We received more than 300 entries for our 2015 Website Grant, and we loved getting to know about what your organizations do. Thanks to everyone for applying — we hope you will all consider applying again in the future.
So many nonprofits that applied are deserving of a new website, and we wish could work with all of the applicants. But one organization stood out, and we’re excited to share our website redesign journey with you all!
Chicago Jobs Council (CJC) works with its members to ensure access to employment and career advancement opportunities for people living in poverty. As a coalition of more than 100 community-based training organizations, advocacy groups, businesses and individuals, CJC works to influence the development and reform of public policies and programs designed to move into the workforce.
Since 1981, CJC has been advocating for Chicago’s low-income residents and monitoring economic development funds earmarked for those residents. Today, they are a respected voice on anti-poverty issues and a major player in the passage and implementation of local, state and national legislation.
Our decision was based on three factors — need, opportunity and sustainability. We’re confident that a website redesign will allow CJC to better tell their story and will help them make an even greater impact in the community.
Here’s what Eric Halvorson, Policy & Communications Associate at CJC, had to say:
“At CJC, we work with partners across Illinois to make sure that the most disadvantaged job seekers can get good jobs. We build a lot of relationships. We tell stories—stories about the barriers faced by our neighbors, and about the best solutions to help them gain skills and employment. Our current website isn’t making that work any easier.
A new site will reflect our reputation for excellence and innovation. It will help us tell stories of our impact, and share important resources. But it’s not just about making us look good. If we can help people understand our work just a little bit better, that will mean that they also better understand the complexity of needs and barriers faced by the most disadvantaged job seekers. The whole reason we exist is because for many, it’s not as easy as simply going out and finding a job. A better website will not only improve our online presence, it can help people understand the difficult reality for the job seekers we work to help.”
We are so inspired by CJC’s work, and can’t wait to help tell their story on a new website! As we work on the project together, we’ll continue to share our progress on the blog and social media. Stay tuned for more updates!