“Equity for All” Job Fair set for Nov. 1st

The Ada S. McKinley Equity For All Job Fair is open to people with disabilities, veterans, college students, high school graduates, and those interested in a trade. PHOTO PROVIDED BY ADA S. MCKINLEY.
The Ada S. McKinley Equity For All Job Fair is open to people with disabilities, veterans, college students, high school graduates, and those interested in a trade. PHOTO PROVIDED BY ADA S. MCKINLEY.

 “Equity for All” Job Fair set for Nov. 1st

By Tia Carol Jones

Ada S. McKinley will host its “Equity For All” Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1st, at 1863 S. Wabash. The employment event is open to people with disabilities, veterans, college students, high school graduates, and those interested in a trade.

Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc., is more than an 100-yeasr-old organization, with a mission to educate, empower and employ people to change their lives and strengthen their communities.


According to its website, more than 7,000 people are served annually, and there are more than 70 program sites throughout the Chicagoland area, Indiana and Wisconsin. Ada S. McKinley serves the South and West sides of the city. The programs range from education, behavioral health, foster care, childcare, environmental services, residential services, community day services and employment services.


Ada S. Mckinley wanted to open the job fair to a multitude of job seekers and intentionally wanted to open the fair to those populations because they were the most in need of equal employment opportunities.


Alici McNeal is the Vice President of Community Day Services and Supportive Employment. Neal said Ada S. McKinley reached out to several companies and it is expecting at least 150 attendees on the day to participate in the job fair. Rush Hospital and Medical Center, Hilton Chicago, Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago Urban League, Greater Chicago Food Depository and Roosevelt University will be on hand at the job fair, as well as Ada S. McKinley’s own human resources team.


McNeal said this job fair is important because as we are coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff numbers in social services, hospitals and healthcare, hospitality have been low.


“When we’re talking about the Equity For All, we’re noticing too, here at Ada, based on the communities we serve, those resources, aren’t being allocated. We just want to create those equal outcomes for all the people that are in the community,” McNeal said.


In addition to the job fair, attendees can participate in job readiness and job development. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive resources applicants might need, which includes resume assistance and transportation assistance. The goal is to ensure those applicants who receive a job offer can sustain the employment.


With Ada S. McKinley’s facilities management and environmental services program, the organization employs people with disabilities to work as janitors. It enables Ada S. McKinley to provide resources to people with disabilities and veterans, who might not know where to begin with seeking employment.


“To have that be a pillar, where they know where to come for those additional resources that they would need, and we here at Ada have experience, because we’re currently doing those placements now, we are able to be a face within that community for them to come and seek those resources if they need them,” McNeal said.


Those interested are encouraged to dress to impress and bring their resumes.


For more information about Ada S. McKinley, visit www.adasmckinley.org.

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