Job seekers looking for assistance and help finding jobs close to home are invited to stop by the main branch and the Pierre Moran branch of EPL.
From 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays in February Goodwill Industries will be at the Pierre Moran library, 2400 Benham Avenue in Elkhart, handing out information about job training and employment in the Elkhart Urban Enterprise Zone. Bilingual assistance is available at these sessions.
The dates for those sessions are Feb. 8, 15 and 22.
According to Mary Ellen Albaugh, Job Readiness Facilitator for Goodwill of Northern Indiana, representatives will be handing out information about the EUEZ, as well as the job training and other programs that Goodwill offers.
The EUEZ is a designated area of Elkhart, covering most of downtown, that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has identified as as a target for job growth, Albaugh said. Tax incentives are offered for both businesses located inside of the EUEZ, as well as the employees who work and live inside of the zone, she said.
“It is an area of Elkhart identified because it isn’t thriving as much as other areas of Elkhart and it has been targeted to help it grow,” Albaugh said.
She said that Goodwill works with people that have barriers to employment, whether that is physical, mental or issues such as a criminal past.
“We assess the skills of each person that comes to see us, as well as teaching job search skills, workplace ethics such as being on time and getting along with others,” she said.
People can pick up information about the programs that Goodwill offers, Albaugh said, as well as ask questions and learn how working inside the EUEZ can benefit them.
“Goodwill is in lots of different counties and in looking at the economic situation here, while there are a lot of high-paying RV jobs, not everyone has the stamina for those jobs or the transportation to get there,” she said. “There is a lot of need for part-time work.
Goodwill believes that if people struggle to keep a job, we want to help people get an income,” she said.
Albaugh added that there are work opportunities for those that enter the Goodwill training program.
“We have work skills classes and paid work experience for temporary work while they go through the program,” she said.