One of the key values of A Hand Up For Women is partnering with organizations in the community who share our commitment to empowering women to succeed. Last year, we were fortunate enough to be sought out by the Second Chances program through the City of Knoxville’s Public Service Department. Eligible candidates from A Hand Up interview with the Equity and Diversity Committee from the department and, if chosen, serve a 12-week paid internship as part of various teams within the department. If they successfully complete the internship, they are given the opportunity to apply for open permanent positions. Marilyn Anderson, our first Second Chances participant, is now employed with the city full-time. She completed her internship with flying colors… even becoming the first participant to receive her commercial driver’s license on the first try! Pam Wilkinson will complete her internship on March 10th, having also received her CDL. A third potential Second Chances participant is in the process of interviewing for the next internship which will begin in April. We are so grateful to Gail Frank and Nick Bradshaw from the Public Service Department for giving our ladies this opportunity to pursue a truly stable career. We look forward to many years of partnership ahead!
Read the Whole Newsletter: March 2017 Newsletter