Our Mission: To change the lives of underserved residents, one by one, and make a real difference in underserved communities.
Project Community Capital's Theory of Change leverages social capital, a collective impact model framework, and technology to change hiring and job-seeking practices. The PCC innovation changes employers' hiring practices by helping them connect with ready workers from low-income communities through a simple-to-use online application. This intervention is designed to ensure that "Ready-to-Work" individuals from low-income communities have the social capital they need to access job opportunities. PCC informs unemployed people from low-income communities about jobs, prescreens candidates for work readiness, and makes accessing those candidates simple for employers. These activities are critical to changing the current hiring practices of subcontractors.
Employers will no longer need to spend time vetting people after construction starts, nor will they need to hire from government agency referrals. Employers will simply login to the Workforce Leverage™ application to fulfill their employment needs, making it easier to deliver their construction projects at a lower cost and without significant employee turnover. Low-income individuals' benefit by working for an extended period and employers will not need to expend their valuable and limited time retraining multiple employees for the same job.
Project Community Capital® has never tried to deal in breadth. Though we desperately hope to help all disadvantaged and struggling people in every community, we primarily do our work through prioritizing depth, NOT breadth. This means we don't look to employ as many people as possible as quickly as possible – we look to employ the candidates that are ready and support the candidates that aren't, in order to ensure individuals get employed and stay employed.
This is both because we offer a holistic, human-centered approach, but also because we know that some people need help–not to bounce from job to job. We largely work with WFLC to offer employment barrier removal. We focus on aiding each person in economic elevation, through paying outstanding rent bills, buying candidates work clothes to wear to their new job, driving candidates to interviews, providing free transportation credits, and much more. We pride ourselves upon helping the individual gain momentum and escape poverty.
For many, it is that one bill, that flat tire, that child support charge or bad day that sends them right back into poverty, into prison, or worse. PCC is their support system on those days. We are that social network that many in disadvantaged communities cannot afford to have. We dive deep, instead of spreading ourselves thin.
Of placed candidates were already given a raise or two.
Of placed candidates are justice involved.
Of the candidates that were given more responsibility were justice involved.
Of placed candidates have been granted more responsibility since they started their position.
Was living in a Halfway House. Interviewed and, the day he left the Halfway house, was hired.
Got a job making more than she made with 4 jobs. Recently got a $5,000 raise.
A justice-involved individual who we got an interview. Showed up early and was hired on the spot.
Falsely imprisoned for decades and didn't know how to use a phone. We taught him how to use a phone, and he found himself a job.
Got a job at DC Tour Bus and went from working part-time to working full-time. Now training for his CDL, sponsored by PCC.
Just graduated from the Vehicles For Change and got a job at Ford Motors. He expressed interest in mental health groups sessions.
Was engaged right before COVID hit. We didn't want to let her down so NREUV hired her. She's still a valued member of the team.
Started working as a general laborer on the Port Covington project
with Miller, Arnold, and Long. Used his new Social capital and got a job at CBG when gis contract was completed.
Retention Rate: 94%
Construction Jobs: 18
Permanent Jobs: 7
Retention Rate: 100%
Construction Jobs: 42
Retention Rate: 83%
Construction Jobs: 3
Permanent Jobs: 5
Permanent Jobs: 4
Of placed candidates (between 2020 - 2023) are justice involved.