The Source Northwest Ohio, Lucas County’s One-Stop Employment Center, was awarded the top honor for service to Veterans recently by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), according to Michael Veh, spokesperson for Lucas County Workforce Development Agency. The local center was rated highest among the state’s 90 certified One-Stop centers.
In its annual competition, ODJFS selected The Source for providing Veterans with superior customer service, streamlined priority of service and exemplary efforts to ensure Veterans are aware of the services available through city, county, state and federal programs.
The Veterans Services Team at The Source also makes referrals to employers and ensures that the skills and qualifications of their clients meet the employer’s needs.
Another program that put The Source at the top was local implementation of the Homeless Veterans Initiative. This has been accomplished by assessing new clients and providing qualified individuals with a “Street Card” which lists various community contacts and support agencies. Included on the card is a toll-free number to the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans and the name of an outreach worker with the Veteran’s Administration in Ann Arbor, MI who helps homeless Vets register for services.
Other activities included registering 651 new veterans for service through The Source. As a result, 87 veterans found employment, 248 veterans were referred to Lucas County Veterans Service Commission for supportive services and 188 veterans were referred to ODJFS Veteran Service Representatives to assist them with employment. The veteran job fair held last November was attended by 400 veteran job seekers and 50 employers. The 2010 event is scheduled for November 5.
More than 75 eligible candidates for the 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Program will be recognized on Wednesday, September 29 at a reception and program beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the lobby of Fifth Third Center at One SeaGate. During the 7 p.m. program, 20 individuals will be announced as this year’s 20 Under 40 award recipients.
The event is open to the public at $30 per person in advance and $35 at the door. For questions or reservations, call 419-247-1733 or go to www.20under40toledo.com.
The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community. It is intended that the program will further motivate young leaders in our area.
Since 1996, 280 young, community leaders have been recognized through the 20 Under 40 program. At the conclusion of the 2010 event, there will be 300 award recipients from across Northwestern Ohio.
Program sponsors include Eastman and Smith, Fifth Third Bank, Plante & Moran and Columbia Gas of Ohio.
Genoa Chamber of Commerce redoes website
The Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce has a new website, new president and new media director and editor of the chamber’s newsletter.
The new website will keep members informed of chamber activities and allow for various forms to be submitted electronically. It will also allow for the electronic payment of dues.
The address is www.genoachamber.com.
Tim Davies is the new president. He is the pastor at Christ Community Church in Genoa. Chris Sheldon is the new media director and editor of the chamber’s newsletter. She has been a firefighter/EMT for 25 years and the fiscal officer/clerk for Clay Township for the past 18 years.
Ann Mann, office manager at Mann Technologies, is the newest board member.
The chamber will also hold two events in the next two weeks. The annual street fair and car show will take place Saturday, September 18.
A business after hours will be held at Latte’Da Thursday, September 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more info, call 419-707-5774.
The right thing
Crown Mats and Matting, a 65-year-old matting manufacturer of Fremont, has donated mats for the temporary home of Lake High School, which is located in the former Owens Community College Workforce Development Center on Tracy Road in Northwood.
Schools & skills
The fifth Annual Hispanic Business Expo and Job Fair sponsored by the Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be held Friday, October 1, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Math/Science Center on the campus of Owens Community College. For booth space and sponsorship information, call 419-255-3595 or go to www.nohcc.com
At the clubs
The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for the 32nd Annual Apple Festival to be held October 9 and 10. Call 419-898-0479.
Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours Thursday, 5-7 p.m. at Latte’da, Genoa’s newest coffee shop, located at 624 Main Street.