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New Welfare-to-Work Initiative Seeks Nonprofits

by Molly O'Connell

Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Department of Labor have launched a program designed to successfully transition those on welfare to meaningful employment. Nonprofit employers are invited to participate by hosting worksites for individuals transitioning from welfare to work.

Through its programs for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Additional Support for People in Retraining and Employment (ASPIRE), DHHS is working with DOL’s CareerCenters on this joint initiative to develop an individual’s essential work skills.

Nonprofit employers often offer worksites that meet the specific criteria for this program and can benefit from the contributions of ASPIRE participants. Work experiences with participating employers may last up to 26 weeks. The TANF program requires participants to work or be engaged in a defined work-related activity. The work participation rate is monitored by the federal government.

Employers who choose to hire their participants for permanent positions may be eligible to claim federal tax credits where applicable.

Find more information about  how your organization can participate in this new welfare-to-work program.

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