Sarah Welch

Sarah Welch is a communications contractor for the Thriving Workforce initiative and is the former Strategic Communications Officer at United Way of Central Iowa.

Recent Posts

What employers should know about job seekers with a criminal record

There are many reasons to hire someone with a criminal record, and considering this step is important to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace. While many employers are open to the idea of hiring an individual with a criminal record, doing...

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Three ways to build a stronger retail workforce

Having a committed and hardworking team often requires relationships in the community and a lot of structure to support employee development—all things that are especially challenging as a small business.

“Just waiting for applications to come in,...

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Building a Talent Pipeline for Construction

You may have heard that central Iowa is facing a workforce shortage in skilled trades. Rapid growth in Greater Des Moines and an aging workforce are just a couple of reasons for this shortage. 

Tasked with thinking creatively about how to address...

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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 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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