McDonald’s to Hire 50,000 on National Hiring Day!

Tomorrow, prescription salve April 19, McDonald’s is looking to hire up to 50,000 people nationwide.   Offering jobs with flexibility, training, competitive benefits and growth opportunities, McDonald’s also has a scholarship program for employees and the opportunity to earn college credits.

Currently employing more than 650,000 people, McDonald’s restaurants spend nearly $43.3 million per day and are a major economic presence in American communities. This target of hiring 50,000 new employees means that McDonald’s and their franchisees will generate more than $1.4 billion in consumer spending at a time when the U.S. economy needs the boost and our communities need jobs more than ever.  African American teens, 38.5 percent of whom are currently unemployed, may especially benefit from this hiring blitz.

The National Urban League continues to push for federal action in response to the jobs crisis in urban America and applauds McDonald’s for doing its part with its “National Hiring Day.”

To find out more about McDonald’s National Hiring Day visit:
http://www.iamempowered.com/article/2011/04/15/mcdonalds-national-hiring-day

 

 

 

Urban League position on Issue 3

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Voters of Toledo clearly expressed their will as it relates to Toledo Public Schools and Issue 3.  With the failure of this levy an opportunity has been created to really begin a dialogue between Toledo Public Schools, rx its Board, Administration, Administration and Teacher Unions, parents, community and most importantly the students.

The Greater Toledo Urban League, while expressing opposition to the levy, take no pleasure in its failure.  We rather view this as a potential watershed moment from which we can choose to either continue the same confrontational and “pass the blame” rhetoric or we can forge a “new way forward” that will address the varied issues we now face.  A plan to effectively address the inequities in the offering of a quality education for all students and the creation of a culture that supports community-based schools is paramount to the success of this district.

We further understand that the responsibility is not solely on TPS, but it is a collective responsibility that must be borne by all beginning with parents, citizens, the religious leaders, and business professionals.  NOW is the time for leadership! It is the desire of the Greater Toledo Urban League to work with TPS and this community to ensure that each child in Toledo receives a quality education that prepares them for college, careers and productive citizenship.  We ask that you join us in this effort!

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GTUL’s Position Statement on Issue 3 – Toledo Public Schools Levy

We face a crucial time in the life and history of our city.  Job growth in some sectors remains dismal, unemployment continues to hover around 12% for the City, and overall the economic rebound we desire to see is slow at best.  The City of Toledo in order to close a $48 million deficit has had to call on employees to take cuts in pay and do more with less, Unions to agree to concessions and everyday citizens to bear a larger percentage of the load.

At the same time, within the City our school system is facing an enormous budget crisis as well.  As it attempts to close a $30 million deficit, there has been much discussion about where to generate revenue and make cuts.  Unfortunately the Board and Administration of our District has engaged in little dialogue to collectively come up with a solution that creates the needed change and reform to provide ALL students with a quality, first-class education.

Over the past ten years we have seen a sharp decline in the number of students in the district (per Ohio Department of Education enrollment declined 27%, from approximately 35,000 to approximately 26,000).  While the enrollment has declined, revenues and expenditures per pupil not only have increased disproportionately, but have also seen an increase that has far outpaced inflationary rates.  This rough analysis supports our belief that this community has supported levies almost without question and in some instances blindly.  More specifically, the precincts that comprise the Central City (which is primarily minority) has staunchly supported each levy while receiving the majority of school cuts and the lowest amount of resources necessary to prepare students for college, work and life.  Additionally, through the “Building for Success” program we have seen a disproportionate share of contracts being awarded to minority contractors and new or renovated schools have seen a very apparent delay of and even exclusion from the plan altogether.  The levy, if passed on the backs of the community, will have a devastating impact on poor and working families, as many of them have little disposable income to bear an additional tax at this time.

The Greater Toledo Urban League, as an affiliate of the National Urban League, has adopted as one of its long range goals, “ensuring each child receives a quality education that prepares them for college, work and life by 2025”.  We are 100% committed to this goal, however locally we find it difficult to achieve within a District that is begging for reform and lacking in transparency and accountability.  It is disingenuous at best and blatantly hypocritical at its worst for Toledo Public Schools to ask the community to support a levy and trust their judgment when resources have been squandered and decisions made that will have a negative impact on success and progress in the future.

