Library To Get New JobLINC Bus
The Memphis Library Foundation recently received a $314,000 grant from the Plough Foundation for a new custom-designed JobLINC bus. The bus will bring computers, printers, internet access, and job resource materials to community centers, library branches, grocery stores, and other public areas throughout the community.
“Most employers now require people to fill applications out online. For so many in our community – too many in our community – their lack of computer access prevents them from finding employment,” says Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. “As we work to grow prosperity in all of our neighborhoods, the JobLINC bus will bring the resources needed to find a job directly into our communities.”
The bus is expected to serve 12,000 customers each year. On-board staff will provide one-on-one assistance with job searches, training opportunities, resume preparation, and online applications.
“JobLINC has been recognized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a model for targeted employment outreach,” says Library Director Keenon McCloy. “We are extremely grateful to the Plough Foundation for supporting this important project. The support services that the library is able to provide through JobLINC are truly essential in these difficult economic times.”
The previous JobLINC bus served area citizens for 20 years before being retired in 2010. The new bus will include green features, such as solar panels and LED lighting, and will be ADA compliant.