Even During the Pandemic, Local Nonprofits are Still Serving Those in Need
Last week, Rockville Chamber of Commerce held a Mix and Mingle at Visarts in Rockville with various business and community leaders from the area. At this event, we had an opportunity to speak to Linda Hoyt, a member of the SEEC Employer Outreach Team. SEEC (Seeking Employment, Equality, and Community) an “Employment First” agency provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as providing a wide array of services that aim to help them live productive and fulfilling lives in the DC and Montgomery County community.
As an Employer Outreach Consultant, Linda helps her clients find suitable jobs based on their interests and needs. During the pandemic, Linda has been working with her clients – both in person and remotely – to build and enrich their skills, so they are more equipped to handle the modern workplace. SEEC has been focusing on teaching skills for working remotely, such as virtual mock interviews and Zoom etiquette. For clients that have been furloughed, Linda helps them craft their resumes and learn most marketable skills to get them back into the workforce.
SEEC utilizes their network of volunteers and employees to provide the people they support with the services they need. They are always looking for volunteers to serve as guest speakers, mentors, companions, and to assist the agency in a variety of ways. Linda remarked that during the pandemic, “many people are willing to share their time and services with us knowing that this is a challenging time for everybody.” Having said that, volunteers are still in high demand to craft masks or assemble donation bags with sanitizing and hygiene equipment.
Linda is also active in the Rockville Chamber’s non-profit Mastermind group. They share openly their challenges and brainstorm ways to overcome everything from work from home challenges with other area groups committed to the needs of underserved communities.
On Thursday, April 30, 2020, Fox 5 DC News featured a story about the work SEEC is doing to ensure that every DSP in the state of Maryland has a mask. Reporter Gwen Talbort first interviewed parent Rochelle Bobroff about why the work the Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) do every day is so important. They then interviewed Karen Lee about how SEEC has distributed over 2000 masks to local DSPs in Maryland. DSP Dominic Okoji was also featured and he spoke about how having the proper protective gear was so helpful to him to do his job safely.
The story aired four times over the course of the evening. Click here to watch!
Published by Timothy Fahey; written by Eric Schwartz a freelance writer and public relations and political science major. Timothy Fahey is branding and design professional, designer, professor, blogger, videographer and owner of Dirigo Agency Inc., a company focused on helping business owners use branding, design, and content to market their business. He has worked in the agency business since 1986 and served both local and global brands. His passion is to collaborate with others to create content more strategically so they get the recognition and results they desire through content marketing efforts.