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ROC the Block Connects Employers to Potential Workers

Staff report

Each quadrant will host a job fair that brings employers into neighborhoods. Provided by city of Rochester

The first of four neighborhood employment fairs — one for each quadrant — is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. June 10 in northeast at Central Park and Third Street.

The event is part of a series of ROC the Block fairs organized by the city to bring businesses and recruiters closer to potential employees.

The fairs are designed to bring attention and opportunities directly to neighborhoods.

“We have concentrated challenges in some of our neighborhoods, so we are creating focused opportunities for our residents,” said City Councilmember Miguel Meléndez. “Nothing beats direct outreach to community members and this is one of many ways we can meet people where they live and offer tangible results.”

Melendez said transportation can be an issue, and he said the city is working on ways to overcome that barrier.

“Some folks might make a decision based on their ability to get to certain jobs,” he said.

The following employers and organizations are scheduled to be represented at the fair:

Alsco Uniforms; Amazon; Bausch & Lomb; CDS Life Transitions; city of Rochester Financial Empowerment Center; Complemar Partners; Concentrix; Genesee Brewery; Gorbel Inc.; Greenlight Networks; Hammer Packaging; Heritage Christian Services; Hillside Family of Agencies; Isaac Training and Education Center (ITEC); LiDestri Food and Drink; Lifetime Assistance Inc.; Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office; ReJob 2.0; Rochester Educational Opportunity Center; Rochester Institute of Technology; Rochester Regional Health; Sutherland Group; The ARC of Monroe; Thermo Fisher Scientific; Tops Friendly Markets; U.S. Census Bureau; UNICON; VMD Corporation; and the Young Adults Manufacturing Training Employment Program (YAMTEP).

Melendez encouraged participants to bring resumes if they have them because some employers may be willing to make offers on the spot. Others may seek follow-up conversations.

In addition to the traditional opportunities for residents to meet directly with employers and career-advancement organizations, the events will feature DJs, refreshments and other activities.

Other ROC the Block employment fairs are expected to be the second Thursday of each month until September. The locations are being determined.

Employers or organizations interested in participating can email Romanda.Gibson-Stevenson@cityofrochester.gov or call (585) 428-7652.