Business-Led Resources Will Help Accelerate Economic Recovery Press Release

June 24, 2009

Washington, DC—Yesterday BCLC Executive Director Stephen Jordan delivered remarks outlining how businesses are providing services to help individuals and communities cope with the economic recession. Jordan's presentation took place in San Francisco at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, where the economic situation took center stage.

Jordan announced that BCLC has identified over 250 corporate programs designed to help individuals and communities, and he introduced a new tool created in partnership with IBM, called Jobs4Recovery. Jobs4Recovery is a free service that features jobs that are available now and service opportunities that are available in communities across the country.

"Last month, the U.S. Chamber's BCLC introduced a nationwide initiative, called Together for Recovery, which helps connect recession-busting business resources to individuals and small businesses that need assistance," said Jordan. "Jobs4Recovery is an example of how civic-minded businesses, like IBM, are using their assets and talents to make a difference, even in this difficult time." More than 41,000 pages of jobs are currently available in the Jobs4Recovery database.

The U.S. Chamber's Together for Recovery initiative was unveiled on May 4 and also features government and non-profit community service programs. Areas of assistance include housing, healthcare, and jobs. People who need immediate help can use Together for Recovery to access the United Way's 2-1-1 service and the Points of Light Institute's volunteerism capabilities.

"At a time when thousands of Americans are heeding the call to serve their communities, the business sector is working hard to be part of the solution," concluded Jordan.

At the conference, Jordan appeared on a panel about economic recovery alongside Dr. Julianne Malveaux (moderator), president, Bennett College for Women; Kirstin Lodal, co-founder and CEO, National Student Partnerships; and Eileen Fitzgerald, COO, NeighborWorks. Additional speakers at the conference included First Lady Michelle Obama; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver; Jon Bon Jovi; and Matthew McConaughey.

BCLC is a 501(c)3 affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a resource and voice for businesses and their social and philanthropic interests. BCLC is leading a national economic recovery initiative on behalf of the business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.