Police-sponsored job fair offers hope, employment

Police-sponsored job fair offers hope, employment

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 6:41 PM

YORK, S.C. -- Around 400 people attended a job fair sponsored by the York Police Department Thursday.  Officers planned the event on their days off and partnered with Tender Hearts Ministries.

The job fair featured roughly 25 different employers- all currently hiring- that were looking for a broad range of skill sets to fill empty positions.

"I've been working since I was 16 years old, but I've now been out of work for the past two years. It's a struggle every day," said Jerad Sanders, who also took advantage of the free "interview clothes" donated by Tender Hearts.  Sanders said he walked to the job fair and would never have been able to afford the gas money to get him to each workplace to apply.

"This really helps me, I'm thankful they planned this," said Sanders who filled out an application at every single table.

Mary Yost agreed.

"I'm a single mother and I was laid off from my job of almost 25 years just three weeks ago. I've been trying to find work, but without much success," explained Yost, who got a little teary eyed talking about her situation.

"I am applying everywhere because I have something to offer.  I am a good worker. When one door closes, a window opens- and I'm ready to find that open window...like, now!" said Yost.

York Police said last year's event only attracted about 80 people, compared with the 400 this time around.

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