Sonoma County EAC serves the community on many levels, from student scholarships, to contributions to local human service organizations, to partnering with the Sonoma County Human Services Division/Job Link One Stop to implement the Workforce Investment Act and respond to employer needs.
Annually, the EAC donates $8000 to sponsor scholarships to students at Santa Rosa Junior College. Students are chosen based on need and academic ability. Those served include both continuing students as well as veterans. Annually, the EAC donates $8000 to sponsor scholarships to students at Santa Rosa Junior College. Students are chosen based on need and academic ability. Those served include both continuing students as well as veterans.
In December of each year, the EAC donates to various local charities. These groups serve youth, disabled people and veterans as well as other individuals in need. A sample of some of the groups the EAC has donated to recently include:
- Catholic Charities
- Becoming Independent
- Ceres Project
- Petaluma Peoples Services Center
- Committee on the Shelterless
- Social Advocates for Youth
- Lime Foundation
At the annual December EAC board luncheon, each board member brings a teddy bear, other stuffed animal or a check. These are used by the Santa Rosa Fire Department to provide comfort to children involved in tragedies.
The EAC sponsored the two Annual Sonoma County Veteran’s Job and Resource Fairs held in 2013 with a total of $1000 in donations. The two fairs held May 1, and September 4 saw over 1300 job seekers attend including 250+ Veterans.
In July of 2013, the EAC donated $3500 to the Workforce Development unit of Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire. This year the money will be used to support the current activities of the Assessment and Training Unit.
In May of 2013 the Sonoma County EAC gave $5500 in scholarships to eleven students at Santa Rosa Junior College. The award included scholarships to Veterans and other continuing students.
In July of 2012, the EAC donated $3500 to the Workforce Development Arm of the Redwood Empire Goodwill. Monies will be used for the purpose of supporting the Assessment and Training Unit of the organization.
In June 2012 the Sonoma County EAC participated in the planning and delivery of the first Sonoma County Veterans’ Job and Resource Fair held June 14, 2012. The EAC donated $500 toward this effort where 400 people attended including 175 veterans
In May of 2012 the Sonoma County EAC gave $6250 in scholarships to four students at Santa Rosa Junior College. The award included scholarships to Veterans and other continuing students in vocational education majors.
Also in 2012, the EAC awarded an additional $250 to veterans to use toward their job search.
In February of 2012 the EAC donated $1500 to Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire to sponsor the breakfast for their Ask Event.
In July of 2011 the EAC donated $1000 to sponsor the Ghoulwill Ball for Goodwill of the Redwood Empire.
In May 2011, the Sonoma County EAC gave $6250 in scholarships to 12 deserving students at Santa Rosa Junior college.
Also in 2011 the EAC has supported several veterans in pursuits related to their job search giving a total of $1295. Activities included training for guard cards as well as the purchase of work related items.
In October 2010 Sonoma County EAC sponsored a table at the Mayors Committee on the Disabled Annual Best Practices Awards Ceremony.
In May 2010 the EAC donated $1000 to the Goodwill Industries of Sonoma County to support their Ghoulwill Ball which backs the community by supporting employment for all.
Also in May 2010 the EAC donated a total of $3400 to Santa Rosa Junior College veteran and non-veteran students.
In March 2000, the EAC established an annual student scholarship program, providing five $500 scholarships to students pursuing education and training at Santa Rosa Junior College. In 2004 & 2005 the scholarships were increased to six at $500 each. EAC scholarships address the needs of the diverse population of working students in Sonoma County, targeting those with economic need and clear occupational goals. In addition, a $10,000 endowment has been created through the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation for a local college student. This original investment has established a perpetual scholarship to be awarded each year.
October 2004 a check was written in the amount of $1282 to the Santa Rosa Junior College for a job reentry scholarship to a local veteran. This person has been working closely with an Employment Development Department Veteran’s case manager to develop an employment plan that has made it possible for him to recertify his California Teaching Credential.
December 2004 the Sonoma County EAC contributed $10,000 to the Sonoma County Job Link Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program to assist in covering the cost of prerequisites for clients that meet WIA eligibility. WIA is a federally funded program, which pays for eligible individuals to attend training; however, some activities are not covered due to program regulations. The EAC funds will provide additional services for local job seeker. This is an effort by the Employer Advisory Council to build a stronger Sonoma County workforce through job training.
