Through its programs, OIC of America has trained more than 3 million people who now have the skills they need to advance careers and change their futures. James Haynes the President and CEO of OIC of America discusses the organization’s history, training programs and voter engagement opportunities.
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Recorded February 10, 2021
Today, OIC of America will begin a month-long salute and reflection of the many contributions African Americans have made to the rich fabric that makes up The United States. The OIC of America network celebrates the legacies and gifts made by African Americans all year long. However, Black History Month is the one month that we reflect on and remember African-Americans’ life-changing contributions from the past and present-day as a nation.
On this first day of Black History Month, we invite you to explore and celebrate Black Americans’ central role in shaping American history and their extraordinary contributions to the world. OICA will showcase Black excellence in the upcoming weeks- the beauty and complexities of being Black in America and beyond. We hope that you will join us on this journey.
A synergistic collaboration of values and missions
Philadelphia PA: Ride To Work LLC (RTW) announced an exciting new partnership with OIC of America (OICA). This partnership will align Ride To Work’s transportation management services with OICA’s mission of workforce development for people in the reentry sector and other marginalized populations in OICA’s national network.
OIC of America will serve as the fiscal agent for Ride To Work in this joint initiative. The pilot seeks to raise a minimum of $3 million to subsidize transportation for up to 1000 adversely impacted and marginalized workers in the Southern Eastern Pennsylvania area. This initiative will help fill supply chain/warehouse jobs, and others, that are not easily accessible by public transportation. The Philadelphia initiative represents a model of deployment that can be replicated in other cities.
“We are committed to implementing creative solutions in helping our program participants, and the communities they live in, achieve economic independence. One significant barrier, among many in marginalized communities, is reliable and safe transportation to and from places of employment outside of the inner city. We believe this transportation solution with RTW will fundamentally change people’s lives—getting them to and from living-wage jobs. We are extremely excited to be partnering with the RTW team, who’s mission and values align with ours,” says James Haynes, President & CEO of OIC of America.
“We are honored to partner with OIC of America. Their work and mission over 50 years are in alignment with the work of Ride To Work. Providing better access to jobs is essential to the work and mission of both organizations. This partnership will provide Ride To Work a national footprint that will be invaluable to OIC of America’s affiliates,” adds Tim Styer, President & CEO, Ride To Work LLC.
Providing better access to jobs is essential to the work and mission of both organizations. This partnership will provide Ride To Work a national footprint that will be invaluable to OIC of America’s affiliates,” adds Tim Styer, President & CEO, Ride To Work LLC.
About Ride To Work: Ride To Work is a transportation management company assists workforce development provide solutions for adversely impacted and marginalized workers with barriers to employment. Our transportation model fosters collaboration with Philadelphia’s robust network of workforce development agencies, employers, and governments.
Background – OIC of America Background – OIC of America is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides leadership, technical assistance, and service alignment across a nationwide network of 31 affiliates in 19 states. OIC’s affiliates serve youth and adults, including currently or formerly incarcerated individuals and those who have been historically underserved in education and training programs. Founded in 1964 by Dr. Leon Sullivan, our mission is to provide high-quality services that will enable economically disadvantaged and unemployed people of all races and backgrounds to become productive, more fulfilled community members. By providing comprehensive services in four key areas: Education, Economic Development, Healthcare, and Community Development, thousands of participants break the cycle of poverty through our efforts and theirs, creating a more just society. For more information, please visit oicofamerica.org.
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