NJDOL Awards $1.1 Million Through First CARE Grant to improve access to worker benefits and protections
TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) has awarded $1.1 million through its inaugural Cultivating Access, Rights, and Equity grant program ( CARE) to 13 beneficiaries, including four collaboratives, totaling 28 organizations. The CARE Grant was created to facilitate equitable awareness, education, and access to New Jersey’s many generous benefits and protections for eligible workers, including temporary disability insurance, family leave insurance, and earned sick leave.
Honorees include community organizations, worker centers, domestic violence agencies, service providers and faith groups that have demonstrated trusting relationships with their communities across the state, as well as methods of culture-specific outreach and education; and the ability to connect underserved residents to government benefits and protections.
“We are proud to partner with these distinguished organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to equity in their communitiessaid Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “With the help of their established relationships with specific communities, we look forward to reaching every worker in New Jersey to ensure they are aware of all of the benefits and protections available to them.”
Grantees will engage in initiatives such as social media and text campaigns, share information at community events, provide one-on-one counseling to workers, and organize trainings, events and presentations. These efforts will primarily focus on populations least likely to access their benefits and protections, such as: women, youth, immigrants, and low-income workers; employees such as launderers, warehouses, food service, domestics and nail salons; People with Disabilities; victims/survivors of domestic violence; Parents; and caregivers. One of the goals of the grant program is to help eliminate disparities in access to paid leave related to race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Latinos are New Jersey’s fastest growing segment of the population, bringing an estimated $46 billion in spending power to the state’s economy; however, they face a myriad of challenges in the workplace,” said Ileana J. Montes, deputy director and general counsel for the Immigration & American Citizenship Organization (IACO). “We commend NJDOL for the CARE grant because educating the Latino community about their workplace rights is at the forefront of solutions, and it goes hand in hand with our mission to educate, empower, and uplift families. immigrant workers, thus facilitating their integration. and inclusion in American society.
Says Beatriz Patino-Sherard, economic justice coordinator for the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV): “Lack of economic security is the number one reason domestic violence survivors stay in relationships. abusive, which is exacerbated for people living in marginalized communities. . This partnership with the New Jersey Department of Labor will help NJCEDV and our programs ensure that survivors across the state know about and can access their right to paid leave without losing their job or income – a critical resource within of a survivor. security plan. »
The full list of CARE’s first grantees is below:
|Grant for FY2022 Cultivating Access, Rights and Equity (CARE)|
|Main organization||Partner organizations||Counties to serve||Grant amount|
|Support Committee for Agricultural Workers (CATA)||Allies in Caring, Bring South Jersey Back to Life||Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem||$55,000|
|Lakewood Resource and Guidance Center||Solutions to soon end poverty||Ocean||$75,000|
|NJ Citizen Action Education Fund||Laundry Workers Center, National Domestic Workers Alliance (NJ Chapter), NJ Breastfeeding Coalition, New Labour, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Wind of the Spirit||Ocean, Statewide, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union, Warren||$240,000|
|NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence
|Community Affairs and Resource Center, Warren County Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Exhale Women’s Fellowship, Inc., Harambe Social Services, Inc., Spirit of Excellence – Leadership Guidance, Inc., Wafa House||Statewide, Burlington, Camden, Monmouth, Passaic, Union, Warren||$110,000|
|Organization||Counties to serve||Grant amount|
|Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc.||Bergen, Hudson, Passaic||$75,000|
|The Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey||Camden, Gloucester||$50,000|
|HOPES Community Action Partnership, Inc.||Hudson, Somerset, Union||$75,000|
|U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Organization||Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic||$75,000|
|Jefferson Park Ministries, Inc.||union||$75,000|
|Latin American Fund for Legal Defense and Education||Mercier||$50,000|
|Hit the road to New Jersey||Essex, Middlesex, Passaic, Union||$70,000|
|salvation and social justice||Statewide||$75,000|
|VietLead||Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester||$75,000|
The CARE grant meets the stipulations of the New Jersey Temporary Disability Benefits Act (PL1948, c.110 [C.43:21- 49]), which requires NJDOL to contract with community organizations to disseminate information about employee rights regarding temporary disability insurance and family leave, as well as New Jersey’s Earned Sick Leave Act (NJSA 34: 11D-1), requiring NJDOL to develop and implement a multilingual outreach program.
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