5 Organizations Helping New Yorkers Find Employment and Build Careers

Finding work isn't always easy, even when there are jobs available. Having a disability, criminal record, or lack of quality education can make it difficult for a person to get hired. But many of these people would make great employees if given the chance. That's why organizations like the ones listed here help New Yorkers in need find jobs and build careers. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

New York Organizations That Help People Find Work

Organization Headquarters Location Mission
Greyston Yonkers, NY Create thriving communities through the practice and promotion of Open Hiring
Center For Employment Opportunities New York, NY Provide immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services exclusively to individuals who have recently returned home from incarceration
Careers Through Culinary Arts Program New York, NY Empower underserved youth through the discipline of the culinary arts
Osborne Association Bronx, NY Offer opportunities for individuals who have been in conflict with the law to transform their lives through innovative, effective, and replicable programs that serve the community
Goodwill Industries Of Greater New York And Northern New Jersey Astoria, NY Empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work

Income Inequality in the U.S.

Percentile Average household income
Bottom 90% $34,074
Top 10% $312,536
Top 5% $477,293
Top 1% $1,363,977
Top 0.1% $6,747,439

The Sociology Of Economics & The Labor Market

Incarceration Rates Worldwide

Rank Country Total population in 2019 Total number of prisoners Prisoners per 100,000 people
1 United States 329,064,917 2,193,798 737
2 Russia 145,872,256 874,161 615
3 Ukraine 43,993,638 162,602 350
4 South Africa 58,558,270 158,501 334
5 Poland 37,887,768 89,546 235
6 Mexico 127,575,529 214,450 196
7 Brazil 211,049,527 371,482 193
8 Spain 46,736,776 63,991 144
9 Kenya 52,573,973 47,036 130
10 The Netherlands 17,097,130 21,013 128

Mass Incarceration, Visualized

In Depth

Whether overcoming a disability, a criminal record, or a lack of job training, barriers to employment prevent many people from obtaining the work that they need and want. A job can provide not only financial stability, but also an increased sense of self-worth. Knowing that they are gainfully employed and making a positive contribution to their families, society, and their own lives is empowering. Five groups helping people achieve this are listed here, in no particular order.

In the #1 spot is Greyston, a social justice enterprise creating thriving communities. Since 1982, it has been using its Open Hiring business model to help people facing barriers to employment. Based on trust, this model doesn't rely on applicant interviews or background checks. Providing jobs and no-cost community programs to anyone in need is how this group is enabling self-reliance.

Its Center for Open Hiring promotes the practice of putting people first, for the benefit of both the community and business. Through services like workforce development, community gardens, and youth programs, it is creating a world-changing revolution. Those interested can volunteer to help this organization or attend an informative Learning Lab course. Helping can also be as simple as buying Greyston Bakery brownies.

Helping can also be as simple as buying Greyston Bakery brownies.

Next, at #2, is Center For Employment Opportunities, the largest reentry employment provider in America. CEO believes everyone deserves a chance to work for a stronger future, regardless of their past. It offers individuals coming home from incarceration ongoing support to build career and financial stability. Using its influence, experience, data, and participants' feedback, it is changing the way the government addresses criminal justice and workforce development.

It offers people returning from prison immediate paid employment, ongoing career support, and skills training, which are crucial for reducing recidivism. Putting people to work in a variety of jobs, this group is maximizing business success and spurring innovative social change. In-kind and monetary donations are welcomed, and volunteer opportunities are available.

Coming in at #3 is C-CAP, Careers Through Culinary Arts Program. This group is preparing disadvantaged youths across the country for successful careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Started as a way to teach French cooking to home economics classes, it has grown into a nonprofit that better prepares underserved students for their future.

This group is preparing disadvantaged youths across the country for successful careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

This organization provides a holistic and integrated approach through job training, internships, mentoring, and lifetime career guidance. Its annual cooking competition provides high school students a challenging and fun way to work toward a goal, with the possibility of winning a scholarship. To get involved in the work it is doing, you can donate products, become a member, sponsor a program, or hire one of its culinary students.

#4 on the list is The Osborne Association, which offers opportunities for people affected by the criminal justice system. Realizing the need for reform and rehabilitation, this group works with justice-involved individuals in job placement, retention support, and training needed to succeed in the job market. In order to reduce the damage caused by crime and incarceration, it designs and implements solutions that allow individuals and families to lead lives of responsibility and contribution.

Through public education and advocacy, it provides alternatives that respect the dignity of people and honor their capacity to change. Additional services include family-focused reentry planning, prison visitation support, transportation assistance, and health programs. Volunteers for this organization can support clients in career development, as well as in many other meaningful ways.

Through public education and advocacy, it provides alternatives that respect the dignity of people and honor their capacity to change.

Finally, at #5, is Goodwill Industries Of Greater New York And Northern New Jersey. This group exists to uplift local communities by supporting jobs for people with disabilities or other obstacles to employment. Through funds generated by its retail stores and donation centers, it is helping individuals to gain independence through the power of work. Services such as vocational rehabilitation, coaching, treatment, and job placement support empower people to become work-ready.

Goodwill serves people with intellectual, behavioral, developmental, and physical disabilities, helping them gain the sense of achievement associated with a job well done. It offers staffing, workforce development, and business services. You can donate goods, make a financial contribution, and shop online or in-store to help this organization's mission.