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The Dallas Examiner | 7/28/2014, 12:41 p.m.
Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth will host a job fair on Aug. 7 for individuals seeking employment.

The Dallas Examiner


Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth will host a job fair on Aug. 7 for individuals seeking employment. The job fair will provide successful companies and skilled individuals the opportunity to meet face-to-face with one another. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., more than 40 employers, including organizations such as FedEx, United Parcel Service, the Dallas Sheriff’s Department, Dolce Hotels and Resorts, Comfort Keepers, ABM Parking Services, Waffle House and Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services will be on-hand looking for qualified new hires.

“Our job fair is meant to open doors for individuals seeking employment with employers looking to hire,” said Kevin Williams, director of Goodwill Fort Worth’s Director of North Texas Institute and Mission Services. “Goodwill’s mission centers on providing jobs and job training for individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment.”

The event will be held at Goodwill Fort Worth headquarters, located at 4005 Campus Drive in Fort Worth.

Interested employers can contact Kristen Nicola by July 24 at 817-332-7866 ext. 2070 or knicola@goodwillfw.org.


For the fourth year, PHOTOVOICE Project will use photography to teach students in Vickery Meadow about the importance of safety in their neighborhood.

“The PHOTOVOICE Project teaches students that they have both a voice and a responsibility to make needed changes for the community,” said Martha Stowe, executive director at the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation.

PHOTOVOICE is a joint collaboration between the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas housed at Parkland and the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation.

“Through this project, students better recognize issues and concerns they have in their community regarding safety and safe routes to school,” said Shelli Stephens-Stidham, director of the Injury Prevention Center.

Working with Dallas-area photographers, the students receive photography training and then put their newly acquired skills to use to tell a story and to identify safety issues. The project also includes a session on how to work with city officials to spark policy and social changes by engaging, informing and organizing community members to take action and explore possible solutions.

Jared Porter, digital media specialist at Parkland Health & Hospital System, provides instruction to students on ways to use social media to affect change, promote their passions and share their talents.

The five-week course will end with a reception, photographic presentation and display and walking tour of the neighborhood for city officials, parents and community stakeholders. The event will take place Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Sam Tasby Middle School, 7001 Fair Oaks Ave.


Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles has tasked Paula Blackmon, senior executive for intergovernmental affairs and community relations, with the additional responsibilities of overseeing the district’s offices of Partnership and Volunteer Services, Family and Community Engagement, and Adult and Community Education.

“Paula has been doing great work on behalf of students and staff since joining our team,” Miles said. “Expanding her role will build an even better platform for outreach as we continue to work toward our goal in Destination 2020 of growing relationships with our stakeholders. Bringing these departments together will better equip us to support students as they become college- and career-ready.”