Social Enterprise at the MCC

Following a rigorous national competition the Millionair Club Charity is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership that promises to deepen the MCC’s impact, generating even more job opportunities in our Seattle community!

Our supportive employment program – Temporary Staffing Solutions— has joined the new portfolio of the venture philanthropy organization REDF, backed by the federal government’s Social Innovation Fund. The Millionair Club Charity will receive multi-year grant funding and business advisory services, contributing to the employment of people who are homeless or face other barriers to becoming  job ready. 

Here’s what our Executive Director, Jim Miller, had to say about this new partnership

“At the MCC we have 95 years of experience getting folks here in Seattle job-ready and getting them out there to work, and we specialize in helping individuals who are homeless, who are struggling. We’ve been an integral part of this Seattle community for almost a century. Now we are a national member of the REDF portfolio. I see it like this: here’s an opportunity to join a community of like-minded organizations that believe in our message. Everyone deserves access to employment. With REDF we’re going to cultivate that vision of giving everyone a chance to work, of changing lives through access to jobs.”

Read on to check out the full press release!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Christine Rylko, 206-957-3851

Millionair Club Charity Receives Funding from Federal Government’s Social Innovation Fund and the Venture Philanthropy Organization REDF. The Millionair Club Charity’s supportive employment program will be able to employ more people who are homeless and help build the evidence base with new funds.

  • Following a rigorous national competition, the Millionair Club Charity, whose supportive employment program has helped people who are homeless or facing other barriers to employment connect with jobs for over 95 years, has been selected for the new portfolio of California-based venture philanthropy organization REDF, joining a national initiative to scale up the social enterprise field across the U.S.
  • The Millionair Club Charity’s supportive employment program – Temporary Staffing Solutions— is part of a growing field of innovative businesses in the U.S. called social enterprises. These are mission-driven businesses that hire and assist people willing and able to work, but who face multiple barriers to employment; reinvesting their revenue to create more jobs, and providing supportive services to employees that increase their economic mobility and long-term employment.
  • This grant is part of a nationwide initiative supported in part by the federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF), which has to date committed an unprecedented $14.5 million to REDF’s initiative. This is the largest federal investment ever in U.S. employment-focused social enterprises.

Seattle, March 31, 2016—

The Millionair Club Charity’s supportive employment program – Temporary Staffing Solutions— has joined the new portfolio of the venture philanthropy organization REDF, backed by the federal government’s Social Innovation Fund. The Millionair Club Charity will receive multi-year grant funding and business advisory services, contributing to the employment of people who are homeless or face other barriers to becoming “job ready.”

To select its grantees, REDF held a rigorous national competition for social enterprises. Successful grantees, like the MCC, are going to receive funding of at least $100,000 annually for up to five years. More than 200 social enterprises from across 36 states submitted proposals but only 22 were selected. REDF has more than 18 years of experience providing funding and capacity building to employment-focused social enterprises in California. This is the first year the organization is expanding nationally to serve seven new cities, while growing an already strong base of social enterprises in California.

Selected organizations, like the Millionair Club Charity, will employ thousands of people nationally by investing REDF’s resources for business growth. At the same time, REDF will foster deeper collaborations with small, medium and large employers, and philanthropic and government organizations, to catalyze the growth of social enterprises and accelerate the creation of thousands of additional job opportunities.

Since 1921 the Millionair Club Charity has operated according to a single vision:  that everyone deserves access to employment opportunity. Specialists in rebuilding the confidence and job skills of people who are homeless or face other barriers to employment, the MCC offers complete wrap around services to help people become job ready. These services include hot meals, sack lunches, showers, laundry service, work clothes, safety equipment, job licensing, and safety training. Temporary Staffing Solutions – a social enterprise – connects workers with employment opportunities in the greater Seattle area; we supply job ready workers to over local 1,100 employers. The goal for workers is permanent employment and access to affordable housing.  A small portion of the service fee to employers goes back into the program to strengthen and sustain the mission.

Last year, an independent study by Mathematica Policy Research of seven social enterprises funded by REDF showed the impact of these businesses:

  • Every $1 social enterprises spend returns $2.23 in benefits to society.
  • One year after starting work in a social enterprise, the income of people employed increased 268%, income from government benefits dropped from 71% to 24%, and housing stability tripled.
  • Before being hired by the social enterprise, 25% of participants had never had a job and 85% did not have stable housing the year prior; 70% had been convicted of a crime.
  • Six months after transitioning out of social enterprise employment, two-thirds were still gainfully employed.

“The Social Innovation Fund provides new pathways for people who have faced significant barriers to employment, said Damian Thorman, Director of the Social Innovation Fund. “We are excited this award to the Millionair Club Charity’s Temporary Staffing Solutions, a subgrantee of REDF, will transform people’s lives by creating jobs using social enterprise solutions with funding from us.”

