I believe strongly in the idea of Workfare Incorporated. I will continue to devote time and energy to making the idea a reality. It is the most satisfying volunteer work I have ever done. I recognize, however, that only a broad base of generous support will make Workfare as successful as possible.
Our application for 501(c)3 status was approved in September. That means that donations to Workfare Incorporated are tax deductible. That will also make it a lot easier to get businesses to sponsor concerts and other benefits. I am in the process of recruiting my “dream team” for the Board of Directors and an Advisory Board.
The need for a new approach is clear. The stimulus bill passed earlier this year has saved or created some jobs, yet the unemployment rate continues to rise. Beyond the statistics, individual members of our society who are willing and able to work, but are unable to find a job, are suffering the pain and frustration of joblessness – relying on charities or the government to support themselves and their family. Many are facing and/or dealing with the loss of their homes, bankruptcy, and the loss of hope.
We can go on hoping for “change we can believe in” from the government. It may come — eventually. In the meantime, we need to act to change some things now. If enough people get involved with Workfare Incorporated, by making a donation, however small, by attending our benefits, or by simply helping to spread the word about Workfare Incorporated, we can begin putting Americans back to work.
For additional information about Workfare Incorporated, or to get involved, go to workfareinc.org.