Participants sought for local job fair

 During this time of the year, a common message expressed for all is the message of hope — hope for a future. 

Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County are no different than any other place in the United States and so many places around the world: the message of hope is before us and all who look to the future, wherever they may be.

 We are also like most every other place in the United States this year, in that the message of hope is a little hollow.  Some Pagosans are out of work.  Some are seeking assistance from whatever persons or organizations they can.  Some seek food boxes, many seek utility assistance.  Some seek shelter assistance in the form of rent or mortgage payments.  Many are seeking these essentials of life for the first time, or are seeking them again after a period of being independent.

How can we as a community offer hope to those who need it? 

How can we respond to the financial crises that affect so many of us?  How are we to survive?

 While many people are looking for jobs, there are only a few employers offering jobs.  There are many employers, however, who have hope that someday soon they will be offering jobs again. 

Why not get these potential employers and employees together?  Why not have them offer hope to one another?

There are many areas in which this can occur:

• Education, including transportation, service, maintenance, food and substitute teaching.

• Government, including office work, law enforcement, road and bridge crews, drivers, maintenance, service.

• Retail, including accounting, service, clerking.

• Medical, including front desk and records help, aides, maintenance.

• Construction, including all forms of skilled and unskilled labor.

• Service industry, including motel/hotel staff employment, restaurant workers, convenience store staff, fast food service jobs.

 All of these include full- and part-time employment. Some now, most in the future.

Wouldn’t it be great if, as a community, we could gather and help each other in this time of need?  Wouldn’t it be great if we come together as a community and offer hope to one another?

There will be an opportunity to do so, Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Pagosa Springs Community Center, from 1 to 5 p.m.

A job fair will be held, providing a chance for employers and future employers in the community to meet potential employees. It is a chance for those employers and employees to trade information about work requirements, about qualifications and skills that are available now and will be available in the future.

At this point in time, what is necessary is for business owners and employers to signal their intent to participate in this project — a project to bolster hope, to unite the working community with a sense of purpose and a sense of commitment to each other and the future.

If you wish to be included in the project, call Don Ford at 264 5508.