Goodwill is committed to helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work. So it’s no wonder that as Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts have transitioned into long-term rebuilding, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey is focused on helping storm victims find jobs.
This past May, Goodwill partnered with 19 other area non-profits to host a Post Sandy Job Fair at Resorts World in Queens. More than 200 employers and 3,000 job seekers attended the free fair, which was staged May 14 from 9 – 3 p.m. at Resorts World’s 70,000-square-foot Central Park event space. Each participating employer committed to meet face-to-face with job seekers and to make at least one job offer.
In addition to the onsite job interviews, attendees had the opportunity to attend career workshops and get expert tips on resume preparation, interviewing skills, and conducting an effective job search. Goodwill Human Resources collected 600 résumés at the event, and GoodTemps, the temporary staffing division of Goodwill Industries of NY-NJ, collected 700.
The Post Sandy Job Fair was coordinated by 20 organizations throughout Greater New York. Led by GoodwillNyNj, the organizing committee included New York Senator Joseph P. Addabbo’s Office, Better Business Bureau for Greater New York, New York State Department of Labor, CUNY LEADS Program, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, ACCES-VR, SUNY Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center, and Rusk Institute.
Funding for the fair came from a diverse collection of corporate and non-profit sources. Lead sponsors included Goodwill, Hertz, Modell’s, Societe Generale, Astoria Federal Savings, Cablevision, New York Stock Exchange, Euronext ,and New York State Industries for the Disabled.
How Can You Help?
While the Post Sandy Job Fair was a success, the work of putting people affected by the storm back to work continues. Employers who want to help in the rebuilding effort are encouraged to do so in the most meaningful way by creating job opportunities in the storm-ravaged communities.
GoodTemps, matches employers with qualified, motivated job seekers in the five boroughs of New York City, Northern New Jersey, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. Hiring a GoodTemps candidate to meet your organization’s staffing needs helps stimulate economic recovery in our region, which benefits everyone affected by the storm. In addition, many of GoodTemps’ skilled workers were directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy, creating an added incentive for companies seeking to hire storm victims.