19 Dec News and notes
We’ve heard the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s referred to as “National Goof-Off Month,” but that’s definitely not the case here at Charlotte Works! Check out everything that’s been happening:
Debra Dixon, Charlotte Works’ community partnership manager, and Wendy Lyons, talent engagement manager, joined staff and other volunteers to serve a Thanksgiving meal to clients at SNAP site The Harvest Center on Nov. 25. The Harvest Center serves individuals affected by homelessness, poverty and unemployment with critical needs for food, clothing, shelter and other support services. Each Tuesday and Wednesday, the organization serves about 800 meals, and a dose of praise and worship, to those in need. It’s been in our SNAP site network since 2013.
Charlotte Works receives partnership award
Charlotte Works received the Ten Year Service Award from the Charlotte Area Fund (CAF) at its annual Business Seminar Luncheon on Dec. 4. It recognizes “organizations that have consistently partnered with the Charlotte Area Fund for at least 10 years to meet the needs of our clients.”
Recipient organizations’ names are engraved on a display board at the Fund’s office.
“The Ten Year Service Award is presented to Charlotte Works in recognition of your consistent partnership to assist CAF’s clients with achieving self-sufficiency,” said CAF Executive Director Karen Brackett Browning. “We’re appreciative of Charlotte Works for providing funds for CAF clients to seek vocational training in their efforts to enhance their employability skills and obtain employment. We gratefully acknowledge Charlotte Works’ contributions to help people and change lives.”
As part of our partnership with the Charlotte Chamber, we have an exclusive offer for job-seekers: a six-month job-seeker membership package for $75. Take advantage of networking opportunities, member discounts and more. Visit the Charlotte Chamber’s Career Center and enter “Charlotte Works” on the job-seekers application form, accessible from that page.
What a great way to kick-start your job search in the new year!
New staff stuffs Charlotte Works’ stockings!
You’re seeing some new faces around our offices these days. We welcome four new members to our team:
Linda Britton joins us as human resource/payroll specialist with more than 18 years’ experience. She will manage payroll and other human resource responsibilities. Britton served in similar roles with Marand Builders, Inc. and NCT, Inc. She also speaks fluent Spanish.
Toni Hastings assists clients in the Resource Center at our Morehead Street location as our new resource associate. She has more than seven years’ experience in career guidance, planning and job development. Most recently, Hastings served as a job developer with Functional Training Services and an employment specialist with Central Workforce Investment Corporation in Columbus, Ohio. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Greenwich in London, U.K., and earned a professional life coaching diploma and professional life coaching certificate from Newcastle College in Newcastle, U.K.
Stacey Henderson is our new talent engagement strategist. In this role, she’ll recruit, develop and retain volunteers to support programming at all three NCWorks career centers. With more than 10 years of nonprofit and programming experience, Henderson has worked with several local organizations in a variety of roles including as project manager with the Arts and Science Council, assistant director of Crossroads Charlotte with Foundation For The Carolinas and programs district manager with Junior Achievement. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Johnson C. Smith University, a master’s degree in public administration from UNC Charlotte and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.
Priscilla Ledbetter, career coach, comes to us with more than 25 years of human resources (HR) experience in a variety of roles including HR administration, training and development and employee relations. She also spent four years as an employment consultant with the N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions. Ledbetter earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens University of Charlotte and holds a number of training certifications including facilitator for Myers Briggs and Steven Covey’s Seven Habits.
So our staff can deck their own halls, all three NCWorks Career Centers will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Friday, Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday.
We’ll reopen on Monday, Dec. 29.
All three centers will also be closed on Thursday, Jan. 1, reopening on Friday, Jan. 2.
We wish you and your family peace and joy this holiday season, and look forward to celebrating your success in 2015!