In an effort to move people beyond a crisis and onto a more self-sustaining life, Community Action of Skagit County is working to align our internal programming to move families forward. How do we do that? By providing families with tools that will help them articulate and manifest their goals in the areas of employment education and financial staibilty.

 

Basic Food, Employment & Training (BFET)

The BFET program provides employment readiness opportunities to Basic Food (SNAP) recipients through a partnership between Community Action of Skagit County and Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)

BFET Provides:

  • Job readiness training and job search assistance
  • Basic Education (e.g., literacy, math, vocational ESL, high school equivalency preparation)
  • Short term vocational training
  • Resume, cover letter, and job application assistance
  • Interviewing skills
  • Career planning
  • One-on-one job coaching
  • Issue resolution through case management
  • Post-employment support
  • Participant reimbursements (support services, such as transportation, child care, and clothing.

Who is Eligible?

An individual is eligible to receive BFET services if he/she is:

  • A federal food recipient
  • Not receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or other cash assistance
  • Age 16 or older
  • Physical and mentally able to work, or will be able to work within the next one year. (Ability to work is based on client statement and provider assessment. For example, a client with a pending Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability application is not eligible, but a client receiving temporary workers compensation could be eligible.)

 

WorkFirst

The WorkFirst program is a partnership between the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and Community Action of Skagit County.   The goals of the WorkFirst Program are to help low-income families stabilize their lives, so they can go to work and take better care of their families.

Program Descriptions

Community Jobs /Career Jump Program:

The Community Jobs program is a full time (40 hours per week) WorkFirst activity that provides TANF participants with up to six (6) months of paid, temporary employment.   Participation in the CJ program qualifies participating individuals for the advanced Earned Income Tax Credit.

Community Works Program:

The Community Works program is a one (1) to twelve (12) month unpaid internship that provides WorkFirst participants with work experience.

WorkFirst Provides:

  • Temporary worksite placement to learn new skills
  • Job readiness training and job search assistance
  • Resume, cover letter, and job application assistance
  • Interviewing skills
  • Career planning
  • One-on-one job coaching
  • Issue resolution through case management
  • Participant reimbursements (support services, such as transportation, child care, & clothing)

Who is Eligible?

Those receiving the TANF grant through DSHS are able to participate in the WorkFirst programs.  All WorkFirst participants must be referred to Community Action staff by their DSHS case manager.

Worksites

There are a variety of worksites available to WorkFirst participants for temporary job placement.   Types of positions available include, but are not limited to:

  • Clerical
  • Customer Service
  • Retail
  • Labor/Construction
  • Classroom Assistance
  • Food Preparation

 

Work Pathways

In a competitive job market, applicants need every advantage to be considered! In an eight week cycle, participants and facilitators work together on résumés, cover letters, addressing interview questions, and finding the right job for your skills!

Pre-registration is required, email Megan Kost for more information or to RSVP

 

Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to facilitate or co-facilitate classes and workshops, be available for drop-in resouce and computer labs, and/or work one-on-one with clients to identify next steps in reaching their goals. We recruit, train, and support community volunteers to work in large and small groups to be a peer and resource for those who need someone in thier corner as they work towards Financial Empowerment

If you're up for a challenge, enjoy talking with others, have a postive attitude, and are willing to give some time to someone in your community, contact Ryan Davis or check out the Volunteer Center for more information.

 

 

Questions

For questions, please call Community Action at 360-416-7585.