Temp jobs available to those affected by Matthew in Johnston County

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) – Several dozen temporary jobs are coming to Johnston County to go to people who lost their jobs due to Hurricane Matthew.

Raleigh-based Capital Area Workforce Development Board received more than $1-million in disaster funding for the recovery employment project.

Johnston County Industries will coordinate the hiring for various positions.

“With that amount of funding, we’re going to be able to really touch a lot of folks that were touched by the storm and recovery efforts,” JCI workforce development manager Taylor Kirks said.

“The beautiful part of this is that the individuals that were impacted by the storm in a certain way can give back to the community in the recovery efforts. It’s coming full circle and providing these individuals with a real chance to give back to their community, as the entire communities have rallied around them.”

Kirks said JCI expects to soon hire at least 35 people.

Applicants can contact him by providing information about their skills and experience to Taylor.Kirks@jcindustries.com or call 919-815-3675.

He said pay will be comparable to what the workers make in similar positions with the county or cities.

People will need to meet some qualifications for the particular job, which will range range from administrative assistants to interpreters to maintenance workers dealing with debris clean up.

“If individuals are not qualified for this program, there are NC Works programs that can help them find a job otherwise,” Kirks said.

Johnston County’s emergency management coordinator, Kevin Madsen, said there are many things to be done across the county to return things to normal operations.

Madsen said public works priorities include dealing with debris at the county landfill and repairing several water treatment facilities. He said there will also be a lot of office tasks to address public assistance.

“We’re in full recovery phase. Having the influx of additional personnel to help out with debris management, damage assessments, other programs doing administrative paperwork will be a critical need that we can see filled,” Madsen said.

“Why not incorporate those that have been heavily impacted by this event? Provide them the opportunity to support the programs, but also, potentially career growth and development. Hopefully they can benefit from this program as they transition back to their other careers after this has occurred.”

Eligibility requires the applicant to have lost their job due to Hurricane Matthew, but it could have been a temporary loss.

Rose Horne applied for a temporary job after Hurricane Floyd hit in 1999. She said she was fortunate to connect with Johnston County Emergency Services during her workforce community applications, and got hired for a job expected to last seven or eight days.

“He said we need somebody who could go around for the flood and maybe give us some information on the federal government giving us funding,” Horne said.

“It turned out to be 15 months, and from those 15 months of temporary permanent-selective service, then I became available to apply for a position in the Inspections Office for Johnston County, and I’ve been there now as it is for 15 years.”

She said her personal experience through the last major flood is helping her help flood victims who are coming to the office after the storm to address repairs and rebuilding.

“It’s very rewarding, it’s a good feeling,” she said.

“I can’t say enough how fortunate I was to get into this job position, and I greatly thank God for giving me the opportunity.”

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