To provide diverse resources to empower job seekers to achieve sustainable employment.
The Community Career Center is a 501c3 charitable organization. Funding for the Center comes from:
|Caterpillar Foundation||City of Naperville||Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley|
|DuPage County||Fox Valley United Way||Lisle Township|
|Naperville Exchange Club||Naperville Jaycees||Naperville Rotary|
|Naperville Township||Nicor, an AGL Resource Company||United Way Metro Chicago|
|Individual Donations||Corporate Donations||Church Donations|
The Community Career Center came into being as the result of a multiphase grass roots effort to address the concerns of the underemployed and unemployed in our community. Beginning in 1992, a Naperville United Way Community Needs Assessment revealed the number one concern of our local citizens was unemployment and underemployment. As a result the Community Career Center opened its doors in September 1996 to assist job seekers in developing the tools and resources needed to conduct a successful job search and return to work.
Unemployment adds daily pressures, stress, depression, and discouragement throwing a family into crisis. The Community Career Center partners with 23 local service agencies, together providing a safety net for job seekers and their families.
The Community Career Center provides a supportive and professional setting where job seekers can conduct an effective and successful job search. In addition, a professional staff of trained volunteers is available for individual consultation to assist job seekers in setting reasonable goals and implementing strategies that meet their specific needs. Perhaps the most unique feature about the Center is the one-on-one appointments. Which include: resume writing, networking, interviewing skills, job search strategy, career counseling, and basic computer skills. This provides the ability to customize the Center’s resources to the individual job seeker’s needs. Programs and services are available without geographic restrictions.
Community Career Center Statistics: (as of January 2017)
- 67% of job seekers reported they are the head of their households.
- Only 20% of our job seekers report they currently receive unemployment insurance benefits from their previous employer.
- Nearly ½ of our job seekers live significantly below the Median Family Income (MFI) level, meaning a job seeker living in a single household is recognized as living on an annual income of $53,200 (source: www.dupageco.org HUD Income Limits 06-01-2015).
- In an average six month activity period, the resources at the Community Career Center are called upon at a rate of nearly 1,800 times.
- In a typical calendar year, volunteers freely give just over 2,264 hours of their time and talent to help our job seekers obtain sustainable employment. These hours accumulate to approximately $170,000 of in-kind services provided.
Unemployment and Underemployment Statistics:
- According to the Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics, the latest reported U.S unemployment rate was 4.7% (February 2017) and the latest reported Illinois unemployment rate was 5.7% (January 2017). Note: These numbers do not take into account the underemployment rate ~ when a job seeker has found employment, but his/her work hours and/or wages have been reduced (source: www.bls.gov Bureau of Labor Statistic data).
- The latest reported U.S. underemployment rate was at 13.9% (February 2017) and the Illinois 2016 underemployment rate was at 10.9% (source:/www.americashealthrankings.org America's Health Rankings).
Recent Awards and Recognition
- 2014, 2013, 2006 Finalist – Naperville Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award for Not for Profit Organizations.
- 2005 & 2006 Gold Presidential Service Award for Volunteerism.
- 2005 Naperville Exchange Club Book of Good Deeds Award.
- 2005 Business Ledger ABBE Award as a Notable Not-for-Profit Organization.