Vision and Goals
CONNECT helps people achieve sustainable living wage jobs and financial health and well being by partnering to provide essential skills, knowledge and social capital in one central and supportive location.
CONNECT offers the services of five agencies working to improve the financial mobility of low-income families. This innovative collaboration capitalizes on greater utilization of existing services that are collocated, integrated and managed collectively to achieve greater impact for clients and greater efficiencies for service providers.
2016 – The launch of CONNECT 2.0, a data driven approach to generating paths to services and increasing CONNECT’s capacity.
2015 – Evaluation shows bundling works for greater client success in income, assets, and credit scores.
2014 – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen came to hear how unemployed individuals were finding jobs with our support.
2013 – CONNECT center construction completed, and integration of partner data begins, enabling the program to scale up and measure progress.
2012 – CONNECT launches: Workforce Innovation Grant secured for $3 million, allowing pursuit of CONNECT’s bold vision
2011 – TND leads business planning and program development for CONNECT
CONNECT Symposium 2017
Join state and national leaders for a stimulating exploration of new ideas for connecting families to financial success. The last iteration saw a great presentation from Dr. Eldar Shafir, American behavioral scientist, and the co-author of Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much. The work of financial empowerment was further explored industry leaders.
VITA: VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) keep nearly 2 million people out of poverty each year. Through volunteer training, client outreach, and operating multiple sites, CONNECT provides one of the most robust VITA programs in the region with 42 volunteers serving 1,100 and returning $1.7 million to residents.
Residents have diverse experiences and diverse problems, but beyond the struggles of poverty, residents have big dreams for themselves, for their families. Coaching brings a qualitative approach to the problems facing the community and helps residents map a course to those dreams.
Is your organization investing in cross-sector work? We would love to speak with you about how you can reach your full potential.