SHARE Network Indiana Facts
SHARE Network Indiana is a free, online, statewide Resource Directory created to help Hoosiers find a job, keep a job, or obtain a better job. SHARE is an acronym for Showing How Access to Resources Empowers. SHARE Network Indiana is sponsored by the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), and the Department of Correction (DOC), in collaboration with the United States Department of Labor. The USDOL is funding the costs of the project for the first two years.
The SHARE Network helps each partner meet their goal of providing quality service to the residents of Indiana. The OFBCI creates opportunities and exposure for faith and community groups to reach people in need and vice versa. The DWD is increasing access to their Work One services, and the DOC is providing re-entry resources. The SHARE Network Indiana eliminates the possibility of three separately designed, implemented, and maintained databases into one efficient database, saving Hoosiers thousands of dollars. Further reducing the cost of SHARE Network Indiana, implementation is being assisted with the efforts of AmeriCorps*VISTA members.
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. It is part of USA Freedom Corps, a White House initiative to foster a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility, and help all Americans answer the President's Call to Service. In exchange for a year of service, AmeriCorps members earn an education award that can be used to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans .
The SHARE Network offers a vast array of resources that will aid citizens across the state in obtaining or retaining employment. These resources include food banks, clothing banks, child care, substance abuse rehabilitation, health services, and many more. Information concerning access to government resources, as well as those provided by private organizations in communities throughout Indiana, will be merely a click away in an ever-expanding directory of services. The SHARE Network Resource Directory is available to all Hoosiers with internet access. SHARE Network Access Points (SNAPs) offer trained volunteers to assist the public in using the SHARE Network. SNAPs are faith-based and community organizations where eager job seekers can go in their own neighborhoods or communities to look for jobs via computers and direct referrals for services such as online job searching and preparing a resume with the help of a trained assistant.
SHARE Network is not an employment service and is not responsible for directly providing services to the public. SHARE is an online database of resources available to the public that can be used to help meet employment goals. Resource searches are based upon the service, its location/county, or provider name.
The SHARE Network Resource Directory is available to all Indiana residents at no cost. Many services in the directory are free, or available at a reduced cost. SHARE is an excellent opportunity for those who are seeking to improve their life.