FLINT (WJRT) - (08/11/17) - As Flint water resource sites or PODS begin to close, not only are the people who rely on the water affected by this, but also the people who work at the sites. Community organizers welcomed potential employees to a job fair at Flint Genesee Job Corp on Friday.
"Anything dealing with this water crisis that we're dealing with, those jobs are disappearing after September, a lot of them. Not all, but a lot, so with that, I felt we needed an opportunity for people to transition into other things," explained George Grundy, Veterans of Now founder. "And, I didn't see where that was being dealt with in a broad way."
35 to 40 potential employers were out at Flint Genesee Job Corps. 200 people had already come through the doors by 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon.
This was an event spearhead by a new partnership between Job Corps, Veterans of Now, and Pay It Forward. So far, they've been pleased with the outcome.
"Yes, excellent results," said Tracy Bowman, Pay It Forward Job Fair founder. "And I have to thank Mr. Grundy and Ms. Verona Terry for that. I reside in Westland, Michigan so they did a lot of...they made a lot of phone calls and they actually made this event come together."
The next Pay It Forward job fair will be October 11 in Detroit.
Job Corps says they hope to hold public job fairs like this once every six months.
You can email PayItForward2k16@gmail.com, VeteransofNow@gmail.com, or Terry.Verona@JobCorp.org for more information.