Job fair for low-income residents

Under a program subsidized with federal economic stimulus dollars, 500 temporary jobs will be offered to low-income residents.

Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services and five community partners will host the second of two job fairs on Saturday, March 20, to screen applicants for The Opportunity Project.

The Opportunity Project is a subsidized employment program supported by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The initiative will provide 500 temporary jobs to low-income people.

During the fairs, applicants will be screened to determine if they meet the eligibility criteria for The Opportunity Project. To qualify, an applicant must:

  • live in Mecklenburg County
  • be a United States citizen or qualified immigrant
  • meet income requirements (for example: a four-person household must have at or below $3,675 gross monthly income)
  • be a parent or legal guardian (provide day-to-day care for a child age 17 or younger)
  • be deemed job ready

The five partnering agencies (Arbor Education and Training, The Center for Community Transitions, Goodwill Industries, Jacob’s Ladder Job Center, and Urban League) will be available to discuss job readiness/training with interested customers.
After the fairs, eligible applicants will be placed in a database to be matched with employers who are recruiting for specific jobs/ skills.

Date: Saturday, March 20
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Place: Founders Hall (100 North Tryon Street)

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