“At the MCC we have 95 years of experience getting folks here in Seattle job-ready and getting them out there to work,” points out MCC Executive Director Jim Miller. “And we specialize in helping individuals who are homeless, who are struggling. We’ve been an integral part of this Seattle community for almost a century. Now we are a national member of the REDF portfolio. I see it like this: here’s an opportunity to join a community of like-minded organizations that believe in our message. Everyone deserves access to employment. With REDF we’re going to cultivate that vision of giving everyone a chance to work, of changing lives through access to jobs.”

“REDF is investing in social enterprise growth because we believe right now is the game-changing moment when we can and must open up new opportunities to people who want to work and just need the chance to do so,” said REDF President Carla Javits. “We aim to catalyze the business community, philanthropy, government and nonprofits to work together to create job opportunities and hire people who need them, while developing an even more rigorous evidence base so that we can all do more of ‘what works best’ while developing a vibrant ecosystem that will have long lasting impact. We are grateful to the Congress and the Administration for supporting the Social Innovation Fund, to private donors and foundations that are stepping up to match this support, to the nonprofits that are taking the risk to create new business models, and most of all to the courageous men and women who are overcoming the odds, going to work and transforming their lives.”

Scott’s Story

The Millionair Club Charity has helped so many of Seattle’s unsheltered and unemployed turn their lives around through access to employment. We are confident that the support of SIF and REDF will only deepen our impact in Seattle and the surrounding area. With the help of SIF and REDF we can help more Individuals like Scott, a young man who utilized the MCC to turn his life around. Scott was living on the street when he discovered the Millionair Club Charity. With the help of our Temporary Staffing Solutions and our supportive services, Scott was able to get back on his feet and fill his life with purpose and satisfaction.

Scott became homeless after his dad fell into a deep depression and lost his job. For five years they wandered from state to state, agency to agency, wanting to work, but in need of help to become job ready. For Scott, the pathway to permanent employment began at the Millionair Club Charity, with a shower, laundry, and a place to store his belongings when he went on job interviews.  After the MCC paid for Scott to get a Food Worker Card, he started working immediately at the Century Link stadium concessions during professional sporting events.

Building on the food industry skills he was practicing at the Century Link Stadium concessions, Scott’s progress towards his goal was swift: with the Millionair Club Charity’s help, he achieved a permanent job within two weeks at a prestigious Seattle restaurant and was placed in the MCC’s low-income housing.

There are so many more men and women, just like Scott, who want to work but lack the resources to connect with employment opportunities. The MCC is proud to use the funding provided by REDF and SIF to help rebuild the lives of Seattle’s homeless and unemployed.

 

ABOUT US

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Since 1921 the Millionair Club Charity has operated according to a single vision:  that everyone deserves access to employment opportunity. Specialists in rebuilding the confidence and job skills of people who are homeless or face other barriers to employment, the MCC offers complete wrap around services to help people become job ready. These services include hot meals, sack lunches, showers, laundry service, work clothes, safety equipment, job licensing, and safety training. Temporary Staffing Solutions – a social enterprise – connects workers with employment opportunities in the greater Seattle area; we supply job ready workers to over local 1,100 employers. The goal for our workers is permanent employment and access to affordable housing. A small portion of the service fee to employers goes back into the program to strengthen and sustain the mission.

 

LEARN MORE: SIF & REDF

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The Social Innovation Fund is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a powerful approach to transforming lives and communities, an approach that positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact – mobilizing private

resources to find and grow community solutions with evidence of results. As part of the SIF program, REDF must match the federal funds dollar-for-dollar and again by the organizations they select to receive grants. To date, REDF has received Social Innovation Fund matching investments from private funders including Bank of America, the Kresge, Weingart, Annie E. Casey, Woodcock, California Wellness, F.B. Heron, Kellogg, San Francisco and California Community Foundations, The California Endowment, JP Morgan Chase, and many other foundations and individual donors.

 

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REDF creates jobs and employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to work – like young people who are disconnected from school or work, people who’ve been homeless or in prison, and people with mental health disabilities. Founded in 1997 by George R. Roberts (KKR), REDF provides funding and business expertise to mission-driven organizations to launch and grow social enterprises, which are businesses with a “double bottom line” that make money in order to employ people with multiple barriers to employment. REDF has helped over 10,000 people in California get jobs and find hope. Now REDF is taking best practices learned from 18 years of experience to grow their impact nationally and help thousands more people work, advance, and create a more stable future. For more information, visit http://redf.org/. To learn more about REDF’s portfolio organizations visit http://redf.org/what-we-do/invest/.

REDF’s National Expansion and Portfolio Announcement

Jobs. Growth. Impact. Hope.

An exciting event in the city of Seattle! On Thursday March 31, 2016, REDF will celebrate the start of a multi-year investment in Seattle area social enterprises that make money and change lives by employing people who are overcoming barriers to work!

Join REDF and co-hosts:

David Wertheimer, Deputy Director Pacific Northwest Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Marlena Sessions, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County; King County Department of Community and Human Services; United Way of King county.

When: Thursday March 31, 2016 (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM)

Where: The Pacific Tower, 8th Floor, 1200 12th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98144

RSVP: Mette Andersen, Mandersen@redf.org

 

 

 

 

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