Doing things the Job Corps way

Facility Maintenance students from Old Dominion Job Corps Center sorted through over 7,000 pounds of canned goods.

Facility Maintenance students from Old Dominion Job Corps Center sorted through over 7,000 pounds of canned goods to benefit those who receive support from United Way.

NATIONWIDE (January 31, 2014) — It’s not unusual for Job Corps centers to be involved in their communities. So it comes as no surprise that Old Dominion and Homestead Job Corps centers have been reaching out recently to help others, raise money and give recognition.

Old Dominion Job Corps Center was recently recognized by The News & Advance, a local newspaper of Lynchburg, Virginia, for collecting canned goods for United Way. Facility maintenance students also volunteered their time to sort through over 7,000 pounds of canned goods that were delivered to ten agencies. After the delivery, students stayed to help distribute the food to needy individuals.

Homestead Job Corps Center students demonstrated their commitment to their community by raising money for Community Health of South Florida and the Hope4Life Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. The students helped raise awareness about breast cancer and presented a donation check of $507 to the organization.

From left, Homestead Job Corps Center Human Resources Specialist Tammy Key, CHI Director of Community Affairs and Government Relations Romanita Ford and Homestead Job Corps Center Business and Community Liaison Lesly Diaz during the check presentation from center staff and students to Community Health of South Florida.

From left, Homestead Job Corps Center Human Resources Specialist Tammy Key, CHI Director of Community Affairs and Government Relations Romanita Ford and Homestead Job Corps Center Business and Community Liaison Lesly Diaz during the check presentation from center staff and students to Community Health of South Florida.

Giving back to the community can come in many different forms, including giving recognition to other people and organizations that are making a difference.

Each year, in honor of Veteran’s Day, students and staff from Homestead Job Corps Center participate in the Homestead Veteran’s Day parade for the community. This year students from the center’s Joint Uniform Military Prep (JUMP) joined officers from the Homestead Air Reserve Base in the parade.

In conjunction with the parade, HJCC hosted a breakfast to honor over 20 staff members and student veterans for their selfless service.

“Your thoughtfulness and caring touched us all,” retired veteran and Homestead Health and Wellness Manager Lucilda Gibbs Charles said. “Remembering all veterans and stopping to say ‘thank you for your service’ meant a lot to us.”

After the breakfast, HJCC staff recognized their peers who have served our country. Veterans Eugene Kennedy, Gary Leak and Peter Pethybridge asked attendees to take a moment of silence to remember the POW-MIA military men and women.

From left, veterans Courtney Robinson, Dorothy King and Lucilda Gibbs Charles at a breakfast in their honor.

From left, veterans Courtney Robinson, Dorothy King and Lucilda Gibbs Charles at a breakfast in their honor.

“I want to thank the entire group who worked so hard to put on such a meaningful commemoration for the veterans now serving with the Homestead Job Corps Center,” Ms. Gibbs Charles said. “Thank you for caring and sharing.”

Author: Moriah Dietrich