The Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center is a “hub” for resources to support individuals in our community who are experiencing poverty. A signature program that the CDDC created nine years ago is the Homeless Employment Launching Project (HELP).
"I don't have a background for working, so this is giving me work experience in something. And its also giving me hope. It's really hard for me to get a steady job " -Jesse
The purpose of our Homeless Employment Launching Project is to provide work opportunities by connecting workers with area residents who are in need of someone to do small day-labor jobs around their homes such as yard work, painting, gutter and window cleaning, help moving, etc.; or local businesses who need short term help with filing, cleaning, etc. We strive to create an opportunity for individuals in need, to earn money while building a positive work history.
Financing the administration of this project has always been a challenge. The money that comes in from folks that employ our workers goes directly back to pay the worker, Worker’s Comp and taxes. During the first quarter of fiscal year 2019-20, our records show employee hours totaling 1,348.6 hours.
Paying our HELP workers is not the challenge. The challenge is, paying our part-time Workforce Coordinators. Currently, two “behind the scenes” individuals play critical roles in making our project successful. Our Workforce Coordinators facilitate recruiting, screening and interviewing workers, training, scheduling, recording worker hours and interfacing with our 501c3 accountant. They take the phone calls from folks needing HELP workers and match requests with our workforce pool of workers. Getting our workers “launched” is hard work. Compensating this role is critical. Without skillful individuals behind these roles, the project cannot thrive.
We recognize that to move out of poverty people have to have meaningful jobs that pay adequate wages. Our workforce coordinators are making this happen for a significant number of individuals in our community. Unfortunately, the cost of our two coordinators is very difficult to cover. Very few grants pay for administrative staff. Our other income sources are most often earmarked for direct services to our CDDC guests. Consequently, over the years, the CDDC budget has been experiencing a deficit in the workforce coordinator category. Because we are passionate about the outcome of this project, the CDDC is asking for donations to remove the financial gap that has been accumulating and bridge a secure pathway forward.
HOW TO PARTNER
Please join our efforts to create employment opportunities that can break into the cycle of poverty that many people in our community are facing. Your generous donation to the Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
To Hire a worker call 541 740 8131
Our Customers Say:
Kevin built us a great raised bed and continues to keep our place looking nicer and nicer! – Nina L
Great worker, did not loaf, very respectful, would use him again. Great job, good man -- Coburn
Aaron is a joy to have working- Pril
Dylan has an upbeat can-do attitude and figures out how to do what needs done. He also looks around for ways he can help and does things that we haven’t thought of, Very helpful!!! – Nina
Kristina completed laying a stone border in half the time I expected, and did a beautiful job -Nancy
Great workers. They do a good job and are careful about doing the work right. Very pleasant workers. Looking forward to their return Wonderful people! I’ll definitely use them again — Yvonne