Winnebago Catch-A-Ride Receives Grant to Extend Employment Rides Program for Another Three Years

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January 3, 2020

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Jason White, CEO, Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation
(920) 230-3321, jason.white@greateroshkosh.com

Winnebago Catch-A-Ride Receives Grant to Extend Employment Rides Program for Another Three Years

Oshkosh, Wisconsin – The Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation received a grant in the form of a three-year commitment to support the Winnebago Catch-A-Ride initiative(WCAR). This grant is will further enhance the program’s capacity to provide reliable employment-based transportation to people consistently throughout Winnebago County in cases where the bus line is not operational or after operating hours.

The Winnebago Catch-A-Ride program provided more than 1,000 rides to work in its first year of service. Its focus is to help disadvantaged people transition out of poverty, and local businesses recruit and retain employees. Greater Oshkosh’s involvement in this initiative began last year when it received support from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Commute to Careers program to reduce the financial cost that riders incurred to get to their place of employment. As the need grows, Winnebago Catch-A-Ride is expanding to fill an integral role in the Greater Oshkosh community for workforce development and business growth.

The grant originates from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership, which is supported by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs within the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, the J.J. Keller Foundation, and other community partners. The grant will financially support the program by funding a workforce facilitator position, aiding efforts to get employers involved in the Catch-A-Ride program, and, most importantly, recruiting drivers through business development and outreach.

“The Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation thanks the Basic Needs Giving Partnership for recognizing the vital role that this program has in helping give people a hand up in their lives,” said Jason White CEO. “Greater Oshkosh board and staff is motivated to help Winnebago County find and retain workforce talent, and one way to accomplish that is by removing employment barriers.”

Greater Oshkosh EDC partners with East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin, Make the Ride Happen, Forward Service Corporation, and Feonix Mobility Rising on the Winnebago Catch-A-Ride program.

Founded in 2015, Greater Oshkosh EDC exists to preserve the health of existing companies, foster a positive entrepreneurial environment, connect companies to workforce and talent development resources, enhance the business climate and promote the quality of life in the greater Oshkosh area. For more information, visit www.greateroshkosh.com.

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