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    Getting refugee job seekers out and about

    Day 114

    Making Connections

    Refugee and immigrant job seekers in Chicago know that the team at Upwardly Global has their backs. But what’s even more amazing is the thriving community that the organization has built – they have their backs, too.

    A big part of that community is United Airlines. Employees from the company regularly give their time to Upwardly Global’s volunteer events, where they do interview practice, resume reviews, and networking practice.

    Both Upwardly Global and United employees emphasize the importance of networking for anyone on the job hunt. So we decided to support one of these events with a little surprise – something that will make it a little easier for job seekers to follow that advice.

    What better place to continue the conversation than at Starbucks? We surprised every job seeker at a United volunteer interview event with Starbucks gift cards. And, we gave them a task – take someone out to coffee!

    And not just anyone…someone who works in their dream field. A professional they want to get to know better. Anyone who can help unlock doors – and jobs.

    “We want to encourage the networking,” says Favin from the Upwardly Global team. “Maybe there was somebody else in the introduction section that you wanted to talk to. Now you have a little bit of money, and you’re able to host them for a coffee date.”

    Hear what else Favin has to say on the power of this simple gift!

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    Changemakers 365

    by Alight


    The world’s tough problems can seem insurmountable. So at Alight, while we tackle those big problems we also do what’s doable. Right then. And that’s what Changemakers 365 is all about. Learn more!


    Changemakers 365 members give either $30 per month or a one-time gift of $365 (it’s free for anyone who has ever lived in a refugee camp). Join us!

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