March 2005, $1200 was given to the Youth Education & Employment Services Program for the purpose of funding radio advertising for the 3rd Annual Youth Summer Job and Career Fair that was held April 7th. Local radio stations matched the EAC donation. Over 30 local employers were present as well as over 300 youth. The event was a great success with several youth securing employment from employers participating in the career fair.
In September of 2005 a donation of $150 was made to Experience Works to sponsor their participant attendee to the Annual Prime Time Awards Program in Washington D.C. $500 was approved to fund a Katrina Job Fair sponsored by Goodwill Industries and Sonoma County Job Link and $75 was sent to the Katrina Small Business Aid Program to aid small businesses suffering as a result of the effects of the hurricane.
The EAC has also been active in the community through sponsorship of the Mayors’ Committee for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities. In August of 2005 the board donated $250 for the purpose of supporting the Open House and Best Practices Awards presentations which honors local employers and individuals for their contributions to the disabled community.
In February of 2006 Sonoma County EAC donated $5000 to Youth Business Week (YBW). The primary emphasis of YBW is to support youth in making the linkage between education, the workforce, community and the development of leadership skills which will allow young people to see the possibilities that await them as they go through life.
In May 2006 Sonoma County EAC provided scholarships of $750 each to four deserving Santa Rosa Junior College students. The EAC donated $200 to co-sponsor the Black Chamber Mixer which was held on August 10, 2006 at Sonoma County Job Link. In September, $18,000 was donated to Youth Business Week to be used to hire a Student Recruiter. The monies will be used to hire a dedicated recruiter for the program in order to bring more young people in to this valuable learning experience.
In October SCEAC purchased a table for $275 at the Economic Development Board’s monthly breakfast meeting. The event honored the recipients of the Mayors’ Committee on the Disabled Best Practices Awards.
In February of 2007 the Sonoma County Employer Advisory Council (SCEAC) donated $250 to the Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire. The money was used to purchase two gift baskets for their first annual fund raising event.
In March 2007, SCEAC offered their first annual Employment Success Awards. A total of $1750 was awarded to three recipients. These awards honor clients with barriers to employment who have obtained jobs and are ongoing in them. The goal is to assist them in some area of need that will help them to retain and excel at their employment.
In June 2007 Sonoma County EAC donated $5000 to assist Youth Business Week (YBW) as they prepare for their 2007-2008 program. The monies will be used to hire four YBW graduates to act as Student Recruiters for the upcoming year. Additionally, some funds will be used to send the Student Leadership Team members to a Ropes course for teamwork training.
In September of 2007 SCEAC donated $1000 to Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet, the EDD sponsored job fair for returning and other Veterans. The money was used to purchase gift certificates for clothing and gas which were provided for a raffle for the Vets.
In March 2008 Youth Business Week which trains young people in entrepreneurial skills was given an additional $2500 to assist in the recruitment of the program participants. Also in March SCEAC awarded a total of $3000 in goods to our Employment Success Awardees. The Awardees who have overcome significant barriers to employment were able to purchase items such as boots for work and computers and software.
In May of 2008 the EAC offered each of six Santa Rosa Junior College students’ $500 scholarships. Additionally, in September the EAC sponsored the Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet Job Fair with a $200 check.
In March of 2009 the Sonoma County EAC awarded tomorrow’s Leader’s today $1000 to sponsor a scholarship for a deserving student. The program is designed to develop young people into community leaders.
In May of 2009 the Sonoma County EAC gave $4750 in scholarships to nine deserving students at Santa Rosa Junior College. The award included two scholarships to Veterans. $500 was awarded to Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire to support the Ghoulwill Ball to be held in October.
In September of 2009 the EAC awarded $5000 to the Sierra Youth Center Program for incarcerated young women. The money will be spent to support a workforce related activity for the girls. The EAC donated $1000 as the sole sponsor of the Sonoma County WIB’s Annual Youth Career Fair held in September of this year. Over 40 Employers and 400 students attended this annual event.