Sarah Welch

Sarah Welch is the former Strategic Communications Officer at United Way of Central Iowa.

Recent Posts

Hiring someone with a criminal record

About 2,000 people are released from Iowa prisons and return to the central Iowa area each year (Dept. of Corrections). Finding a stable job is critical to a returning citizen's ability to build the sturdy foundation they need to be successful in...

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5 Ways to Address Workplace Disparities

In July, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines’ DonorConnect Working for Equity panel discussion highlighted racial employment gaps that exist in Central Iowa and how we can lead changes that create equitable opportunities for Black,...

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5 questions to help you find the right job during the pandemic

Finding a job during the pandemic can be daunting, especially if you need to take the first opportunity you find. For immediate help to meet your financial and essential needs while you job search, call 211 or visit 211iowa.org to connect with a...

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5 ways to openly communicate with employees during the pandemic

Knowing when and how to communicate with employees during the pandemic can be challenging, especially as situations change. But taking the time to communicate is critical to building your workforce now and in the future, says Chris Lorenz, director...

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How to prepare for a job during COVID-19

Employers might start asking new questions during job interviews like: “What have you learned about yourself during the COVID-19 crisis?" or "What have you done to prepare for a job during this time?”

Being laid-off or having hours cut from your...

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What employees want and what employers want

Employers are struggling to recruit quality candidates. Employees are seeking good jobs but are struggling to find and get job opportunities that meet their family’s needs.

To examine this gap, United Way of Central Iowa asked Central Iowa residents...

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5 ways to increase employment opportunities for African Americans

During the Untapped Talent for Business event hosted by the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Inclusion Council, panelists shared the need for changes in workplace culture and hiring systems to address Central Iowa’s high unemployment rate for...

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How Broadlawns is building a health care workforce in its community

Located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Des Moines where more than 40 languages are spoken and more than half of patients struggle to afford health care, Broadlawns recognized a need to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of those...

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4 strategies for reducing turnover in the hotel industry

Last July, two employee leaders at Staybridge Suites in the East Village did not show up to work. The new hotel had ramped up occupancy quickly, says General Manager Kristen Amfahr-Cox, and everyone was working extra hours to keep up in addition to...

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