WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Care.com (www.care.com), the world's largest online care destination, has been named today as a Promising Practice of the first-ever Work Life Legacy Military Award. Families and Work Institute (FWI), a nonprofit research organization, created this award in response to the growing workforce challenge and opportunity facing service men and women, their families and employers. Care.com will be formally honored on September 19, 2012 at FWI's annual Work Life Legacy Award dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
With more than 2 million military veterans expected to transition to the civilian workforce by 2016, the need for supports and opportunities for this community has become a national issue. According to Admiral Michael Mullen, retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and member of FWI's Board of Directors, "Our veterans are returning home to a tough economy, and yet, they are of an extraordinary generation with great potential to continue to make a remarkable difference in the workplace."
"The high military spouse unemployment rate isn't just about a tough job market and it certainly isn't a lack of relevant skills. We need to educate employers about the benefits of employing military spouses and get more to do so," said Donna Levin, Co-Founder and Vice President, Government Relations and Partnerships. "Thousands of military families took advantage of our Appreciation Efforts in May and June, accessing Care.com's services for free whether it was to find care or find caregiving jobs. Many of the caregivers we list are military spouses. Care.com also employs a number of military spouses on our Care Force, the team of parents that review all potential individual caregivers. Given what military families do for all of us, Care.com is honored to be supporting them."
Care.com is being recognized for the following programs and contributions:
For their offer of a free one-year premium Care.com subscription service to active duty military families during Military Appreciation Month; and for identifying a synergy between their staffing model and the employment needs of military spouses.
Deborah Mullen, Military Family Advocate and member of FWI's Board, emphasizes that, "The past eleven years of war have seen unprecedented service and sacrifice by our nation's military families. Many have endured long separations fraught with anxiety over the safety of their loved ones serving in harm's way. As these families return to communities across our country, we should recognize their service and sacrifice and make every effort to help them achieve a successful transition."
For information about the 2012 Work Life Legacy Military Award, please visit:
The Work Life Legacy Award Web site link is: http://familiesandwork.org/site/events/wlla/site/index.html.
Founded in 2006, Care.com (www.care.com) is now the largest online care destination in the world with 7 million members spanning more than 15 countries. Care.com provides a forum for families seeking care support to easily connect with hundreds of thousands of care providers, share care giving experiences and get advice. The company helps families address the unique lifecycle of care needs that each family goes through - child care, including special needs, senior care, pet care, housekeeping and more. Care.com also provides tools and information to help families make safer and more informed decisions throughout the search and hiring process, including monitored messaging, access to background checks, recorded references, and an online safety guide. Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, technology companies, and professional services firms offer Care.com memberships as a benefit to employees through its Workplace Solutions program.
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The Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, family and community. As a preeminent think tank, FWI is known for being ahead of the curve, identifying emerging issues, and then conducting rigorous research that often challenges common wisdom and provides insight and knowledge. As an action tank, FWI conducts numerous studies that put its research into action and then evaluates the results. Its purpose is to create research to live by. For more information, visit http://www.familiesandwork.org and follow us on Twitter @FWINews.
ABOUT THE WORK LIFE LEGACY AWARDS
The Work Life Legacy Award was created to capture the stories of those who have created the work life movement. By documenting the history of this movement and by paying tribute to its leaders, Families and Work Institute hopes to witness the past and inspire the future. http://familiesandwork.org/site/events/wlla/site/index.html
SOURCE Care.com, Inc.