June 2016 Newsletter

Letter from the Editoramericorps-logo


This month, I received my certificate in Mental Health First Aid USA. Now I know how to administer first aid for both physical and mental ailments. Not only did I receive the certification, but so did everyone else working at the Clayton NCWorks Career Center earned the Mental Health First Aid Certification. It was a full day of training, but we covered providing initial help to people experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and substance use disorders. Normally, my greatest fear of such a situation occurring would be forgetting what procedures I should follow, but the facilitators also gave us a textbook to use as a future reference. Everyone was also given a container of playdoh on their desk. The entire time I thought there would be an activity that involved playdoh, but it turned out it was just there to play with.


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“What is passion? It is surely the becoming of a person. Are we not, for most of our lives, marking time? Most of our being is at rest, unlived. In passion, the body and the spirit seek expression outside of self. Passion is all that is other from self . . . The more extreme and the more expressed that passion is, the more unbearable does life seem without it. It reminds us that if passion dies or is denied, we are partly dead and that soon, come what may, we will be wholly so.”  John Boorman, English film-maker. 

As the AmeriCorps Program Manager, I have the privilege to observe our team members learn more about themselves, I see their passions ignited.  The way we all experience life is important.  Helping others can bring out a true passion.  It can give you a sense of fulfillment and courage to do it again and again.  Our AmeriCorps team members continue to help others day after day, month after month, during their year of service. They are truly alive. Their service feeds my passion to be of service and be truly alive.

Beth’s Bios

Adjective Name: Sweet Santisha2

Hometown: Zebulon, N.C.

Placement Site: Tillery

What led you to doing a year of service with Access Workforce Development?

I was looking for a different opportunity, besides Fast food and Food Lion.

Do you have a favorite memory so far?

My favorite memory so far is the trip to Greensboro to the Civil Rights Museum 

If you had $1,000,000 and had to do it to one charity, which would you choose and why?

Childcare Worldwide, I believe that children from a third-world deserve the same equal chance as another child.

Who or what motivates you when you’re having a rough day or going through hard times?

Music, walking, and reading.

If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) who would you choose and why?

I chose Tyler Perry, because he is funny. By knowing his story I will love to know how he overcame his struggles.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be and why?

Fish, they are so peaceful, to me. I would love to stay in water all-day.


Adjective Name: Terrific TiffanyTM Profile

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Placement Site: Wake County Northern Regional Center

What led you to doing a year of service with Access Workforce Development?

I enjoy helping others and I thought helping people become self-sufficient through gaining employment would be the best way to utilize my knowledge and skills to do so.

Do you have a favorite memory so far?

My favorite memory thus far is going to the Contemporary Art Museum to view Phil America’s “Failure of the American Dream” exhibit.

If you had $1,000,000 and had to donate it to one charity, which would you choose and why?

 I would donate to the American Cancer Society. My family as well as millions of others has been affected by cancer. Finding a cure for cancer would save a lot of people from pain of the physical and emotional nature.

Who or what motivates you when you’re having a rough day or going through hard times?

My belief that there is a reason for the things that I am going through keeps me motivated to push through the rough days.

If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) who would you choose and why?

I would have dinner with my grandmother, to receive life advice from a wise person who has overcome a lot of obstacles.

If you were an animal, which animal would you be and why?

If I were an animal I would be a Tiger because they are beautiful and represent power.

Bridgette’s Board

Clint’s Corner: Job Satisfaction10309340_340518589483945_2529511194063989212_n

When a person normally comes to an NCWorks Career Center, or if they are a job seeker in general, most people would believe that person is jobless. Frequently, I come across job seekers who are already working, but what they really want is a better job. I would say about 30% of the people who come in here are working a job, but what he or she wants is a career that offers them the chance to develop in a field.

I-love-my-job.jpgWhat causes a person to not like his or her current job? Perhaps the pay is insultingly low. It could be the work performed makes a person miserable. Maybe a person doesn’t like the assigned shift or how inflexible the schedule is. The distance between the worker’s home and the job location makes for a longer than desired commute. It could be a job that a person doesn’t want to do, but has to do; and it is making the fact that working that job is the person’s only option is a great source of stress.

So when has a person reached satisfaction at his or her job? Satisfaction is defined as
fulfillment of one’s wishes or expectations. Is that too much to ask for? I’ve seen some people enjoy jobs that not many people would enjoy and I’ve seen people who just don’t enjoy working any job. Some people find pleasure in the having different responsibilities and deadlines whiles another’s ideal job would be defined as find as little work as possible to do. With so many different attitudes out there it’s difficult to come up with a concrete definition of job satisfaction.Job-Satisfaction-Banner.jpg

It’s easier to find a job when you have a job, but life is easier in general when you have any job. It’s a trend. When people are unemployed, they will usually take any job they can get. Once employment is obtained, that’s when people take their next step. If they like the job they have and they are satisfied then they stick with what they got. If they don’t like the job they have they can begin their search for a new job while hopefully hanging on to the job they currently have. Unfortunately, I have seen quite a few people resign from their job before a new employment opportunity was guaranteed.

Before any action is taken, I believe the best thing to do is evaluate your situation by reflecting on different aspects of a new career. A better job should offer more benefits than the current position. This would include a better rate of pay, benefits, interesting content and appreciation for the work done. Ideally, it would have better job security and offer career development. The work should be something that wouldn’t completely burn a person out after some time or cause stress to the point where it effects someone’s health. The industry would have a bright outlook. It makes the job life easier if the employees and the business share the same goals and values. Is there a good separation from work and life? Think these topics over when thinking about making that next step in your career.

