Getting Things Done for Network’s Clothing Closet #MLKDay

What do you get when you put 13 AmeriCorps VISTA members together to complete a task? You get it done, that’s what.

Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence. MLK Day of Service is a way to honor his life and teachings by engaging in community action that continues to solve social problems.

On February 7th, AmeriCorps VISTA North Texas members rallied together to complete their MLK Day of Service Project with Network of Community Ministries in Richardson, Texas.

Through its Emergency Services division, Network offers clothing assistance to qualifying families, individuals and seniors in need. Thanks ongoing community support, Network receives clothing donations that are then sorted and placed in the Clothing Closet. Donations range from newborn baby onesies, to interview ready attire, to warm weather necessities. The Clothing Closet operates with a voucher system so keeping an accurate inventory count is extremely vital. VISTA members inventoried the Clothing Closet and sorted incoming clothing donations.

Within a few couple hours, we finished our task— 1,685 clothing items.

Network of Community Ministries

Network of Community Ministries (Network) responds to human need by giving assistance with the goal of helping individuals achieve long-term independence. Its mission is “to care, coach, and empower our neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life.” 

“The people we serve have limited incomes and choose between paying their rent, buying food, paying medical bills, or providing for their families. They come to our center because they don’t have the resources or networks to help them through tough times. Many are one paycheck away from crisis and homelessness.” 

Network of Community Ministries

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Christian Community Action Announces Launch Date for Job Readiness Program

Christian Community Action in Lewisville, TX provides comprehensive services that alleviate suffering, bring hope and change lives. Life skills and Job Readiness VISTA, Steven Tillman, has created CCA’s Job Readiness Training Program. The program curriculum breaks down into five-day seminar-like  sessions, running from 1 to 2 hours each.  The curriculum developed by Steven strongly emphasises:

  • Career Management
  • Career Assessment & Communication
  • Resumes & Cover Letters
  • Professionalism & Self­ Management
  • Online Professionalism & Networking
  • Interview Skills

Clients will be able to receive training and full assistance with their employment matters during the full work-week and use the skills and information acquired the next week. Weekend trainings are to be held, as well; Steven is currently considering options for streamlining the process a bit further in order to accommodate those whom having other obligations during a regular work-week but are still interested in training.

An official start-date for the Job readiness Program has been set for August 13th, 2018, and training cycles will repeat weekly. Several new volunteers have been screened and brought on board for training. Other employment related programs exist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but the Job Readiness Training program which Steven has developed is unique because it approaches employment matters not just from the perspective of a job seeker being well prepared, but also well informed and well adjusted for what the employment market has to offer. Continue reading “Christian Community Action Announces Launch Date for Job Readiness Program”