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Project Thrive Means Jobs

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)  Three major players in Cedar Rapids are teaming up to help employers find workers who might never think to knock on their door for a job.

Diversity Focus, Four Oaks and General Mills are all part of Project Thrive, an effort that launches on March 22nd in hopes of helping companies in the corridor employ a more diverse workforce. General Mills is the first of what could be several businesses to plan a community event at the Paul Engle Center in Cedar Rapids.

Coordinator Selinya Carew says it's an incredible opportunity to bring companies and prospective employees together.  She says sometimes people who are looking for work might think they dont qualify for a better job, Project Thrive, we thought was a great initiative because it provides these individuals that are interested in getting information about employment, the opportunity to get more familiar with prominent companies and agencies in Cedar Rapids.  General Mills is really trying to reach out to the community and bring information to the community versus waiting for the community to come out for information and I think that approach is very proactive in making sure the community knows the companys interests in helping them gain stability as well as employment opportunities.

Organizers of this first Project Thrive say its actually directed at children in places like the Wellington Heights Neighborhood.  Obviously, not with the intent to hire them, but rather to encourage their parents to change their family tree with a better career.  Carew says its a long-term benefit for everyone , Four Oaks really believes in benefitting children and helping them gain and reach stability and as such helping the families and the parents gain access to quality employment gives the children a better chance to have basic needs met and being able to be successful in the future.

Project Thrive provides anyone with the chance to learn more about jobs at General Mills on Saturday March 22nd, from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Paul Engle Center, 1600 4th Avenue S.E.  Those interested do not need to register before the event.



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