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Posted on: July 23, 2014

Never leave a child in a car

Hot temperatures, children & cars - deadly combination

"Never leave a child in a car.” Summer is here. The temperatures are rising across the Wilson area and DSS reminds everyone that children left in cars are a dangerous combination.

“It is painful to hear of children that are left in cars each year,” s...Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2014

Job fair is a success

DSS and community partners bring employers and job seekers together

Wilson, NC –May 29, 2014 –The 14th Annual Greater Wilson Area Job Fair brought qualified applicants and employers together to provide a pathway to employment. The “Ticket to Work” job fair was an event that focused on prequalified applicants. Applicants had to have a ticket to get into the job fair and had to have a minimum of three of the following qualifications: High School Diploma or a GED, Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), Certification through an Employment Readiness Program, a positive attitude, long term job experience, and a college diploma or certification.

This year's event was held May 14 at the Wilson County Agriculture Center. Approximately 300 people were seeking employment and 25 employers were hiring for positions.

“The goal of this year’s job fair was to provide a quality experience for the job seeker and employers by pre-screening job seekers," said Howard Handorf, Human Services Coordinator. "I'm proud of this year's Job Fair Committee. They put much time and effort into developing this one of a kind job fair."

Tickets to the event were available at several community locations:
Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments Area Agency on AgingHope Station
Barton CollegeNCWORKS
NC Vocational RehabilitationDiversified Opportunities
Wilson Community CollegeOIC
Wilson County SchoolsWilson County Department of Social Services
NC Veterans Residential Services

Employers were pleased with the opportunity to have qualified applicants that were ready to work. Mary Alston with Service Xpress expressed that the event was a “good job fair and good turnout.”

“There were many job seekers that had not heard of West Corporation," said Alonza Fergeson of West Corporation. "We are looking for 150 associates by the end of July and we had good quality candidates.”

For individuals that did not have a ticket to the event, resources were made available. The Department of Labor's NC Joblink Mobile Unit was present with computers and internet access for job seekers to register on NCWORKS, complete job applications and print and copy resumes. Community resource booths were also available to assist job seekers.

The Wilson County Department of Social Services worked with community partners to provide this opportunity to connect Wilson's excellent work force with quality employers.

CONTACT INFORMATION:Ron Hunt, MSW
Communications Manager252.206.4164
wilsoncountydssRead on...

Posted on: May 23, 2014

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Posted on: May 10, 2014

Senior Awareness Day | A great day!

DSS celebrates a special day with older Americans.

Wilson County DSS along with our community partners celebrated Older American's Month with Senior Awareness Day on May 9 at Farmington Heights Church. Approximately 1,000 seniors attended and it was a great success. Seniors were able to access information and to learn how to live happy and healthy lives. We look forward to next year's Senior Awareness Day and to enhancing the lives of our older adultsRead on...

Posted on: April 15, 2014

VITA Tax Services - Another successful year

DSS helped Wilson County's families save more of their money

Wilson County’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) helped Wilson County's families again in 2014. April 10th finished the eleventh year that volunteers provided free tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income families in our community. Our DSS staff & volunteers assisted with basic tax returns for family income levels under $51,000* a year.

This year VITA offered individuals the option of filing their own taxes online at www.myfreetaxes.com/wilson
(you will have to type this in as an internet search will not find this site).

You can file your state and federal returns on this site. There is a fee if your income is over $56,000. This site is not owned and operated by Wilson County DSS. “Services will take place at the Career Plus office, 114 Pine St., NE, Wilson, NC.

In the weeks ahead we look forward to reporting our results of helping families to save more of their own money.

Income based on 2012 IRS income guidelines subject to change

Call 252.293.4305Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2014

Local partnership spreads Christmas cheer

DSS & Smithfield-Farmland partner for children

January 9, 2014 - Wilson, NC -The Smithfield-Farmland company and the Wilson County Department of Social Services' Faith Connections program recently teamed up to give Christmas cheer to many needy children and families. Through the company's sponsorship, DSS was able to assist families with over 135 toys that were given by the Smithfield-Farmland employees. Toys were given to families that were referred by DSS social workers.

"This sponsorship was a blessing to so many families," said Becky Stottlemyre, DSS Faith Connections Coordinator. "It brought a lot of smiles."

"This is a great example of a partnership directly benefiting those in need and a great Wilson employer giving back to our community," said Glenn Osborne, DSS Director.

Smithfield-Farmland plans to continue to work with the DSS' Faith Connections program for some ongoing community projects in 2014.Read on...