Letters from Jan. 19, 2008

Job fair

Event will help those in need of employment.

When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools,” maybe he wasn’t simply talking about blacks and whites coexisting amicably. Maybe he was talking about blacks, whites, those in poverty and those with money finding a way to live together in communities that support each person in them.

That’s why this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the nonprofit Washington Reading Corps from Naval Avenue Early Learning Center and Armin Jahr Elementary School has put together a career resource and job recruitment Event. The event will have more than 15 employers, job-training organizations and education representatives. It will take place on Monday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1201 Park Ave. at the Kitsap Community Resources Head-Start Building.

With 19.4 percent of Bremerton’s citizens living below the poverty line, compared to the 10.6 percent Washington average, according to Census data, this event will help everyone who comes find the jobs they need to succeed.

Employers will have applications for potential employees to fill out. Education representatives will sign people up for classes, help with financial aid, and have information about other valuable training opportunities. Job-placement organizations will find jobs for people that fit their skills.

King wanted all of us to do our part in making the communities in which we lived be the best they can be. By spreading the word about this event, we can all do what we can to help this city take one more step toward being a community that makes us all proud.

Riley Bauling