Giving Back in a Big Way

Mediaon September 6th, 2017Comments Off on Giving Back in a Big Way
(The Belflex Team - Bob Baer, Jay Clawson and Casey Wagonfield)

(The Belflex Team – Bob Baer, Jay Clawson and Casey Wagonfield)

BelFlex Staffing Network is the leading provider of flexible workforce solutions to industrial clients in the Greater Cincinnati Area. What many may not know is their strong commitment to reinvesting in the community.  As Chairman Candace D. McCaw explains, “When you live and do business in a community, you have a duty to give back.” And through a partnership with Freestore Foodbank, Candace and her family are giving back in a big way.

LIFT the TriState stands for Logistics, Inventory management, Facilities management and Transportation. It was only a dream of Freestore Foodbank to provide free training to under-employed and unemployed individuals in the logistics field until BelFlex and the McCaw Family Charitable Fund helped make it a reality. Through their financial investment in the start-up needs of the program, and the invaluable support of the BelFlex Team (led by Bob Baer, Jay Clawson and Casey Wagonfield) in developing the program design, both the Company and the family have helped make this vital resource available to local families struggling to find a stable and sustainable career.

Giving back is nothing new to Candace and her husband Mike, CEO of BelFlex Staffing Network. The company’s mission, and passion, is helping people, organizations and communities succeed—what they call “Succeeding Together.” BelFlex was recently selected for both the 2017 Medical Mutual Pillar SHARE Award for employee-driven community service in greater Cincinnati and the 2017 Inavero Best of Staffing Client Award for client satisfaction. In addition, BelFlex’s Junior Mentoring Program works with high school students in BelFlex markets throughout the Midwest and Southeast to inspire them to explore and build careers in growing industrial fields.

(The McCaw family)

(The McCaw Family – Jason, Matthew, Candace, Michael, and Amanda McCaw Steele)

BelFlex and the McCaw Family were looking for new ways to align their giving with the needs of its clients and employees, when former Freestore Foodbank Board Member, Mike Collette, connected them with the vision Kurt Reiber, CEO of Freestore Foodbank, had for the LIFT the Tristate program.  The program’s first class started in July and will receive free hands-on training, industry recognized certification and direct linkage to potential employers. With the help of two other important partners, Gateway Community & Technical College and the Life Learning Center, LIFT the TriState evolved into a comprehensive 12-week course that can be a first step to a college degree and a fulfilling career in the growing logistics field.

As regional employment opportunities continue to grow in logistics and transportation, LIFT the Tristate will provide people that might otherwise have a difficult time finding employment with the skills to build a sustainable and fulfilling career. At the same time, businesses will now have greater access to the workforce they need to grow and prosper. In the process, the greater Cincinnati community will become stronger and the line at Freestore Foodbank will become shorter. LIFT the Tristate is truly a “Succeeding Together” solution.

LIFT the TriState is now accepting applications for its next class starting in early 2018 and Freestore Foodbank would love to hear how your company could become involved to help support meaningful careers in the region.

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