Some organizations have an optional “Dress-Down” or “Casual” Friday policy. However, for staff of the KRA/Hartford American Job Center—operated in 37 North Central Connecticut towns for Capital Workforce Partners—it is Dress-Up Your Jeans to Help Those in Need Friday.
Dress-Up? Artie Owens, KRA Senior Director of Workforce Operations, comments, “All of our WIOA and TANF Program Team members appreciate how incredibly uplifting it is to extend our dedication to workforce-services into an ongoing commitment to community-service in the region we serve. Five dollars per-participant may seem to be relatively a small donation, but in the aggregate represents figuratively a small fortune!”
Between August and October 2018, staff donated “stuffed” backpacks to 48 Hartford students returning to school; contributed non-perishable items and stocked shelves in a local food pantry; and donated $650 to Susan G. Komen New England.
During November and December, they honored homeless veterans with donations of hats, gloves, scarves, socks, and cash for bus passes, and raised $880 to purchase Visa Gift Cards, supporting a customer from each of the eight AJC offices to ease their financial situation during the Holidays. In January, staff collected non-perishable food items for local food pantries, and in February, donated $605 to the American Heart Association.
Throughout March, five AJC offices are collaborating to support homeless women and children—many of whom are victims of domestic violence—with household products, supplies, and/or cash donations to support families as they transition toward self-sufficiency. Bristol and New Britain are collecting donations for the Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain, and Enfield, Hartford, and Manchester are supporting My Sister’s Place in Hartford.
Across the country—from California to Connecticut—the Hartford AJC Team is a source of pride and inspiration for all of KRA!