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VEC, Libraries Joining Forces

A new agreement between the local Virginia Employment Commission and the Halifax County-South Boston Regional Library allows VEC staff to be located at local public libraries four days per week, the library system announced Friday.

 

“The local Virginia Employment Commission in South Boston has seen a sharp rise in unemployment over the past several months,” Library Director Rhonda Griffin said in a prepared release. “This is also made evident by the increased number of job seekers at both the Halifax and South Boston libraries. With the rise in unemployment and the increase in job seekers at the library, it only made sense for the VEC and the library to work together to help the community. The result is an extraordinary collaboration that benefits both organizations, as well as the community as a whole.”

At least four days each week, a staff person from the VEC office will be located at each library to assist patrons with job searches, resumes, employment benefits and questions.

An area at each library has been designated for the VEC staff to use to work with patrons needing assistance. The library is providing the space and use of computers, while the VEC is providing the staff and job searching expertise.