For Immediate Release

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) selected as an Uber Community Impact Initiative partner

Program will support increasing access to services by ensuring transportation is not a barrier

[Cook County – Chicago] (November 4, 2019) – The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership announced today that it has been selected to participate in the Uber Community Impact Initiative (CII). Support from Uber through CII will help ensure transportation is no longer a barrier to people throughout the Chicagoland region communities who need access to our services.

“The Partnership commends Uber for recognizing that access to transportation is often a barrier that impacts job seeker success,” said Karin M. Norington-Reaves, Chief Executive Officer of The Partnership. “This grant award will serve as a vital resource to help people bridge that gap.”

In addition to receiving the CII grant, The Partnership is also serving as the talent pipeline partner with Uber Freight which will create more than 2,000 new jobs in the Chicago market. These roles are primarily in Information Technology and Transportation Distribution and Logistics with additional roles in traditional corporate (Business to Business) services such as accounting, and account management, to name a few. The 2,000 roles will come to bear in the course of the next 3 years.

“In Chicago, we use our technology and resources to support organizations that are delivering meaningful, positive change,” said Sarah Freed, Uber Representative. The Partnership is one of those organizations and we’re proud to support their great work because The Partnership understands that transportation has the power to transform everyday life for the people in Chicago.”

Each year, Uber teams up with nonprofits across the region to support the cities in which we operate and help create opportunities for all. This year’s class of Community Impact Initiative partners includes organizations in many fields including Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Retail and Hospitality, Healthcare, Business and Administrative Services, and Construction that are working to positively impact Chicago through their work.

The Partnership is one of more than 70+ local nonprofits receiving support through this program. Organizations interested in participating in the Community Impact Initiative in the future can learn more at

About The Partnership

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is a non-profit umbrella organization operating the public workforce system for the City of Chicago and Cook County. The Partnership combines federal and philanthropic resources to provide comprehensive workforce development services to both employers and job seekers.

As the largest workforce development system in the nation, The Partnership has helped place more than 70,000 individuals in employment; collaborated with more than 2,000 employers; and administered more than $300 million in federal and philanthropic funds. The Partnership’s network of 53 community-based organizations, 10 American Job Centers, and three sector- driven workforce centers serves more than 10,000 people annually. Learn more at