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We help people who are ready to change, get ready to work.

Through hope, high expectations and holistic support, we transform lives by helping people get and keep good jobs.

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Henry’s Story

"As I got more and more involved at JobsWork MKE, in learning all of these skills, I just wanted to keep going. They taught me people skills and helped me with my resume. They gave me financial goals and a financial coach. They even helped me with my license."

Why We're Here

The problems of chronic unemployment and generational poverty go hand-in hand. Consider where Milwaukee ranks among the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas*:

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The Highest Black poverty rate – 33.4% -- almost five times the white rate.

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Lowest annual household income for Blacks, $31,052. Only 42% of white income.

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Biggest racial gap in income. Black male workers make 59.7% of a white worker’s
earnings.

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Third-lowest employment rate – 66% -- for Black males ages 25-54.

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Third-highest incarceration rate
for Blacks.

*Source: Levine, Marc V., "The State of Black Milwaukee in National Perspective: Racial Inequality in the Nation’s 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas. In 65 Charts and Tables" (2020). Center for Economic Development Publications. 56.

Change the Future

You can create a positive impact without leaving your chair.
Donate to specific aspects of our programs or to all of our efforts as a whole.

Get Involved

JobsWork MKE is more than an organization. It’s a movement that relies on the help of many to create change. Explore opportunities where you can make a difference. 

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Employers

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Community Partners

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Anchor Institutions

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Small Businesses

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Volunteers

"I learned I could be something positive in other people’s lives just by being who I am. If you want to be part of something that’s great, that’s positive, that’s steady, that’s expanding, then this program is for you.”

—Marilyn, Program Participant