Champion Ellen Burbage, left, congratulating JFL graduate
Crozier on completing the program
at the graduation ceremony held at
Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln,
along with Katie Alexander, right,
Director of the Community Services
Block Grant and the Hand Up Project.
Jobs for Life begins second class
Informational meeting for "Champions" and
volunteers to be held this Thursday
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[January 27, 2016]
- Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is launching the
second Jobs for Life training program in February at their Corporate
Office located at 1800 5th street in Lincoln.
Jobs for Life offers a unique solution to poverty and joblessness by
equipping participants with skills to meet the pressing employment
needs of local businesses. This is an eight week course that will
cover a variety of topics including: conflict resolution, effective
communication skills, and how to develop a stellar resume.
“One of the unique qualities of Jobs for Life is that it relies
on a network of volunteers or ‘champions’ to commit to mentoring the
students and forming relationships. Jobs for Life helps those in
need find dignity and purpose through meaningful work,” shares
Alison Rumler-Gomez, Executive Director of Community Action.
One of the key components of the Jobs for Life program are mentors
from the community that are referred to as ‘Champions’ and local
business representatives who come in and speak to students on a
regular/semi-regular basis. These individuals participate in the
classes along with the students and provide knowledge and support
along the way. Champions from the pilot program in Logan County
gained as much from the experience, if not more, than the students.
Ellen Burbage, member of Trinity Episcopal Church, and avid Champion
shared her thoughts on volunteering her time for the Jobs for Life
Program: “It was such a wonderful experience! The more I got to know
the individuals in the class, the more excited I would become to see
them each and every week. The amount of growth they obtained in both
their soft and hard job skills was amazing. I look forward to being
a part of the next Jobs for Life offered in Logan County.”
the mission of CAPCIL, in partnership with communities in our
service area, to empower persons with low income and the aged by
creating and implementing poverty-fighting initiatives for those in
crisis and those that endeavor a life of lasting independence. The
Jobs for Life Program is the first step in accomplishing this
mission. Graduates of the Jobs for Life Program are then eligible
for other courses through CAPCIL’s Hand Up Project such as financial
management and home ownership counseling, as well as scholarships
for GED, trade schools, and 2-4 year institutions.
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Amy DeValle, Project Coordinator for the Hand Up Project through
CAPCIL, will be teaching the classes in Lincoln. “I am really
excited to be teaching the Jobs for Life class. I am looking forward
to helping un/under employed individuals become self-sufficient and
also helping our community with economic growth.”
To participate in the Jobs for Life Program as either a student or
Champion please contact the Corporate Office at 217-732-2159.
CAPCIL is holding an informational meeting on Thursday January
28th at noon for anyone who is interested in becoming a Champion or
CAPCIL is also looking for local businesses to come and speak to
the class about what they are looking for in an ideal employee. Food
donations, as meals provided to the class, are also needed. All
inquiries can be made to the number listed above.