Tag: Immigration reform

Retail sector employment rises, wages do not follow

WORKFORCE
The retail sector in D.C. has seen significant employment and sales growth over the last few years, but wages have remained stagnant. The D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis takes a look at the numbers and explores the reasons behind the slow growth that affects a number of workers in the District. (District, Measured, 9/30)

Despite the growth in the retail sector sales and employment, total payroll at retail establishments remained stagnant and earnings per employee, after adjusting for inflation, do not appear to have increased. In 1997, a retail worker in the District took home what would have been the equivalent of $25,642 today. In 2012, earnings were up by only about $1,000 compared to 1998, but down from earnings from 2007, which stood at $28,913.

Opinion: An instructor and restaurant server shares why she thinks people should stop applying labels like “low-skilled” when referring to task-oriented workers, and explains how perceptions can work to keep some people in poverty. (NYT, 10/1)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | In their continuing Matters@Hand thought-leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND explores innovative affordable housing policies from around the country. (Helping Hands Blog, 6/1)

EDUCATION
– DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson launched an initiative to expand AP classes in high schools across the city and increase course offerings available to low-income and minority students, but the failure rate has grown rapidly for students trying to pass the college-level courses. (GGW, 9/29)

– High schools across D.C. and Virginia saw rising graduation rates in 2015, consistent with nationwide trends. (WaPo, 9/29)

The Data Are Damning: How Race Influences School Funding (Atlantic, 9/30)

ARTS | If you’ve seen some pretty inspiring garbage trucks making their way through the District lately, thank the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities  in partnership with the Department of Public Works for hosting a competition featuring the original designs of local artists. (WaPo, 9/30)

IMMIGRATION | For Immigrants, the ‘Melting Pot’ Is a Mixed Bag (City Lab, 9/30)


Hopefully, you never find yourself in an emergency situation where you need to call the police. But in the event that you do, please make sure it is not for this reason

– Ciara

Caring for a growing population of seniors

WORKFORCE/AGING
By the year 2030, about one-in-four U.S. adults will be seniors age 65 or older. As the population ages, the need for quality home-care workers is growing, while their salaries and training requirements are not. (Atlantic, 4/27)

[…] the resources to help seniors stay at home are shrinking. Many seniors are finding that their boomer children are staying in the workforce longer than they did, and are unable to care for them. Demand for direct-care workers is expected to grow 37 percent between 2012 and 2022. Demand for personal care aides alone—the entry-level workers in the field—will grow 49 percent. There are currently 3.5 million direct-care workers in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Seven years from now, there will be 1.3 million more.

[…]

On average, home care aides work 34 hours a week, and make an average of $17,000 a year. One in four live in households below the federal poverty line, and one in three doesn’t have health care because their employer doesn’t offer it or because they can’t afford it.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the field has a high rate of turnover—some estimates put it as high as 60 percent.

Of the ten occupations that added the most new jobs in 2012, personal-care aides earned less than all except for fast-food workers, according to the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute.

Related: In 2013, WRAG published an edition of What Funders Need to Know about the challenges facing this critical workforce. (Daily, June 2013)

CSR 
– Ashley Williams, a UMD graduate student who has been working at Capital One since September through WRAG’s Philanthropy Fellows program, reflects on what she has learned during her fellowship about building partnerships between corporate and nonprofit organizations and aligning business strategy and community need. (Daily, 4/27)

WRAG Members: WRAG’s Philanthropy Fellows program is an exclusive partnership with the University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Through the program, WRAG connects our member organizations with UMD students studying philanthropy and nonprofit leadership at the School of Public Policy. Applications to host a Philanthropy Fellow are due by Friday, May 8. Learn more about the program and how to participate here.

– Last week, WRAG held the first Fundamentals of CSR workshop – a two-day event for individuals wanting to better understand the field of corporate responsibility, corporate philanthropy, and corporate community involvement. Here’s a special thank you to those who helped make the event a big success!

INEQUALITY 
– Income inequality is not just a problem for those in poverty; it’s a growing problem that affects everyone. Economic experts weigh in on some possible ways to begin tackling the widening gap. (The Baltimore Sun, 4/26)

– Forcing Black Men Out of Society (NYT, 4/25)

TRANSIT | Greater Greater Washington has released some new, interactive graphs that show the accessibility of the region’s metro stations to jobs and living spaces. (GGW, 4/24)

IMMIGRATION | Opinion: Think of Undocumented Immigrants as Parents, Not Problems (NYT, 4/27)


Do you communicate through emojis on your smartphone? Find out which ones are being used the most around the world.  

– Ciara

2014 Annual Meeting a big success

WRAG
Yesterday was WRAG’s 2014 Annual Meeting. It was a great event with memorable art, performances, and speakers. Be sure to check out some of the highlights from the day on our Facebook page. Thank you to all who helped make this year’s event a success!

Additionally, the following Board members were unanimously re-elected to WRAG’s Board of Directors. We are so pleased to have them back!

Re-elected for a second two-year term:
Diana Meyer, Citi Community Development
Mary McClymont, Public Welfare Foundation

Re-elected for a third two-year term:
Anna Bard,  Wells Fargo
Carol Thompson Cole, Venture Philanthropy Partners
K. Lynn Tadlock, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation

COMMUNITY/CSR | Congratulations to PNC and Capital One for taking home big wins at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2014 Corporate Citizenship Awards last night! (USCCF, 11/21)

IMMIGRATION | On the heels of President Obama’s big speech addressing immigration reform, hundreds of area immigrants gathered outside of the White House to celebrate. (DCist, 11/20 and WAMU, 11/21)

In a 15-minute speech, Obama said undocumented people who have been in the country for more than five years, have children who are citizens or legal residents, and register, pass a criminal background check and pay taxes will be allowed to stay in America at least temporarily.

HEALTH | For a number of Arlington residents the only chance at much needed medical care is through a lottery system. (WaPo, 11/20)

TRANSIT | What does nixing the long planned Arlington streetcar line potentially reveal about class divisions in the county? Some feel it is quite obvious. (WaPo, 11/19)

Lower-income, racially diverse South Arlington has been counting on the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects to deliver a jolt of growth. Residents there hoped the new transit lines would lead developers to rebuild aged apartment buildings and spruce up dreary strip malls.

Instead, the county’s abandonment of the streetcar has instantly created major doubts about the area’s future and made it less competitive.

PHILANTHROPY | How the Other Half Gives: Philanthropy From High Net Worth Individuals (NPQ, 11/18)

ARTS | DCist highlights some of the best galleries and art collections in the District. (DCist, 11/20)

FOOD | Can Whole Foods Change the Way Poor People Eat? (Slate, 11/19)

REGION | The Alexandria Council of Human Services Organizations (ACHSO) is updating its 2008 Alexandria Needs Assessment.  The assessment describes the human services needs and resources in the city’s communities to provide information about issues affecting residents and recommendations for how public and private sector organizations can better address those issues. Anyone who lives and/or works in Alexandria can complete the survey here by December 5th.


Are you leaving the region for Thanksgiving next week? There’s two things to keep in mind: 1). here are the best and worst times to travel, and; 2). you can bring back a pumpkin or sweet potato pie for me…I’m not picky.

-Ciara