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Hiring Our Heroes

August 19, 2015
Posted by: Michael Benesch, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

JCRC reaches out regularly to other faith and ethnic groups as part of our important efforts in community relations. In fact, in a very real sense this interfaith and intergroup outreach is one of the core ways that we work to ensure a just society and a secure Jewish future. Recently, however, it came to our leadership’s attention that veterans are an important group with which we haven’t had a great deal of interaction, and that we really should. So, we sought out veteran’s support groups in the Bay Area and asked how we, as representatives of the organized Jewish community, could assist them in their efforts to help troops reintegrate into society. The answer was clear – jobs!

It should come as no surprise that one of the highest priorities for our service men and women as they transition into civilian life is finding employment. Unfortunately, many veterans face challenges in finding meaningful community engagement. According to the most recent report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans remains above the national average and that rate more than doubles for veterans under the age of 25 (to 16.2 percent). Military spouse unemployment is even higher, sitting at approximately 25 percent according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Defense.

To help veterans and their spouses in the Bay Area and beyond, JCRC has teamed up with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and the San Francisco Giants. Together, we will host a hiring expo for veterans and military spouses at AT&T Park on August 25th. The event will include employment workshops and career coaching, as well as a hiring fair with over 110 employers represented. It’s completely free, and qualified participants will receive two complimentary tickets to that evening’s Giants game against the Cubs.

Although this event is a service to veterans, it’s also a benefit for the employers who are participating. Veterans tend to make good employees for a number of reasons. They’ve often been cross-trained in multiple skills, for example, and may have experience in varied tasks and responsibilities. Most have faced challenges and learned the satisfaction of a job well done.

We hope you will help us spread the word about this important event! More information and registration details are available online.