a catalyst for Economic and Community Development


Crawford County's newest workforce initiative--Crawford Works-- partners with employers to decrease turnover by building a stronger, and better-prepared workforce. Crawford Works also supports job-seekers who want to work their way out of poverty, successfully manage barriers to employment.

We are proud to have launched this ambitious, and community-driven initiative, and our investors continue to support this new 501(c)(3) through Crawford: 20/20 Vision's Education & Workforce Preparation Action Team.


“Poverty is a cancer that keeps growing while killing our neighbors.  Isn’t it time we come together to find a lasting cure for this disease?"

~ Dave Phillips, co-founder, Cincinnati Works


An effective approach to transitioning people into steady employment has to address the multiple barriers an individual faces and it must do so by addressing the whole person.  This approach respects the dignity of the members while building them up to become responsible for themselves.  Economically self-sufficient individuals are taxpayers, role models, and productive citizens who are able to provide for themselves and their families without public assistance

By helping someone transition to steady employment, employers will benefit from a previously untapped source of entry- and mid-level workers; tapping into one of the largest labor pools available since women entered into the workplace during World War II.  The community will benefit because there will be a decreased need for public resources and a solution-focused strategy to eliminate poverty in the county.  

​~ from www.crawford-works.com 

Based on the Cincinnati Works program, Crawford works offers training workshops monthly and participants are members for life. For more information, call Robin Hildebrand, Crawford Works Director, 419.310.4653.