Dear Opportunity Junction Supporters,
We are blown away by your generosity and support this past year! Altogether, including the matching funds from Delta Scrap and Salvage, 155 donors contributed over $111,250! We are so thankful to all of you, including the 58 new donors who joined us this year.
Please save the date to join us in celebrating Opportunity Junction’s 21st Birthday, A Coming of Age, at our virtual 2021 Imagine Gala. The Gala will be held virtually on April 24th 2021 from 5-6pm PST. The funds raised from this annual event will allow Opportunity Junction to build stronger communities by helping motivated Contra Costa job seekers gain the skills and confidence to launch careers that lead to financial security.
In 2019, we launched a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program as the first branch of our Healthcare Career Pathways (HCP) initiative. The program, which runs in partnership with Mt. Diablo Adult Education in Concord, has graduated 3 cohorts of successful CNA's! This April, our Antioch office will become home to the expansion of our Healthcare Career Pathways initiative, bringing more healthcare training opportunities to East Contra Costa. We are thrilled to add CNA training to our home office where we have been offering Administrative Careers Training since our launch in 2000.
Our eighteen graduates will celebrate their accomplishment on Friday, January 29th at 2:00 pm via Zoom, where they will share their inspirational stories alongside Opportunity Junction staff.
When Nicole Hall graduated from the Administrative Careers Training program in 2018, she had no idea she would end up back at Opportunity Junction, only this time, as a full time employee!
We are proud and grateful to announce the following new grants and funding partnerships:
Keller Canyon Landfill Mitigation Fund: Opportunity Junction is proud to have been awarded a grant from the County's Keller Canyon Mitigation Fund to support Bay Point and Pittsburg residents participating in our Administrative Career Training. Supervisor Federal Glover leads the board that administers the funding to support a wide range of programs affecting quality of life for residents in the vicinity of the Keller Canyon Landfill, including public safety, youth development, and community beautification.
Thanksgiving is around the corner. This year, our Thanksgivings may be distanced, but the Opportunity Junction family is full of gratitude and here to spread the love.
The holidays can be a stressful and trying time for families who struggle to make ends meet. This year feels especially challenging with the pandemic requiring more social distancing during a time we are used to spending together.
Opportunity Junction's annual Holiday Appeal campaign brings in the critical funds to support our core employment programs. This year, due to the challenges of COVID-19, Contra Costa job seekers need our support more than ever before!
Thanks to Delta Scrap & Salvage, all donations made through December 31st will be matched, up to $30,000! That means your donation will make DOUBLE the impact!
Amid the fluctuations in openings and closings of business due to COVID-19, Opportunity Junction has maintained services to job-seekers looking to launch a career!
Our services look a little different right now with staff working mostly remotely so we can do our part to curb the spread. However, employers are HIRING right now and are looking for candidates!
The OJ staff team working on our Employer Toolkit racial justice initiative presented "Inclusive Hiring During a Pandemic" at the October 22nd Antioch Chamber of Commerce virtual mixer. The slide deck and accompanying toolkit are available on our website.
It's been a year full of changes and reinvention in the workplace. Tenisa Pelesauma, graduate of Opportunity Junction's first ever fully remote Administrative Career Training (ACT) class 62, knows that better than most!
Tenisa's first big change came when her job driving a commercial truck ended in May 2020. The money was great, but Tenisa was terribly unhappy and ready to find a new career. She knew she wanted to get into the administrative field to provide stability for her two young children and to utilize her strength in customer service and her passion for helping people. Opportunity Junction's ACT program had the training she needed with the flexibility of learning remotely.