Job Coaching

The Basic Idea: Provide individuals with one-on-one coaching – before and after they get a job – to help them meet employers’ expectations. How it works: The Job Coach assesses the worker’s basic skills and helps address any skill deficit that reduces employability, especially by helping the worker learn appropriate workplace behavior and communications skills, […]

Mapping Career Pathways

The Basic Idea: Map out paths families can follow to advance in a career and gain better jobs in their area. How it works: Identify fields in your region offering good jobs with advancement opportunities. Figure out the specific progression of jobs for each field, starting at the most basic and progressing to the most […]

Earned Income and Child Tax Credit Campaigns

The Basic Idea: Pull out all the stops to let families know they may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax credits, like the Child Tax Credit (CTC). How it works: A community coalition gathers to plan a campaign. Media are enlisted to run Public Service Announcements or paid ads. Ad content […]

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)

The Basic Idea: Create asset-restricted savings programs for low-income families, which include matching government and private funds to further encourage savings. How it works: Families agree to save a small amount each pay period or every month towards purchasing an asset—usually within one to three years. Eligible assets include homes, businesses and higher education—sometimes automobiles and […]

A Final Harvest of Tax-Prep Tips this Thanksgiving Season!

What?! More talk of taxes?! Yes! It’s hard to overstate the important role the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) play in rural communities. Each year, thousands and thousands of rural families across the U.S. – and their communities – are thankful for the valuable boost these refundable tax credits provide […]

Car Purchase Programs

The Basic Idea: Help low-income rural families purchase new or late-model, fuel-efficient, reliable cars. How it works: A nonprofit organization creates a car dealership to sell cars to low-income families – or partners with another nonprofit that already has a dealership to obtain cars. The dealership buys late-model, fuel-efficient, reliable cars at auction or buys […]

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