Bridgette’s Bakery: Shrimp Burgers with Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Tartar Saucetarter-sauce-sl-1892021-x

  • 1 1/4 pounds unpeeled, medium-size raw shrimp (31/40 count)
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/4 cups crushed cornbread crackers (about 1 sleeve or 24 crackers)
  • 4 Kaiser rolls with poppy seeds, split
  • Spice Tar
    tar Sauce
  • 4 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • Garnish: grilled lemon halves


  1. Peel shrimp; devein, if desired. Cut each shrimp into thirds.
  2. Line a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil. Coat with cooking spray.
  3. Stir together egg and next 4 ingredients until blended; stir in celery, green onion, and parsley. Fold in shrimp and cracker crumbs (mixture will be very thick). Shape into 4 (4-inch-wide, 1-inch-thick) patties. Place patties on prepared pan. Cover and chill 1 to 24 hours. Transfer to freezer, and freeze 30 minutes.
  4. Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Grill burgers, covered with grill lid, 4 to 5 minutes or until burgers lift easily from cooking grate using a large spatula. Turn burgers, and grill 4 to 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and burgers are cooked through and lightly crisp.
  5. Grill buns, cut sides down, 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Serve burgers on buns with Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Tartar Sauce and lettuce. Garnish, if desired.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Keebler Town House Bistro Corn Bread Crackers.

Success Stories

As an AmeriCorps member, I do initial assessments enrolling job seekers in Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). I was told to do an assessment on Thursday June 23rd for a customer Mr. Black.  In speaking with Black, I learned he had a substantial background in warehousing, with prior experience as a supervisor. He had no barriers to employment, although I had noticed he was previously enrolled in WIOA. I asked Black what he was hoping to get a scholarship for and he said he just wanted some additional certifications to make him more competitive in the job market. He wanted to
take advantage of the time he was out of full-time work.

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NCWorks staff with Mr. Black in the center


I deemed Black as being job ready and called the Talent Employment Solutions (TES) reception where I was told Courtland, a member of TES, will take all the assessment paperwork and give him a call. Courtland looked over Black’s resume and gave him a call the same day. The next day the job order had been removed from the system

Black attended the TE Connectivity Hiring Event held on June 27th. He said it went really well. We’ll know within the week if he got the job, his supervisor wants the position filled for Tuesday July 5th. This was a great example of how different teams within the Center works together to help a job seeker through the process.


There are a few people that come into our office consistently every day to use our computers to look for work. Often their diligence is rewarded. One of our customers was offered one of the jobs he was really hoping to get. He must have been coming in for 3 months straight. He came in enough to be on a friendly basis with the staff. He was looking for a position in the Social Services field, but he didn’t say, “No” to other jobs either. He tried the cable installer job, but that caused him to be away from his children too much. Other jobs couldn’t pay him enough to support his family. I was extremely pleased for him to come in a couple of weeks ago and let me know he won’t be in as much because he got the job he wanted which would be able to support his family and have plenty of time to spend with his children. A three faced victory is rare in the job market these days. It makes me happy to see anyone get a job, but when it’s a friend that gets the job he wanted that makes it extra awesome!


Raleigh Rendezvous – Team ServiceProfile Photo

By Beth

One of the requirements of the AmeriCorps Access Workforce Development program, is the participation in “Team Service Projects.” These are volunteer opportunities with a multitude of organizations along with at least two other AmeriCorps members. Some examples include helping with soup kitchens, sorting clothes at a thrift store, working with children, etc. In June, I participated in two of these opportunities.

The first team service I participated in was with Oak City Outreach. Earlier in the year, the
AmeriCorps team spent a Friday afternoon doing a Group Service Project with the Oak City Outreach Center. This place is right at the hub of the city, in Moore Square. Every Saturday and Sunday this facility opens its doors and various organizations and churches serve food to people facing homelessness. The entire AmeriCorps group spent Friday, April 1st power washing all the tables and chairs within the facility. Because this location gets used every week to serve food, many of the tables and chairs were dirty with food residue. We all worked very hard to wash, dry and straighten up the dining area. We left knowing that the people would be appreciative of our work when they can eat their meal in a clean, sanitized environment.

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On Saturday the 4th, Patricia, Bonita, Tasha, Sylvia and myself joined with Macedonia United Methodist Church to serve lunch. Through the heat and many gallons of sweet tea, we fed over 130 individuals. They enjoyed a pasta, salad, bread and way too many brownies. This experience was very eye-opening. I saw some of the customers that come into the center and it made me second guess my initial perception of homelessness. For me, this experience made it “real.” These are real people, facing real problems, who at the end of our lunch, were truly grateful for the meal we provided.11390166_433666050169198_6651545415583926105_n

My second team service of the month was with one of our long existing partners, the Arc of the Triangle. Geri, Hannah, Justin and I volunteered at the Arc of the Triangle Talent Show. Members of the Arc were invited to demonstrate their talents, which ranged from singing to dancing to stand-up comedy. Geri handed out programs, Hannah assisted with the after-show snacks and Justin and I set up the chairs for the show. This was a highly enjoyable way to spend an evening, for there were many laughs shared amongst friends.

Team services are such an integral part of this AmeriCorps program. It gives our members a chance to get out the “norm” of serving job seekers in our centers. It also allows us to build the AmeriCorps network within our own community, while learning about new resources to share with clients. Along with all of the professional benefits, it also allows us to build relationships with other AmeriCorps members that we don’t see on a regular basis.

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One comment on “June 2016 Newsletter

  1. Evelyn Cotten says:

    I appreciate all that Clint does to help me at NC Works

    Liked by 1 person

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