Kūpa‘a Kaua‘i: A Unified Vision for Our Island’s Recovery

Rise To Work

The Rise to Work Program re-launched in 2021!

Rise to Work Returns in 2021: The County of Kaua’i re-launched the Rise to Work program, which was first created in 2020 to help Kaua’i residents who lost their job connect to temporary job opportunities with local employers.      

The expanded 2021 program, which increases the number of positions available, is made possible through the generous support of Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg through the Chan Zuckerberg Kaua’i Community Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation. You can read the full announcement on the County of Kaua’i press release.

Program Details: The Rise to Work program was created by the County of Kaua’i in partnership with ProService Hawaii to help displaced workers on Kaua’i connect to temporary job opportunities with local employers. Participants in the program receive weekly pay, free health insurance benefits and the opportunity to learn new skills and gain professional connections. Positions are funded by the program for 12 weeks. 

In addition to supporting displaced workers, the Rise to Work program also benefits local businesses and nonprofit organizations on Kaua’i by allowing them to bring on new hires to increase their capacity or pivot their business model without taking on additional payroll costs. 

The video below shares the impact the Rise to Work program made on four local nonprofit organizations last year. You can learn more about the impact the Rise to Work program had on the community last year and hear about the experiences of prior participants on our Rise to Work 2020 page.

Program Status: As of Friday April 16th, over 350 Kauai residents have been hired into the Rise to Work program and are now working with businesses and nonprofit organizations. We are wrapping up the hiring phase and will no longer be sharing daily job lists on this page.

Mahalo to our Partners: We are able to offer the Rise to Work program again in 2021 thanks to the generous support of Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg through the Chan Zuckerberg Kaua’i Community Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation. We are grateful to our partners, ProService Hawaii and Kaua’i Government Employees Federal Credit Union for your partnership. Mahalo! 

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