This week Xcel Energy awarded HIRED a generous $10,000 grant to provide job search and workplace readiness assistance for individuals who are long-term unemployed.
“This grant will help us serve nearly 100 people. All of them have been without jobs for many months, or even a couple of years, despite their attempts to find work,” said Nancy James, Director of Workforce Services. “We’re so thankful that Xcel Energy recognizes the special challenges faced by people who are long-term unemployed, and for lending their support to specialized services that we know can get them back to work.”
Recent statistics from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development indicate that the number of long-term unemployed individuals in the state has increased 274% since 2007.
Xcel Energy is a long-time financial supporter of HIRED’s programs for disadvantaged job seekers, with several representatives from the company having served on the organization’s employer advisory boards.
Today, HIRED’s Adrian Shaheed and Rachel Vilsack from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development led a networking workshop as part of the First Annual Big Tent Career Fair.
The workshop gave job seekers tools for uncovering employment opportunities in the “hidden” job market through creative networking strategies. Adrian and Rachel met while networking, proving that connections made through networking can lead to lasting business relationships.
The Big Tent Career Fair was promoted as the summer’s biggest community job fair in the Twin Cities and held at the Hennepin South WorkForce Center in Bloomington. The event was sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Hennepin South WorkForce Center.
Adrian works as a Business Development Coordinator at HIRED. Rachel is Regional Analysis and Outreach Manager in the Labor Market Information Office at DEED.
Pictured at HIRED’s office in the Sabathani Community Center in south Minneapolis are, from left to right: Rep. Ryan Winkler (Committee Chair), HIRED Executive Director Jane Samargia, Rep. Susan Allen (who represents citizens in the neighborhoods nearest Sabathani) and HIRED Program Manager Barbara Doyle. Rep. JoAnn Ward also attended the meeting.
Today, members of the Minnesota House of Representatives met with HIRED staff members and a client to learn more about the challenges of connecting people to family sustaining jobs in today’s economy.
David, a HIRED client, shared his story of finding his first job—at the age of 47—with help from HIRED. HIRED’s leadership team discussed strategies used to help people find living wage jobs, including sector-based job training and supported work opportunities. They also provided testimony about how current public policy both helps and hinders their efforts.
The Representatives are all members of the Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs. Today’s meeting at Sabathani Community Center, also attended by members of the public, was one of several scheduled meetings the committee will continue to hold throughout Minnesota. The purpose of the meeting was to receive “from the field” information from providers of employment and training services.
Committee members also heard from Dane Smith, President of Growth and Justice, about trends in demographics, workforce needs and economic development that have great potential to positively inform future workforce development policy.
Thanks to a generous contribution from the Rotary Club of Minneapolis, HIRED can purchase early childhood literacy materials for 100 low-income children in our Program for Academic and Career Excellence (PACE) initiative.
By helping young families to make books and learning a part of their daily activities, HIRED seeks to improve educational outcomes for the next generation.
Pictured at right, HIRED staff members Kari Felegy and Kirsten Gulbro joined Minneapolis Rotary President, Sharon Bloodworth, at a recent grant award ceremony.
Pictured, from left to right, are HIRED’s HR Director Amy Barwick; Executive Director Jane Samargia; Carol Aharoni and her husband Menachem; and Barb Dahl.
This week, HIRED celebrated the service of two dedicated leaders: Carol Aharoni and Barb Dahl.
Carol, who served as Program Director of HIRED’s youth and special projects, recently retired after 25 years at the organization. Executive Director Jane Samargia noted that Carol is a passionate and skilled advocate for serving people most in need of employment and training services, including ex-offenders, at-risk youth and refugees. Jane shared several stories— some humorous and all heartwarming— that demonstrated Carol’s tireless commitment to ensuring disadvantaged people could access high-quality employment services in their neighborhoods.
Barb, who served as Program Director of HIRED’s welfare-to-work programs, recently took a leadership position with Scott County after 15 years at the organization. Continue reading
Take 101 former employees of SUPERVALU, add 16 Twin Cities area companies looking to hire local talent, and you get a morning full of high-energy networking…. and job placements!
“The Ramada MSP Airport at the Mall had an amazing ballroom set up with a calm and welcoming environment, perfect for the event,” said Megan Myers of HIRED’s Employer Services Division.
“Each employer had many different opportunities to offer; ranging from financial/accounting positions to warehouse fulfillment, sales director to systems engineer specialist. Attendees were then given the time to speak individually with desired employers. Almost every table had a wait line! The job seekers were so willing and excited to make connections,” noted Megan.
We’d like to thank the Ecolab Foundation for its generous grant in support of HIRED’s St. Paul youth programs.
Grant funds will be used to help more than 400 low-income and at-risk youth in the east metro finish high school, participate in internships and find jobs.
HIRED’s employment counselors serve young people in Ramsey County at the St. Paul Workforce Center’s youth room; at Boys Totem Town; and by meeting with them at several area high schools.
We recently received a generous grant from Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation to provide mentoring for young parents receiving employment services at HIRED.
Our employment counselors tell us that young parents often face a multitude of challenges in establishing their careers, and the support participants receive through mentoring makes a world of difference for them.
Thank you Carlson and The Carlson Family Foundation!
John Landy, center, celebrated with staff members from HIRED and Ramsey County Workforce Solutions.
At its June meeting, the Ramsey County Youth Council presented YouthLEAD trainer John Landy with the “Vern Vick Memorial Award”.
The award is presented to individuals who contribute to the support and empowerment of Ramsey County’s youth through personal, academic or career development.
Jan West, Sr. Program Manager of HIRED’s YouthLEAD services, noted “John is a retired St. Paul teacher that has dedicated his life to helping youth advance in their learning, and he has the patience, gentleness and passion to see our youth get on track with their education and succeed. He is authentic and has a gift in reaching some our toughest, most discouraged and basic skills-deficient youth. Continue reading
Adrian Shaheed, who connects young parents to job opportunities, is pictured with two program participants at a Midway Chamber of Commerce networking event.
The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation recently awarded HIRED a generous grant that will help young parents transition from public assistance to family-sustaining employment.
“It’s difficult in today’s economy for anyone to get a job,” said Kari Felegy, Associate Director of Youth Services. “But for a young parent on public assistance, it can be especially tough to become work ready and find employment.”
“That’s why this grant is so important. It helps us provide our program participants with the extra support they need with housing, child care, parenting skills, money management— all the things they need to get, and keep, a job.”
Because young parents are at a particular risk of homelessness, HIRED employs a housing specialist to help program participants locate safe and affordable housing, and to proactively resolve any potential issues with keeping their families housed.
Thrivent Financial is also a long-time supporter of HIRED’s general operations, allowing the organization to serve economically disadvantaged job seekers across the Twin Cities metro area.