In 2005, social innovators and entrepreneurs Peter Cove and Dr. Lee Bowes had a vision of a project incubator that encouraged innovative strategies to poverty alleviation, bail reform, and improving public assistance programs, guided by the idea that helping individuals find and maintain employment is a crucial step to ending poverty. Today, Work First is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that breaks down barriers to employment and connects low-income individuals and marginalized communities to employment opportunities.


The Problem

Percentage of Americans living in poverty

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018-2019 Current Population Survey determined that 11.8% of Americans live in poverty. This amounts to 38.1 million people, or almost 8 million families. In 2016, the average income a family of 4 needed to have to be considered living in poverty was $24,563. However, many Americans live on less than that amount.


Time Spent in Government Programs

The latest survey from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the majority of people who receive one or more types of government assistance participate in the program(s) for between 37 to 48 months. 


The Solution

Work First helps those living in poverty achieve self-sufficiency through employment. By doing so, we make a direct impact on the number of people living in poverty every year, and help those who feel stuck in government programs to start careers, achieve economic mobility, and improve their self-reliance.

Your donations allow Work First to connect people with meaningful employment and help them gain the tools they need to support themselves and their families.

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