Free resource fair for unemployed Friday, Jan. 18
EVERETT - WorkSource of Snohomish County will be hosting a free community resource fair open to the public Friday, Jan. 18.
The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Everett WorkSource located inside Everett Station at 3201 Smith Ave.
More than 45,000 people in Washington were in danger of losing federal unemployment benefits as part of the fiscal cliff showdown, prompting the organization to hold the fair and ensure that affected community members would have the resources to survive. Congress recently reinstated benefits, but WorkSource spokeswoman Heather Villars said there is still great need in the community for the resources WorkSource has to offer.
The state pays for emergency unemployment for the first 26 weeks of unemployment and then federal benefits kick in for up to 63 weeks.
“There were a couple months there where we didn’t know if (the end of federal benefits) was going to happen,” Villars said. “But we still want people to learn about the resource center and to get the help that they need.”
There is no pre-registration and anyone can come, Villars said.
“This fair will bring all the resources people may need to one room, effectively saving people hours of time they would have spent navigating from office to office,” said Amy Persell, director of service delivery at Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County, the agency that oversees WorkSource.
Services include job search referrals, veterans’ services, help with housing, child-care assistance, senior programs and much more.
The Department of Social and Human Services will be coming to the fair with their van equipped with a computer lab, Villars said. This will allow people to sign up for food stamps onsite.
Volunteers of America also will be at the fair.
“We have hundreds of people coming into (WorkSource) centers every day,” Villars said. “People are still unemployed. Though we’re officially out of the recession, it’s still affecting people. People have been out of work for a couple years and things add up: food, child care, backed-up bills.”
Villars said getting all these resources together in one area is never a challenge.
“Snohomish County is one of those rare communities where the community service providers work together as a group,” she said.
This is the resource fair’s second year. Last year’s fair was attended by about 200 people, Villars said.
Flu and adult whooping cough vaccinations will be available at the fair from 10 a.m. to noon on a first come, first served basis for uninsured adults.
The Snohomish Health District will provide 200 doses of each vaccination.
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