Donsia Strong-Hill, executive director of LISC Milwaukee, was tapped to give the keynote address at Milwaukee Biz Journal’s Women of Influence Awards last week—and to mark that distinction, the Journal interviewed her about LISC’s investments to spark and grow small businesses in historically underinvested, minority communities. It’s a critical tool, said Strong-Hill, for supporting families of color to build generational wealth.
Check out our top three reads of the week. They cover the challenges and opportunities facing American communities right now. This week, we’re reading an excerpt from Alexander Garvin's latest book, contemplating what constitutes a “good job” and learning about health equity in rural America.
The Providence Journal reports on two local community organizations receiving $360,000 from Citi Foundation and LISC to grow their support for job seekers. The grants will expand their work to support “individuals who have faced obstacles in their desire to build new lives.” As Jeanne Cola, who heads LISC Rhode Island noted in the article, “When we help someone find a good — or better — job, we help both families and communities thrive.”
An article in The Atlantic delves into the ways LISC’s Bridges to Career Opportunities program, with support from Citi Foundation, is helping people in underserved communities across America skill up for satisfying jobs in growth industries. The program’s wrap-around services and links to local employers, explains LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones in the article, are the key to “not just a job” but a “transformation of life.”
Check out our top three reads of the week connected to community development work. This week, we're reading all about unemployment versus underemployment and how those issues impact housing and homelessness, financial stability and policy.