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Building Collaboration, Community, and Hope

Through collaboration and engagement, we continue our efforts to support diversity, equity, access, and inclusion within organizations and the distribution of resources to communities in need. We look forward to continuing our work through the rest of 2022 and into 2023.

At our latest Collaboration for a Cause event on June 24 in Fife, the Task Force, in partnership with Project Homeless Connect, served 210 people and received 432 referrals for education, training, housing, employment, and more. We would like to thank the many volunteers and organizations that came to help move people out of poverty and into stability and self-sufficiency.

Task Force volunteers at Collaboration for a Cause: Fife Edition on June 24.

Our first Collaboration for a Cause event of 2022, held on April 2 in Puyallup, served 91 households and over 200 attendees at the South Hill Mall. Over 40 vendors and service providers came to the event, offering services in employment, education, healthcare, and more. With our partnerships with Goodwill and other community organizations, these events will continue throughout the rest of the year.

We also continue in our Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) efforts. In May, the Task Force presented at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference. Titled Building a Diverse Workforce through a Lens of Equity, the presentation focused on how promoting DEAI in workforce development can serve the community, increase access, and foster growth. We are also planning the Lens of Equity Summit, a full-day event in 2023 that will provide tangible tools and information to organizations so they can move forward and build healthy DEAI frameworks.

In July, we held our first in-person meeting since the pandemic started. Focusing on Social Wellness Month, we shared updates from our committees, information on upcoming initiatives, and held breakout discussions around three pillars of wellness: social, financial, and physical. We are looking forward to future in-person gatherings in addition to our virtual meetings. Our meetings will begin again in September after our blackout month of August, where Task Force meetings have been postponed to provide a time and space for reflection and self-care.

Our successes would not have been possible without the help from our community. Thank you for being a part of our monthly activities and helping us grow and continue to bring economic mobility to individuals and families in Pierce County. We look forward to continuing our work in the second half of 2022 to make Pierce County a better place.

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