Women Empowered, Educated and Employed (WE3) is a Community Collaborative made up of 12 partners across the nonprofit, government, and education sectors who are coming together to help hard-working single moms increase their earning capacity to help them become and remain economically secure and self-sufficient.
WE3 seeks an increase in jobs obtained and retained for working single moms, with an increase in earnings and a plan for future savings to avoid unforeseen emergencies. The long-term goal for the collaborative is to see an overall decrease in poverty rate for the target population.
Initial strategies for WE3 will ensure participants complete soft skills classes to produce a good resume, practice interview skills and learn about career options. Participants will also develop and practice a plan that assures transportation is available for classes, interviews, and employment. Local employers with available living wage jobs will participate in sessions that link job openings with women with appropriate skills. To assure non-duplication of services, wrap-around case managers from partner agencies will be cross-trained and will work together.
WE3 is made possible by the following partners:
• Elyria Public Library
• Lorain City Schools
• Lorain County Community Action Agency
• Lorain County Community College
• Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services
• Lorain County JVS
• Lorain County Urban League
• Oberlin College Bonner Center for Service and Learning
• Oberlin Community Services
• Ohio Means Jobs Lorain County
• United Way of Greater Lorain County
• YWCA of Elyria