HomeAdvisor and This Old House Ventures, LLC Partner to Close the Gap on the Skilled Labor Shortage
GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- HomeAdvisor ®, a leading digital home services marketplace and an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IAC) announced today its support of This Old House Ventures, LLC's new charitable campaign, Generation Next, whose mission is to empower and encourage young people to join the skilled trades. Generation Next will help raise money from companies and trade associations serving the home construction and renovation industry to support scholarships for students pursuing careers as carpenters, electricians, roofers, masons and plumbers.
The mikeroweWORKS Foundation will receive all funds raised by the Generation Next campaign, which will support the Foundation's 2017 Work Ethic Scholarship Program. The Work Ethic Scholarship Program provides scholarships to people receiving training for skilled jobs that are in demand. As CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Mike Rowe started the Foundation to debunk myths about the skilled trades and work hard to help close the skills gap.
"The implications of America's skilled labor shortage are far-reaching" said Chris Terrill, CEO of HomeAdvisor. "Not only is the labor gap affecting our local and national economies and building sectors, but it is also stalling the professional progress of small business owners and threatening to impede the perpetuation of essential knowledge and skills. The Generation Next campaign helps ensure the continued sustainability of our housing economy and workforce for generations to come and HomeAdvisor is proud to be a supporter."
Kevin O'Connor, the host of the Emmy-Award winning PBS series, "This Old House," will interview three elite HomeAdvisor professionals at KBIS on Tuesday, January 10 at the conclusion of the Design Bites program at 1:15 p.m. The HomeAdvisor professionals who will share their success stories at KBIS 2017 are Sean Shapiro (Reliant Roofing), Josey Parks (Metal Roofs of Texas) and Josh Downing (Direct Movement Group).
HomeAdvisor is a nationwide digital home services marketplace providing homeowners the tools and resource for home repair, maintenance and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor's marketplace lets homeowners view average project costs coast-to-coast using True Cost Guide, final local prescreened home professionals and instantly book appointments online or through HomeAdvisor's award-winning iOS and Android Mobile app, Apple Watch or Amazon Echo. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo., and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IAC).
ABOUT THIS OLD HOUSE VENTURES, LLC
This Old House Ventures, LLC is the number one multi-platform home enthusiast brand, serving over 62 million consumers each month with trusted information and expert advice through its award-winning television shows, "This Old House" and "Ask This Old House," its highly regarded This Old House magazine and its inspiration and information-driven digital properties including thisoldhouse.com. "This Old House" and "Ask This Old House" are produced by This Old House Ventures, LLC and are presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. National underwriting for "This Old House" television is provided by GMC, The Home Depot, State Farm Insurance Company, Lumber Liquidators, and Gorilla Glue. Established as This Old House Ventures, LLC, the company is headquartered in Stamford, CT, with offices in New York, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Concord, MA.
ABOUT mikeroweWORKS Foundation
The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works hard to debunk myths about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap. As CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Mike Rowe speaks regularly about the country's dysfunctional relationship with work, the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for most people. Through its scholarship programs, the Foundation has helped grant more than $3 million in technical and/or vocational education for trade schools across the country. For more information, visit mikeroweworks.org.