DanburyWORKS and Amazon Will Partner to Offer Virtual Information Sessions About Employment

Monday, August 17, 2020

Sessions Will Focus on Warehouse Positions at the New Danbury Amazon Delivery Station

DANBURY, CT -- City-wide economic collaborative DanburyWORKS is partnering with Amazon to provide information sessions about how to obtain employment at the new Amazon delivery station in Danbury. The information sessions are part of efforts by DanburyWORKS to improve employment among Danbury’s Black, brown, and immigrant populations.
 
Amazon announced in June that it will take over the former Scholastic distribution center at 90 Old Sherman Turnpike in Danbury to create a new delivery station, in a move that will bring hundreds of jobs to the city.
 
The first two virtual information sessions will be held on Wednesday, August 26, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, and on Thursday, September 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.
 
“Even before the pandemic and the unemployment it brought, 50 percent of Danbury residents were struggling to pay their bills. This new Amazon delivery station represents an opportunity for people to obtain good jobs with a potential for career growth,” said Sandra Ferreira, Director of DanburyWORKS. “We’re very happy to help Amazon reach out to our low-income residents and communities of color about employment at their facility.”
 
The efforts to provide information about opportunities with Amazon are being led by the workforce core group of DanburyWORKS, which includes the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Labor, The Bridge to Independence and Career Opportunities (TBICO), Naugatuck Valley Community College, Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, and Western Connecticut Regional Adult Education (WERACE).
 
DanburyWORKS is a city-wide collaborative focused on creating economic vitality, and links services across the community to break down barriers to economic engagement and create lasting change. Other efforts to improve employment among immigrant and minority communities in Danbury have included English language learning services and the expansion of affordable family home child care.
 
For more information about DanburyWORKS and for links to the virtual information sessions, contact Sandra Ferreira at 203-297-6283, sandra.ferreira@uwwesternct.org.

ABOUT DanburyWORKS
DanburyWORKS is a collaborative focused on making Danbury a place where all families can thrive. Its mission is to improve equity and quality of life in Danbury. Partners include community residents, the City of Danbury (including the Danbury Library, Danbury Police Department, and Danbury Fire Department), Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut, Danbury Chamber of Commerce, Danbury Public Schools and WERACE, EdAdvance, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Families Network of Western Connecticut, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Northeastern Workforce Development Board, Positive Discipline of Connecticut, the Regional YMCA, Salvation Army, and the United Way of Western Connecticut. For more information, visit www.uwwesternct.org/dw.

ABOUT UNITED WAY OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT
United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) improves the lives of hard-working, struggling households by mobilizing the resources of local communities to create lasting change. We help residents across Northern Fairfield County, Southern Litchfield County and the City of Stamford by focusing on the vital building blocks for a good life: Education, Financial Stability and Health. We are committed to ensuring that every child enters school ready to learn, every family is financially stable, and every community we serve is healthy and strong. We are particularly focused on a population that United Way identifies as ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) in our communities. A United Way report published in September 2018 revealed that in Connecticut, more than 1 in 3 households has earnings above the Federal Poverty Level, but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. Combined with those who are struggling below poverty level, 40% of all households in the state are experiencing financial hardship. By leveraging the collective power of the community, we are focused on creating an environment where individuals and families are self-sufficient and can achieve financial independence.

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Contact:

Caroline LaFleur
United Way of Western Connecticut
203-297-6307
caroline.lafleur@uwwesternct.org

Website: www.uwwesternct.org

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