Gorge Employment First

Mid-Columbia Employment First ~ Mission: Everyone can work and there is a job for everyone. Our job is to be creative and tenacious in providing support. All individuals, schools, families and businesses must raise their expectations. People will be hired because of their ability. Communities embrace people who contribute. Not working should be the exception. Everyone has something to contribute. People are healthier, safer and happiest with meaningful work. True employment is not a social service. Employment is a win/win for everybody.

Composition: The Mid-Columbia Employment First group is comprised of agencies and schools in the Mid-Columbia area who work together to help individuals who experience Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities find meaningful employment.

Some of our contributing agencies are listed below:

~ Wasco County School District and Youth Transition Program

~ Hood River School District and Youth Transition Program

~ Eastern Oregon Support Services Brokerage

~ Mid-Columbia Center for Living

~ Office of Developmental Disability Services

~ Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation

~ Oregon Commission for the Blind

~ Transition Network Facilitator  

Upcoming Events:

September 19th, 2019 – 4pm-7pm @ Sorosis Park in The Dalles OR. Come join our Mid-Columbia Employment First group as we are hosting a unique job fair! We will have food, music, face painting, a dunk tank, and many more activities. We will also have alcohol and nonalcoholic drinks for sale. This is our opportunity to give back to our supportive Employers in the area, recruit new potential employers, connect potential employees with employers who are looking for solid recruits, and most importantly, to have fun while we are at it! We look forward to seeing new Employers! Please contact Laura Noppenberger with questions ~ 541-490-5636

October 8th, 2019 – 5:30pm-8:30pm @ The Hood River Inn – Join the Mid-Columbia Employment First group for our 3rd Annual Employer/Employee recognition event! This event honors the employers in our area committed to a employing a diverse workforce as well as honoring outstanding employees who have achieved success in employment! We will serve heavy Hors d’oeuvres, have a no host bar, and awards will be presented throughout the evening. Come celebrate our community’s commitment to employment diversity and success! Please contact Laura Noppenberger with questions ~ 541-490-5636 and RSVP to midcolumbiaemploymentfirst@gmail.com

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