We support our students wholeheartedly and we support quality teachers within our District.   However we recognize that to continue providing funds without a clear strategic focus and vision; without a massive reform of administration; without a review and revision of union contracts; and without a concentrated effort to work collaboratively with the entire community, will be the greatest disservice we could do to our community’s most precious assets – OUR YOUTH.  Therefore the Greater Toledo Urban League, at this time cannot support Issue 3.

Now is the time for this community to step up and hold our elected officials and public institutions accountable!

Now is the time for this community to step up and volunteer to assist students in their quest to not only secure a quality education, but also to become productive contributors to our community!

Now is the time for this community to step up and contribute to the success of each youth in a way that is commensurate with one’s ability!

GTUL’s Recommendations
  1. Develop a Strategic Plan: There is a “plan” that is more than five years old.  This could be revisited, but the landscape is different and our students, teachers and community should know that there is a plan and that it is being followed and implemented
  2. Review and “right-size” the administration: Based on what is present today within the District are the levels and layers of administration still applicable and more importantly appropriate.
  3. Review and revise union contracts: This must be done in collective and collaborative so as to make student education and learning the best it can be.  We must be “ahead of the curve” on many issues and realize that what worked even five years ago is different today given our current situation.
  4. Develop and foster an environment that welcomes continuous collaboration and innovation, while valuing human capital: This is critical in bringing about transformational change to this community.  TPS cannot be seen as “the problem” alone, as it will take an entire village to ensure that children are prepared for post-secondary education, work and life

[note_box]NOTE:  Some of this discussion and corresponding support for focusing on these areas can be found in the report entitled, “Restoring Prosperity: The State Role in Revitalizing Ohio’s Core Communities” prepared by the Brookings Institution in conjunction with Greater Ohio.  The link to this document is below.

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Money Management Month

May is Money Management Month!!!

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  • Have you ever run short on money at the end of the month?
  • Or have you sent out hundreds of resumes not to receive a single call back?
  • Do you or someone you know had trouble ever had to deal with foreclosure?

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If so the Financial Stability Collaborative is here to help!!

During the month of May the Financial Stability Collaborative will be holding classes that are open to the public  to help with Foreclosure Prevention, visit this   Managing a Budget, and Helping you get your next job…

For a full list of events and times visit our events page on facebook..

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Consolidation and Conservation: It Saves Money

The Greater Toledo Urban League Young Professionals and Greater Toledo Urban League GUILD have organized this event in tandem with the upcoming 2010 13th Annual Dinner and Centennial Celebration.

This event is free to the public and is a chance to find out more about the Urban League and our programs and services.

For more information please call (419) 243-3343 and RSVP for this event on our Facebook page.
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and tenants to save money. Commercial users have known for a long time that they
could improve the bottom line by locating two, three, or more food concepts at
one restaurant outlet. By cross marketing several brands they own, but more
importantly, saving money on opening additional brick and mortar stores they
achieve increased revenue without the additional expenses. For example, Yum
Foods! one of the largest corporations in the country, which owns brands like
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Their competitors have taken notice and are planning similar operations changes
in the near future, not just because its innovative, but because it makes good
financial sense. Spend less to make more!

In other ways real estate consolidation has been an effective tool
to maximize limited resources. During our current financial crisis nationally in
the residential housing market a similar phenomenon is happening. Many home
owners who have fallen behind on mortgage payments or may be facing loss of
employment have began taking in tenants or relatives to share the cost of
utilities and other living expenses. We are seeing many colleagues use
carpooling as a method to save on gasoline. These are all very smart tried and
true ways to save money.

These words; consolidation, conservation, and cash-flow, are more important than
ever today. Businesses, individual people, and even our government all have the
same challenges of high cost and low revenue. With that in mind, the merger of
companies, banks, households, and government agencies not only makes sense, but
it has become a necessity.

