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Company Selects San Francisco’s Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) as Donation Recipient; Commends JVS’ Outstanding Employment Development Programs

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This money will help us provide the workshops and training that help people transform their lives by building skills and finding work.

Evolv, the leading provider of data-driven workforce selection, today announced that it will be making a donation of $10,000 to Jewish Vocational Service. As part of its corporate mission, Evolv provides both money and employee volunteer hours to support employment development programs that help better train and develop the world’s workforce. Evolv selected JVS for its cash grant because of its range of career services, the breadth of people served, and its client tracking, which ensures impactful training programs.

“Last year JVS served more than 5,000 people, providing career and job search skills that they will carry with them throughout their working lives,” said Abby Snay, executive director at JVS. “We are grateful to Evolv for recognizing JVS’ impact on the workforce. This money will help us provide the workshops and training that help people transform their lives by building skills and finding work.”

Since its inception in 1973, JVS, which is non-denominational, has become a respected leader in the workforce development community. It has been recognized both locally and nationally for its work in sector-based employment and training services, and its extensive network of employer partners encompassing all sectors of the local economy. In 2011, more than 700 people completed JVS training programs, with 1,000 clients finding jobs, earning almost $14 million in wages.

Each year, Evolv conducts an extensive evaluation process to select its annual donation recipient, including research, phone screens and on-site visits. As a leader in talent-matching solutions, Evolv looks for non-profits with workforce and development programs which provide impactful training that leads to meaningful careers.

“We were impressed by the amount and quality of specialized workshops and guidance offered to JVS clients,” said Max Simkoff, CEO of Evolv. “In addition, JVS does a great job of tracking clients after they access services to assess what worked and to improve programming as needed. We are delighted to give our support to a program whose commitment to transform lives is truly making a difference.”

This is the second year Evolv has donated to workforce development programs, with last year’s donation going to Year Up Bay Area. The annual donation is part of Evolv’s company mission to give back to the job-seeking community it relies on to deliver value to clients.

About Evolv
Evolv is the leader in Data-Driven Workforce Selection, enabling employers to improve productivity, retention, and customer satisfaction. It is the only solution that ties employee productivity data to hiring decisions, and uses this to improve the entire recruiting process. With the insight gained from on the job employee data used to calibrate workforce selection, companies can measurably improve their operations, brands and bottom lines. The solution easily adapts to changing business environments or product direction. When replacing existing screening solutions with Evolv, clients report increased employee productivity of 5-10% while improving retention by 20-30%. Evolv delivers data-driven certainty with a streamlined process that easily integrates with existing workforce management and HRIS solutions. Visit or call (866) 971-4473 and follow Evolv on Twitter @evolvondemand.

About JVS
Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) transforms lives by helping people build skills and find jobs to achieve self-sufficiency. Through 38 years of providing employment and training services to jobseekers throughout the Bay Area, JVS has emerged as a leader in the field of workforce development. JVS is recognized for partnering closely with employers, government, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and community-based organizations to develop programs that match the needs of clients with the hiring needs of regional employers. In 2010-2011, JVS achieved 1,060 job placements for its clients. For more information about JVS, please visit

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