& Job Seekers
Community Works Project (CWP) empowers diverse families on TANF to obtain and maintain meaningful work that sustains their families, through an individualized approach that includes coaching, skills building, employment barriers removal and employer connections. We welcome new families to our program year-round and value the experience and aspirations of everyone. When you join CWP as a new member, you are joining our caring community.
CWP only serves TANF families referred by their DHS Family Coach.
List of Services Offered during COVID-19 shutdown
We offer a variety of ways for participants to engage, while staying safe at home.
What to expect when you are referred to CWP for services
Welcome to the Community Works Project (CWP)! We're happy you are joining us as a new or returning member.
Our team at CWP bring diverse experience and cultural competency from six nonprofit agencies in Portland. Our friendly and experienced Employment and Engagement Specialists and the broader CWP team look forward to meeting you. We welcome everyone at CWP. Our purpose is to help you choose a path that works best for you, to reach your own goals!
You and your Family Coach at the Department of Human Services (DHS) have decided to refer you to CWP and here is what you can expect on your first visit.
1) Your DHS Family Coach has let us know to welcome you on the date you agreed to start with CWP. Please expect a phone call or text message from your new CWP Employment & Engagement Specialist on that day, to schedule an intake appointment over the phone. Please watch our short orientation video for an overview of our CWP services.
2) During your intake appointment, your Employment & Engagement Specialist will ask you questions over the phone to get your registered in the program and to get to know you. Alternatively, they may ask you to complete our online registration form prior to your appointment. During your intake appointment, you and the Engagement and Employment Specialist will discuss what your plans are, what you feel is the biggest challenge for you to find a job or explore opportunities available.
Through CWP, you also have access to vocational training opportunities, removing background barriers and disclosure letter writing help and a vast range of job readiness activities with a focus on designing a plan and schedule that fits in with your life!
3) You can decide the best schedule for your weekly activities, and you and your Employment and Engagement Specialist will stay connected and check in once a week to explore progress.
4) At the end of the intake, you will plan for next steps on an individual plan that works best for you. You will discuss online and phone options for completing your plan from home, including the various online workshops that CWP offers. After your intake, you will receive a document by email to sign electronically, to allow us to contact your future employer. Please also take a couple minutes to let us know how we did, by responding to our anonymous survey.
We look forward to working with you! These are extraordinary times that can be stressful.
We are committed to working with you to make your time with CWP manageable and productive. Right now is a great time to build up skills, explore new career opportunities, and plan for your future!