[pullquote_right]Always remember that in life success is the greatest revenge…[/pullquote_right]For Northwest Ohio we could apply some of this same logic. The City of Toledo
currently has an estimated $48 million dollar deficit with no clear way to dig
ourselves out. Although I have complete confidence in Mayor Mike Bell’s
strategy, he could take this advice as well. “Look at your facilities and merge
where you can.” Of course the politics will have to be worked out, but the
savings on operating cost could reduce the deficit by millions over time. We
didn’t get into this whole over night and we probably won’t climb out by
morning. As well with Lucas County, there are many facilities and agencies that
could be consolidated to save money. Due to the age and condition of most of the
buildings occupied by the agencies supportive services, now is probably the best
opportunity to implement and consolidation and conservation strategy. By either
constructing new or rehabilitating old buildings to house the larger most
essential County service agencies, an almost immediate savings could be
realized. Through using renewable energy and green technology sources the long
term reduction in operating cost would be a direct benefit to the Lucas County
taxpayer to the tune of millions of dollars.

Through the leadership of our County Commissioners and Mayor Bell we are heading
toward increased financial stability. The strategies and techniques of
consolidation and conservation in tandem, in my opinion, are two of the ways to
begin that journey.

Always remember that in life success is the greatest revenge…

Rodney K. Neely

In Your Face

Its almost time to bring out the barbecue grills and the volley ball nets, visit this boy does time fly,because summer is nearly in full swing. This update is probably a little behind schedule but that is because we have been working so hard around here that we didn’t have time to tell you about all the work we have been doing. So in case you haven’t noticed we’ve got a lot of things on the table that are really building our momentum and propelling the Greater Toledo Urban League that you know up into orbit with the best of them. We have really stepped up in a lot of areas that people are now, finally, beginning to notice.

First and foremost, our public exposure as far as the media and community events is concerned, has really taken off and now almost anyone with a T.V. and a couple minutes to spare has either seen us on Bridges or heard about one or more of the events that we were recently involved with. To compliment that effort we have really really stepped up our online web 2.0 efforts in order to make everything about us more search-able and web friendly for the benefit of those non-T.V watching web surfers. We are certainly well on our way to the self imposed challenge of being the best in the field when it comes to brand recognition and organization clarity (and we definitely have some heavy competition).

So this is  the point where  we ask for your help. So far this blog itself stands as our primary tool when it comes to passing on the internal information of our organization but in case you haven’t noticed it is still somewhat naked. We need you and everyone you know to visit our blog and actively participate in the community elements of this online world. We need everything from comments, discussions, and good old fashioned debates to guest authors, news submissions and insider community event updates. There is a lot going on in our fair little town and a good portion of the events are poorly attended simply based on the fact of lack of exposure. We are hoping to position ourselves as an outlet or hub for all things non profit and community. Its a big feat to take on but if we, in a single weekend, can generate 219 fans on a face book page that was designed and finalized by one guy on a Friday afternoon one hour before the end of the workday then with a collaborative effort strategically planed and established by a full community of concerned citizens willing to invest and sacrifice their money and time for the benefit of the city as a whole then we can surely take over the world. Just something to think about.

So as we move forward we only ask that now that we have made our presence known and our intentions clear that you, the community, help us to take our message further than we alone can do. There is much more work to be done but its gonna take a lot more than we can ever hope to do alone. Thank you for all the love and support you have shown us up to now. We love you all.

Be sure to follow us wherever you can. We are working to be everywhere we need to be to make sure the method and message of The Greater Toledo Urban League is heard and seen loud and clear.

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  2. We are also on Facebook. To become a fan of The Greater Toledo Urban League log in to your Facebook account and visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Greater-Toledo-Urban-League/633651977 for more information.
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  3. Lastly we are in the process of engaging active community members to be a part of our development committee. The development committee will be a small group of individuals who are active in the community and understand the basic mission and vision of the Urban League. Their ultimate goal will be to mold the message of the league into a consumer friendly package that will stay on the minds and lips of the people we serve. This committee is solely responsible for helping us get the word out about what we do and why we do it. If you are interested visit our contact page and leave us your full details so we can contact you.

