The community speaks, we listen and take action!

ABC has been behind the scenes and offering support since 2004. Our nonprofit status and generic Mission Statement has given opportunities to enhance programs, projects, and events with grant applications.

Medina Foundation has shown confidence in ABC with a grant and the momentum is growing. Weyerhaeuser has granted funds for a work ethics class free of tuition at the GHC Riverview Center. We hope to keep this class populated so please keep your eyes open for enrollments. This is a good opportunity for work seekers with a certificate of completion and a reference business can trust when seeking employees. Pac Mtn also funded for ABC to sponsor tuition-free classes for flaggers and forklift operators, opening doors for possible employment in our area. We aren’t stopping there.

Other projects on the plate are to replace the aging play equipment at the Riverview Center Ocean Spray. LV Raymond have offered funding to begin this project. All this is during the same time ABC is reviving the Raymond Community Center in downtown Raymond. A renewed memorandum of understanding with the City of Raymond affords use of the space for meetings, parties, and other events. Contact Jewel at email jewelh@centurytel.net if you have an interest. We could sure use some committee helpers as the demand grows.

The closest program or project gaining funding help from Pac Mtn and Roads to Resiliency (R2R) and partnering with WorkSource is the Try a Trade Resource and Job Fair taking place on March 22 at the New Life Fellowship building. Students will have exclusive time between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and it opens to the public between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Resources will be available to raise awareness about help available for job seekers, as well as family wrap-around services. Businesses will be showcasing what they do, types of positions they offer, what is expected to fill those positions, and how to keep them resulting in a successful career path. Working one’s way up increases the wage earned.

ABC and all the partners are working hard to make this a significant and meaningful event that initiates ongoing and sustainable change in our community. A likelihood that lists of paid apprenticeships and job-shadowing through careful planning and resource/business co-mingling encourages step-by-step improvements, helping people seeking to better themselves. This kind of collaboration offers tools to make career decisions and improve quality of life for success that is clear and reachable.

We are all in this together and ABC welcomes anyone to board and committee positions. As our momentum increases, it takes more hands to make lighter work. The Try a Trade afternoon session welcomes any participants so please come check out what can be helpful to you.

JEWEL HARDY

Raymond

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