United Way – Midlands hosting Breaking Barriers Employment Fair, Wednesday, Oct. 18

United Way of the Midlands will host the second annual Breaking Barriers Employment Resource Fair on Wednesday (Oct.18) from 9 a.m. – until- noon. It’s at the Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly Street.

The event, hosted in partnership with the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless and Richland Library, is designed to help individuals experiencing barriers to employment including homelessness, lack of transportation, or physical disabilities with the goal of securing long-term employment in the Midlands.

Karina Henry, Homeless Service Coordinator for United Way of the Midlands, explained “Through our focus studies, we found the four major barriers that people face when seeking employment are disabilities, homelessness or those facing homelessness, criminal backgrounds, and the lack of transportation. This event was formed to provide resources and services for those facing these issues.”

In addition, there will be an Expungement Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to explain the expungement process to individuals with criminal backgrounds. Those who attend the Expungement Workshop during the event will receive free background checks (normally a $25 cost) and will have the opportunity to speak with an on-site attorney about their individual next steps.

This event is open to the public and will feature over 30 employers who are hiring and are interested in promoting available career opportunities and internships. Participating employers include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Amazon, Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Babcock Center, and many more.