By REBECCA HAZEN
The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission (NWGRC) and Work Source Georgia is offering a Disaster Dislocated Worker National Emergency Grant through its Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Those in Dade County who have been unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to apply.
Recipients of the grant get COVID-19 prevention related jobs, which last for 16 weeks.
According to Paula Stallings, overseer of the grant in Dade County, the grant is available for another year, and there are still several positions to fill.
Jacob Clark, who lived in Dade County growing up, and is now living in Flat Rock, Ala., is a recipient of the grant. He is working at the Dade County Sports Complex.
Clark was working at Larry’s Restaurant in Trenton, which closed down to the pandemic.
“Miss Paula gave me a call, and said, ‘Hey, I have a proposition for you.’ She gave me an opportunity with this grant,” Clark said.
As part of his job Clark cleans bathrooms and sanitizes other areas.
“I am thankful to have the grant. It is a job,” Clark said. “This is a necessary job to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Clark encourages everyone who may need a job at this time to look into the grant.
“Everyone needs a job so they can do something and move forward,” Clark said.
Parks and Recreation Director, Stacy Stephens, is Clark’s supervisor.
“He is doing a great job. Jacob is a great worker,” Stephens said. “It is important because we take pride in keeping our restrooms very clean, and even cleaning our basketball and tennis courts and cleaning the dugouts.”
The eligibility requirements for the National Emergency Grant include:
• Be at least 18 years old
• A legal citizen of the United States
• In compliance with the Selective Service Act
• Workers temporarily or permanently laid off as a result of COVID-19
• Workers laid off due to a plant or business closure related to COVID-19 or lack of work
• Long-term unemployed individuals
• Self-employed individuals unemployed or underemployed
An application is available online at www.careerdepot.org. Click on the Disaster/COVID-19 Application link.
For additional information about the National Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant or WIOA please contact Stallings at (423) 280-5161 or visit www.careerdepot.org.