The Issue: Workforce Training for the Formerly Incarcerated
Upon release from incarceration, many former offenders have no jobs—and sometimes no homes—to return to, increasing the rate of reoffense and return to the criminal-justice system. In Marion County, that rate was 49 percent in 2007, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Through transitional employment and social services, formerly incarcerated individuals can surmount the obstacles facing them and break out of the incarceration cycle by developing job skills and receiving counseling.
The Campaign: Transportation for Transitional Employees
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then RecycleForce can purchase a monthly bus pass for 10 of its transitional employees with low incomes. Many of these employees rely on local public transportation to attend their jobs as de-manufacturing specialists. As part of the transitional job program, they receive daily personal counseling, job training, and character-development services. Each additional $60 raised will provide another transitional employee with a monthly bus pass.
To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
RecycleForce provides comprehensive recycling services to residents and businesses across Indiana, offering low- to no-cost recycling collection for a wide range of materials, including plastic, paper, aluminum, cardboard, and electronic waste. To broaden its community impact, RecycleForce uses the revenue generated from its recycling business to employ formerly incarcerated individuals and provide them with comprehensive social services and job training. Its six-month transitional job program focuses on character development, personal counseling, and job skills. After participants complete the program, RecycleForce helps them obtain full-time employment by partnering with employers committed to hiring ex-offenders.