February 20, 2018
A local business and nonprofit agency have teamed up to serve residents in Martinsville-Henry County who are unemployed and underemployed.
With an $8,400 Pick Up the Pace! grant from The Harvest Foundation, The Results Companies and The Community Dream Center will open the Community Results Center, a program that provides access to business casual clothing and interview clothing at no-cost to those seeking employment, educational classes and opportunities for training.
“Having the right credentials and/or training and securing a job interview are huge accomplishments, but what about those who need assistance with proper attire for the workplace?” said DeWitt House, senior program officer at The Harvest Foundation. “This is a great opportunity for individuals in our community with limited resources to have everything they need to be successful on the job.”
The idea for the Community Results Center came from Carol Dyckman, site operations director at The Results Companies of Martinsville. At a previous work site out-of-state, Dyckman helped to organize a similar program.
“We’re ready to help people be job-ready in appearance, demeanor, and in their interview – the whole package,” Dyckman said. “My former career was at Wells Fargo, and we conducted financial training with high school students that included money management, credit, and other topics. In larger organizations like Results, with 600-plus employees, we’re still having those conversations about resume readiness and building those skills. I’ve sat in meetings with other companies, and we’re all seeing the same things. I think we can help drive some of the workforce education within the community.”
Pastor Michael Harrison of The Community Fellowship and The Community Dream Center said this is an incredible opportunity to help the community.
“We were able to connect with Carol (Dyckman) through Harvest, and now we are starting a grassroots partnership that will help many people in our community with something we already do – providing clothing,” Harrison said. “This grant will allow us to partner with Results to take this opportunity to the next level. Yes, we’re helping community members with clothing, but it’s so much more… We are helping people move to the next level of sustainability.”
Andrew Hall, chairman of The Community Dream Center Board of Directors, said this is an outstanding program and “another way this community can come together to help the less fortunate. This is the next logical step. We work to give them a foundation and a place where they can start over again, and then we help them on the path to a bright future with the skills they need to get there.”
Harrison said The Community Dream Center will look at partnerships to ensure that community members utilizing the Community Results Center have access to job education and job readiness skills building, interview skills building, and assistance in completing job applications.
To find out more about the Community Dream Center and the Community Results Center, call (276) 647-8231.
The PUP! program is a competitive, small grants program designed to engage people and organizations in sparking new ideas, collaborations and change within Martinsville and Henry County. These six-month grants for up to $10,000, are available for application year-round. To find out more, click here or call (276) 632-3329.
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