By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Rockingham Community Action offers a wide variety of services in the community, including a chance for people to update their job skills while seeking employment.
RCA’s workplace job program and training recently gave its participants a chance to team up with Nutfield District Boy Scouts to help plan and prepare silent auction items for a recent Scout fundraising event at Camp Carpenter in Manchester.
Program participants helped line up items for the auction and also created gift baskets for the Scouts’ event. This all gave people valuable skills to use later on in the workplace.
Rockingham Community Action’s Workplace Success facilitator Kathy Wolfe said the workplace site in Derry on Crystal Avenue is one of 12 in the state, part of New Hampshire’s Employment Program, where workplace success is key in helping people plan their futures.
The Derry office put about eight volunteers to work on the Scout project. The process gives people the proper tools for success.
“They start off with job readiness and also get active job experience,” Wolfe said. “If they have no job, we place them in volunteer spots out in the community. They are still getting skills, transferable skills like typing, computer skills.”
Some participants have GEDs, some have graduated high school and some have much more education, Wolfe said. All different levels of experience, training and need come through the RCA doors.
“There are a lot of people in need,” Wolfe said.
Not only did workers take part in the Scout project, but they also man the desks in the Derry office to learn office skills. People also learn how to create a resume and get job training advice if they are unsure of what type of job they want.
By volunteering in different fields, program participants also get a feel for what job might suit them best.
Wolfe said the program always seeks nonprofit groups that may need help with a project. Connecting with people at RCA could benefit both sides, she said.
Clients also receive work experience as part of the connection. Call RCA or Wolfe for information about the job program at 216-8860.