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Giving Tuesday Spotlight: Orange County Re-Entry Partnership

Join Pacific Reentry Career Services Executive Director & Co-Founder Stephanie Hammerwold in donating to OCREP for Giving Tuesday.

Join Pacific Reentry Career Services Executive Director & Co-Founder Stephanie Hammerwold in donating to OCREP for Giving Tuesday.

Wow! What a year! We just finished our second Fair Chance Hiring Summit (watch the blog for more on that next week), and we are already thinking about what we will do in 2018. We have so much to be thankful for during our first year providing direct services. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, we want to take a moment and give thanks for the Orange County Re-Entry Partnership (OCREP). We would not be where we are today without the support of this amazing organization.

OCREP is a network of organizations and people who support the reentry community. As a small organization focused on employment for the formerly incarcerated, we do not have the resources to help with all the needs of our clients, but we do have access to a diverse network of professionals ready to provide help with housing, addiction services, mental health services and more. Formerly incarcerated people often have multiple barriers, so sometimes it is necessary to work in partnership with other organizations to get the help they need.

Here are the top ten reasons why we think you should give to OCREP on Giving Tuesday:

  1. OCREP supports second chances, and so do we.
  2. We have formed a number of partnerships with people and organizations that have been able to help our clients with shelter, job training and other services.
  3. Reentry success depends on a supportive community, and OCREP fosters that kind of community in Orange County.
  4. OCREP has been a huge support as we launched our programs this year and helped us with both of our Fair Chance Hiring Summits.
  5. Two years ago, we went to our first OCREP general meeting when Pacific Reentry Career Services was just an idea, and we were welcomed with open arms.
  6. Speaking of general meetings, OCREP meetings are always educational and a good opportunity to visit with friends who support the reentry community.
  7. The OCREP email newsletter is your go-to source for all things reentry.
  8. The OCREP advisory committee is led by Director Meghan Medlin and is made up of some of the most amazing people you will meet in Orange County.
  9. OCREP puts on amazing events like the annual Reentry Resource Fair and the recent Opioid Awareness event.
  10. OCREP is a necessary part of the reentry community in Orange County.

Join us in donating to OCREP today. Happy Thanksgiving!

Get Involved with Pacific Reentry Career Services

A new year often means creating resolutions, setting goals and making plans for positive changes in our lives. For Pacific Reentry Career Services, 2017 means the launch of several exciting programs that we have been working hard on in the past year. We are looking forward to helping those leaving jail or prison in their quest to create happy, healthy and productive lives following release. Of course, success for the reentry community requires support from communities, which is why we encourage you to support our programs in one of the ways listed below.

Go Shopping

For those of you that shop on Amazon, there is an easy way to support Pacific Reentry Career Services. Next time you head to Amazon to shop, use AmazonSmile and designate Pacific Reentry Career Services as the charity you want to support. Then make sure to use the AmazonSmile link every time you shop in the future. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Pacific Reentry Career Services. It is simple, and there is no extra cost to you.

Volunteer

We are getting ready to launch our mentorship program and are looking for business professionals in the Los Angeles and Orange County area who want to mentor formerly incarcerated women during their job search and early months of employment. We are also looking for volunteers who want to help out at job search workshops, employer summits and other events. Visit our Get Involved page and fill out the interest form at the bottom if you would like to volunteer with Pacific Reentry Career Services.

Host an Employer Summit or Job Seeker Workshop

If you have a business that would like to get involved in spreading the word about the benefits of hiring the formerly incarcerated, we would love to partner with you in putting on employer summits. Employer summits bring together hiring managers and business professionals to discuss the benefits and challenges of hiring the formerly incarcerated. It is our goal to open up the conversation about hiring this population, to break down myths and to encourage employers to give a fair chance to job seekers with criminal records. Not only is hiring the formerly incarcerated good for communities, but there are also tax incentives like the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). We are also looking for businesses and service providers who want to provide space for us to hold job seeker workshops for formerly incarcerated individuals. Use the contact form on our Get Involved page to submit your interest.

Donate

We rely on the generous support of donors to help fund our programs. Donating to Pacific Reentry Career Services is easy. Click here to go straight to our donation page or click on the Donate button throughout our website. Every dollar helps support programs that get formerly incarcerated people back to work. Remember that Pacific Reentry Career Services has tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Contributions made to Pacific Reentry Career Services are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Thank you for your support! Happy New Year!