The Working Families Network
The Working Families Network (WFN) is a collaborative that aims to build the capacity of community-based organizations, develop our skills collectively, and implement innovative community strategies that assist low-income individuals to achieve economic mobility.
Since 2008, Step Up Savannah worked with local organizations to apply the Centers for Working Families (CWF) model. The CWF helped us to better understand the needs of our community members and the organizations that serve them. Step Up and the United Way worked closely to help build capacity for the organizations and several organizations received additional funding for their participation in the network. However, the network felt that we would be better served to expand to include more social service providers, community organizations, or governmental agencies that provide support to low-income families in our community. A reorganization of the network from the CWF to the WFN was completed in January of 2017 with the first meeting taking place on February 2nd with over 50 attendees.
Currently, the network consists of more than 45 organizations serving low-income Savannah/Chatham County residents. For a listing of those organizations, visit our directory.
The WFN meets bi-monthly on the first Thursday of each month at 11:00 am.
- February 2nd at United Way of the Coastal Empire
- April 6th at Wesley Community Center
- June 1st at the Union Mission
- August 3rd at Savannah Technical College
- October 5th at Lutheran Services
- December 7th at the United Way of the Coastal Empire
Professional development classes will take place in off-months but will not have a set time or date (to provide flexibility when recruiting instructors.) Our next opportunity will take place this fall.
As part of the building capacity and innovative community strategies portion of our mission statement, we will aim to identify new funding sources that can be approached collectively.
The network participates in a google group to quickly share information about relevant needs, events, and funding opportunities. A database, housed on Step Up’s website, lists all the organizations, their missions, point of contact, services, and social media outlets.