Company hosts ‘Pay it Forward’ hiring drive

The Express Employment Professionals office in Henrico is hosting a "Pay it Forward" hiring drive, with the goal of putting 100 unemployed people to work this holiday season. Through the drive, the company aims to provide at least 100 job-seekers with a minimum of one week's of pay to help them during the holidays.

Express associates are screened and evaluated before being placed in short- and long-term assignments in a variety of administrative, professional and commercial positions.

“Pay it Forward to us means working with local businesses to help find jobs for unemployed workers in our community, so they can earn a paycheck and help support their families this season,” said Lorraine Alexander. “For each participating company that hires an Express employee for at least 1 week, a donation of $10 will be made in their name to the Central Virginia Food Bank. A single $10 donation will provide about 40 meals to those in need.”

Companies and individuals interested in participating in the Pay it Forward Hiring Drive should call Express Employment Professionals at 261-4170. The company serves Henrico, Hanover, Richmond and the Tri-Cities areas with temporary help and direct-hire employees in a variety of fields, including administrative, accounting, general labor, warehouse and manufacturing.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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