Lawmaker & Family Group Team Up To Help
Since the summer season began, State Sen. Joseph Addabbo and a hiring team from healthcare entity Birch Family Services have hosted two mass hiring events, one in the Rockaways and another in Howard Beach, attracting dozens of people and sending more than half of the total applicants on the path to employment.
On Thursday, Aug. 14, Addabbo and Birch are bringing the opportunity to Ozone Park for another event, this time taking place at the Nativity Parish Hall, 101-19 91st St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Given the success of our previous hiring events, I knew we had to keep going,” Addabbo said. “With summer winding down and the fall quickly approaching, more individuals are getting back into work-mode, and this additional event can help further that.”
Applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D., experience caring for elderly and/or disabled individuals and a New York State driver’s license. Hopefuls must also bring a resume; any certifications (HHA, CNA, CPR, AMAP, etc.), though not required; two forms of identification, including driver’s license; and proof of the highest completed educational degree.
“The job market continues to be tough for everybody, no matter their age. Hiring opportunities such as this can hopefully ease any stress and give my constituents a convenient and effective means to gain employment,” Addabbo added.
Birch provides pre-school special education, special education, head start and day care, small supervised residences, day habilitation for graduates and family support to overcome obstacles they face when raising children with disabilities. The organization has more than 3,000 teachers, therapists, social workers, psychologists, nurses, residence counselors, administrators, board members and family members.
“Birch Family Services has been a wonderful partner throughout our relationship and I thank them for their dedication to our community,” Addabbo said. “They are an extremely well-reputed organization and, from what I can see, treat their employees with the respect they deserve. Given that, plus the wide variety of services they offer, this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone struggling to find a job.”
On Sept. 19, Addabbo will host his annual job fair at the new YMCA in Arverne by the Sea, 207 Beach 73rd St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the past, the job fair has brought in over 1,000 attendees, over 100 vendors and roughly 1,200 job opportunities to each event.