primo Electric Company and Primenet Inc job opportunities as of March 13, 2008.

 

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Newsletter Editor: Jessica Traskey
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