Rising Together – Q&A

Rising Together – Q&A

What is Rising Together?

Rising Together is a new, first-of-its-kind coalition between Goodwill and its multiple powerhouse partners who are coming together to drive equitable economic recovery from the pandemic and unite to create change. Together, they will jumpstart a national conversation on building a pathway to opportunity that is accessible by all.

Local Goodwill organizations understand employer needs in their communities, as well as the training and support services people need to be successful at work.

Who are the Rising Together coalition partners? 

 Goodwill’s coalition of partners include Anthem Foundation, Coursera, Google, Indeed and Lyft.  These partners are supporting Goodwill’s work to ensure that everyone has equitable access to sustainable jobs and economic mobility.

Why is Rising Together important?

Millions of people lost their jobs due to COVID-19, and many women were forced to leave the workforce completely due to the pandemic.

Goodwill is especially qualified to spearhead America’s economic recovery. Goodwill is a thought leader in job readiness, skills training and support services delivery, having helped people go back to work since its founding in 1902.

Goodwill has supported its communities and helped them get back on their feet after wars, natural disasters and recessions. The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most difficult economic downturns in our lifetimes, and Goodwill and its partners are here to help people rebuild their careers post-pandemic.

How is Rising Together helping people reenter the workforce?

The Rising Together  coalition is providing resources to address the widening skills gap and the negative impact of the economic downturn. Pandemic-related job losses have also had a radical impact on Black and Hispanic men and women as well as those without college degrees.

Goodwill and its partners will provide a combination of holistic support and workforce services. The coalition will build and expand programs that address inequities and systemic barriers facing workers in our society the most — particularly women and people of color.

Why is Rising Together focused on helping women?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2.3 million women have left the labor force from November 2019 – January 2021[1]. This represented a negative three percent drop in the women’s civilian labor force in that time frame. Some have called this economic downturn the ‘shecession,’ as women have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Some women were forced to leave their jobs to care for and supervise children at home when daycares closed and schools transitioned to remote learning. As schools transition back to in-person or hybrid learning, those women who left the workforce will need support and training programs to learn the skills they need to find new employment and reenter the workforce.

We recognize there are existing coalitions to help women; however, they are either focused on public policy goals or training individuals.

What sets Rising Together apart is that Goodwill has a nearly 120-history in understanding the needs of local labor markets, combined with expertise in workforce development and holistic supportive services to help people train for and earn good jobs in their communities.

What are the five key pillars of the Rising Together vision for equitable recovery? 

Goodwill and its partners believe:

  • Everyone, regardless of race, gender or economic background, deserves access to a job that allows them to provide for themselves and their families.
  • In order to create equitable access to opportunity, we need to address the systemic barriers that prevent individuals from reaching their full potential.
  • The ability to learn new skills should not be curbed by financial constraints, and the attainment of the education and training needed to work in today’s digital economy must be made available to all.
  • Building a diverse and inclusive labor force starts with the creation of a system and commitment to equitable hiring.
  • Creating an inclusive economy that works for everyone begins at the community level.

How are the Rising TogetherTM coalition partners creating change? 

 Each partner is making a commitment to create change:

  • Anthem Foundation will launch a healthcare career path training that will benefit thousands of individuals over the course of two years. The program will build healthcare employee pipelines while supporting healthcare workers affected by the pandemic. The training will ultimately lead to credentials, job placements, wage increases and benefits.
  • Coursera, through its social impact program, will provide 2,000 scholarships to those hard-hit by the economic turndown, including people who are impacted by the criminal justice system, veterans and youth learners. Scholarship recipients will have free access to 4,000 courses as well as hands-on projects and professional certificates that teach job-relevant skills across business, technology and data science.
  • Google will continue to support Goodwill in its efforts to deliver digital skills training across the United States through programs such as Google Career Certificates, which help job seekers prepare for in-demand jobs in less than six months without the need for a college degree or prior experience. Since 2017, more than 100 local Goodwill organizations have implemented the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator® in their communities, equipping more than one million people with digital skills and placing more than 170,000 of those individuals into employment.
  • Indeed will help job seekers who are often overlooked or face challenges to finding work with skills-based assessments, job seeker support and employer hiring events. Indeed will work with Goodwill on a fellowship for women who have had to leave the workforce or were reduced to part-time work due to COVID-19 (either voluntarily or involuntarily). Goodwill’s collaboration with Indeed will also include the launch of the Indeed + Goodwill Digital Resource Guide, which will equip Goodwill organizations with best practices and recommendations on how to help people find jobs at Goodwill organizations and other employers.
  • Lyft will continue investing in its LyftUp Jobs Access program, which launched in 2019 with a coalition of partners including Goodwill, to provide individuals access to the transportation they need to get to interviews, job training and/or the first weeks of work. To date, the program has supported job seekers with access to tens of thousands of rides.

Who can I get in touch with to learn more about Rising Together?

To learn more about how your company or organization can participate in Rising Together, contact Lauren Lawson-Zilai, senior director, public relations at Goodwill Industries International.

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[1]According to BLS data, women’s civilian labor force between Nov 2019 (77.347 million) and January 2021 (75.012 million) dropped by 2.3 million. This represented a negative three percent drop in the women’s civilian labor force in that time frame. To see the spreadsheet calculation of this figure, contact GII.