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TURNING A SURVIVAL JOB INTO A FOREVER JOB – JULY 16
Author: Claire Hurd
Some of you may have recently seen our very own Jason Harvey featured on KHQ for a WorkSource story. Jason’s story is both touching and relatable as his situation was echoed across the community during the peak of the pandemic.
Jason’s previous employment ended due to stressors related to COVID-19. Because of this, he found himself unemployed. As a family man, he enjoyed having the extra time at home with his kids. But, his drive and desire to work left him wanting more. He reflects, “I like working. It keeps me busy. Makes me feel younger.”
Jason then turned to WorkSource Spokane for assistance on finding a new job. WorkSource put listings in front of him that weren’t necessarily in line with his career path, but it just so happened that one of those listings brought Jason to Second Harvest where he works in compliance and safety. He says, “I’ll be here forever.” after finding his “survival job” turned into a “forever job”.
Requirements for maintaining unemployment benefits in Washington State currently call for proof of at least 1 approved job search activity each week. If you need assistance completing those job search activities, WorkSource Spokane would be a great place to start (we can testify!).
If you’re interested in working for Second Harvest, we are currently hiring for AmeriCorps positions in both our Pasco and Spokane distribution centers.
If you’re interested in watching KHQ’s story on Jason Harvey, watch it here: https://www.khq.com/news/worksource-helping-job-seekers-find-employment-coming-out-of-the-pandemic/article_0826b7d8-e03c-11eb-8d07-eb4c57a75db3.html
Nearly six months after the federal COVID-19 emergency was lifted, obtaining food continues to be extremely challenging. News stories and conversations with our fellow Feeding America food banks confirm that food sourcing difficulties are nationwide.
That’s why we are so fortunate to be able to access Feeding America’s Choice System to obtain a variety of quality, nutritious food.
Looking for a fun way to celebrate your birthday, company event or holiday? Hosting a fundraiser for Second Harvest is easy and makes an impact. You can raise funds online or host a food drive in person. We’ll give you the tools to get set up, share your event and start collecting. Every dollar donated makes a difference for neighbors experiencing food insecurity.
Steve and his wife both retired from the Army, and he also spent time as a civil engineer in the Navy. His career has been a life of service to our country. Today, he is a member of the civilian workforce at Fairchild Air Force Base.
With economics the way they are today, Steve accesses Second Harvest Mobile Market free food distributions on base.
Naturally cheery, Steve manages a smile even when he explains “Times are hard.” Simultaneously, he proudly adds, “We have two kids, 13 and 14. They eat like crazy and are growing like mad.”