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WE HAVE BEEN FEATURED!

Well not exactly featured, store but our very own employment coach Phil Cunningham was recently interviewed in The Toledo Blade today regarding the upcoming Career Camp, which will be held on Wednesday April 8th, 2009 at the Seagate Center in Downtown Toledo. In response to what people should expect when they attend the event tomorrow, Phil was quoted as saying, ”Come with an open mind and be ready to work.”

Career Camp, sponsored by The Blade and WTOL-TV, Channel 11, begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Sessions start at 9 a.m. and are 45 minutes each, with a lunch break from noon to 1:15 p.m. Sessions resume at 1:30, with the last ending at 3:15 p.m. Camp closes at 4 p.m. During each 45-minute block, attendees will have a chance to take part in any of the five workshops: how to navigate a job fair; resume writing; resume review; interviewing techniques, and jobs of the future. –Excerpt from the Toledo Blade

If you plan on attending please arrive early and professionally. If you have any question you can call our office at (419) 243-3343 or send us an email at info@gtul.org.

Once again, congratulations to Phil and the rest of the GTUL staff who work hard everyday to better the community and help those most in need.

Bridges Part 1

On your mark! Get set! Go!

The Greater Toledo Urban League is going for the gold and only with your help can we claim first prize. We are well on our way to becoming the most social media connected non-profit organization in Toledo and beyond and with your help we can be the best. Right now we are launching a major social media campain that includes all of the top social media
Official Statement regarding the “reduction in workforce” At the Greater Toledo Urban League

On June 30, mind 2009, viagra the Greater Toledo Urban League reduced it’s workforce by a total of seven positions.  Of those seven positions, generic five involved the displacement of staff and two were positions that will remain unfilled.  The reduction, while unfortunate is a direct result of a loss in funding for the coming fiscal year (2009-2010).

Each staff person was apprised of this possible reduction in January 2009, as we were projecting our financial position for the second half of the fiscal year.  Official notice of these position eliminations was communicated to the staff two weeks prior (June 16, 2009).  John C. Jones, President and C.E.O. stated, “The loss of funding and most importantly these staff persons, is difficult, but it is also an all too true reality that many organizations, businesses and institutions are facing during these very tough economic times”.

The positive news is that the Urban League is very much alive and continues to operate valuable and needed programs for this community.

  • We are continuing our work at the J. Frank Troy Senior Center with a full complement of services designed to assist seniors.
  • We are working with our youth this summer through three programs:
    • S.T.R.I.V.E., which is designed to assist high school students pass the Ohio Graduation Tests
    • Summer G.A.M.E.S., which is a collaborative effort between the City of Toledo, United Way and FunGame Sports that teach youth life lessons through sports
    • Summer Basketball, which is a collaboration between Frederick Douglas Community Association, Sleepy Hollow Athletic Association and the GTUL
  • We are proud to be a collaborative partner through funding from the United Way to offer assistance to the Toledo community in the area dealing with “situational poverty” and financial literacy training.

“At the end of the day, our mission – “to improve the social and economic conditions of each person in our community, particularly African-Americans, other minorities and those that are disadvantaged” – is paramount to all that we do, and we must ensure that we are making solid business decisions that ultimately impact the service we provide”, states Mr. Jones.  The Urban League continues to actively seek funding from all sources (local, state-wide and national).  We ask for the support from this community by way of memberships, volunteers and alternative forms of giving.  For more information on how you can support the Greater Toledo Urban League, visit us at http://gtul.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (http://twitter.com/GTUL)

The Greater Toledo Urban League was officially established in August of 1996 as a National Urban League Affiliate.  Through the operation of programming in the areas of Education and Youth Services, Workforce Development, and Health & Quality of Life, we serve hundreds of families each year and utilize thousands of volunteer hours.  We serve a broad range of people from all ages (6 – 60+).

See the coverage featured by our media partner 13abc [Urban League Lays off 7 employees]

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