HSC is pleased to announce that we, along with our partners Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) and FPWA, have been awarded a New York Nonprofit Media 2016 Cause Award! The award recognizes our joint commitment and success in the field of Employment; specifically, our efforts with the #15andFunding Campaign.
The statewide #15andFunding Coalition was formed to voice the impact of low wages on the human services workforce. The Coalition included over 90 organizations from across New York State including New York City (throughout all five boroughs), Long Island, Westchester, Hudson Valley, Capital Region, and Western New York.
We co-led this campaign to call on Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to invest in New York’s human potential and include human services providers and Medicaid-funded care workers in the minimum wage increase to $15 per hour, as well as funding by the State for the increased wage for nonprofits with State contracts. This work grew out of a successful initiative to institute a funded $15 wage floor for social services agencies with New York City contracts.
Although human services workers were included in the increased wage mandate, additional funding was not included in the State FY 2016 budget. As such, FPI, FPWA, and HSC will continue to advocate for the State funding of the increased minimum wage through our new campaign, Restore Opportunity Now (RON), and address the chronic underfunding of our sector.
The Restore Opportunity Now campaign asks the State to recommit to the human services sector so that we can continue to build well-being within communities by supplying critical interventions and support. We ask the State to provide:
- Fully funded contracts that are reflective of the real cost of service provision,
- Salaries and benefits which allow nonprofits to recruit and retain high quality staff, and
- Program funding which meets the growing needs of New Yorkers.
It is crucial that the State recognizes the need of the sector’s work in building well-being which affects all New Yorkers and its communities. You can support the Restore Opportunity Now campaign by signing on here.
We would like to thank our funders, The Clark Foundation, the United Way of NYC, and New York Community Trust for continuing to support this vital work.
We would also like to recognize our members who also won NYN Media 2016 Cause Awards:
Congratulations to JCCA on your Cause Award for your work in Education.
Congratulations to The THRIVE Network on your Cause Award for your work with Disability Access.
Congratulations to The Children’s Aid Society on your Cause Award for your work in Education.
Thank you for your dedication to human services. The sector would not be the same without you!
Contributed by Janice DeRito of the Human Services Council.