Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Oct 26, 2020
 
Rotarians understand the key role that employment plays in the lives of individuals and in the connectivity of communities. Hearing that the COVID situation has pushed the unemployment rate for people who have disabilities up to 80%, we knew that it was time to re-engage with the job seekers in Kitsap County through the Partners for Work program https://www.gowise.org/what-we-do/partners-for-work/.
 
On October 22, the Silverdale Rotary Club broke the mold by conducting four simultaneous mock interview sessions entirely through the Zoom online platform. With just a couple of lessons learned, the project was a resounding success. “Today would have been my fourth anniversary at a job that I loved, but the pandemic caused me to be laid off,” shared job seeker, Eldon. “I like to work as a team – I just need another chance.”
 
This third mock interview project got our Silverdale Rotarians smiling ear-to-ear. “Engaging with eager job seekers, and possibly providing their foot in the door with area employers, is the highlight of my year,” shared several attendees. New this time, Rotarians from area clubs dropped into the meeting as session participants, as they are excited to launch their own clubs’ initiatives to help people with disabilities get jobs.
 
The Silverdale Rotary Club is honored to partner with Easterseals Washington and other social service agencies to promote inclusion in our community, and to motivate clubs around the world to do the same. For more information, or better yet, to provide leads for job seekers, contact Cathy Bisaillon at cathyb@wa.easterseals.com.