Brevard native Elijah Mullenax, a recent graduate of Blue Ridge Community College, is spending the summer working for United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) before returning to UNC Chapel Hill in the fall. Mullenax’s internship is funded through the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board for Backpacks to Briefcases (B2B).
B2B partnered with Talent Jam to help students and graduates connect to area work opportunities. United Way of Transylvania County is one of more than 35 regional agencies and businesses serving as intern hosts. Potential interns and intern hosts initially connected in April at a combination quick-pitch and speed networking session.
“When I went to the speed meetings, I was hopeful about gaining work experience that would apply what I know, while offering some great learning situations. I’m glad to have found that combination by interning with United Way of Transylvania County,” explained Mullenax.
“We have great plans for Elijah. We were very impressed by his resume to date, and we’re proud to add United Way to his resume. He’s already working on a special project for VolunteerTransylvania.org, our community-wide volunteer opportunity website, and we have quite a few more projects waiting in the wings,” said Steve Pulliam, CEO for UWTC.
About Mountain Area Workforce Development
Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, a department of Land of Sky Regional Council, oversees a single, comprehensive strategic plan for Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties by meeting the workforce needs of local employers and job seekers. With a budget approaching $2.5 million annually, funds are allocated for workforce development and training in the four-county area. Learn more at http://www.mountainareaworks.org.
About Backpacks to Briefcases (B2B)
Backpacks to Briefcases (B2B) offers college graduates from December 2016 and prior paid internships at local businesses and organizations. The college graduates must be underemployed or unemployed and meet income eligibility requirements. Learn more at https://www.edsisolutions.com/upload/file/106/EDSI_Backpacks_to_Briefcases_original.pdf.
About Talent Jam
Talent Jam is a connectivity platform that creates a direct, personal, and authentic connection between local talent and the organizations that need them. Live pitch events feature dueling, open-mic pitches from both talent seekers and individuals with professional talents. Learn more at https://thetalentjam.com.
About United Way
United Way of Transylvania County’s fiscal year 2016-2017 campaign goal is $510,000. Campaign contributions support local health and human service initiatives including www.VolunteerTransylvania.org community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and MyFreeTaxes.com free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.
United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions.
United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives. Specific goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.
UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, adult day care, after-school and summer youth programs, health services, financial education and counseling, youth conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.
To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit www.unitedwaytransylvania.org or https://www.facebook.com/UnitedwayTC.
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