The city of South Bend is partnering with Goodwill Industries of Michiana and others to launch an initiative aimed at connecting community members with local hiring employers. The city says the online portal launched on May 1 and features up-to-date positions from employers in the greater South Bend region.
The partnership says the job board lists employers that are located within about 35 miles of South Bend and meet criteria for essential businesses allowed to be open. The site will also allow employers to describe the COVID-19-related safety and precautionary measures they are taking.
“We know that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted workers and families in our region, many of whom face uncertainty about if or when they can return to work,” said South Bend Mayor James Mueller. “During these tough economic conditions there are employers actively hiring, and there will be more as the economy re-opens. This initiative is about helping our community find work more easily, now and into our recovery.”
The city is encouraging employers who are actively hiring to submit their job listings on the portal, and says job seekers can browse for jobs from a list of over 140 employers who are already listed as hiring.
In addition to the city and Goodwill, other regional partners including WorkOne Northern Indiana, the South Bend Regional Chamber, Ivy Tech Community College, and the South Bend Elkhart Regional Partnership are assisting in promoting and supporting the initiative.
The city says it has also partnered with Yext, a New York-based technology provider that is developing the platform pro bono.