Antioch Free Community Day and Back-to-School Jobs and Resources Event Saturday, August 6

Nearly 60 suppliers, including Tesla, other employers, community service organizations

“Entry-level jobs for young people and careers for seniors” – organizer Yvette Williams

By Allen D. Payton

The City of Antioch and the Antioch Police Department, in conjunction with Back on Track Community Services, cordially invites you to participate in a Free Back to School Community Day, tomorrow, Saturday, August 6, 2022, at Contra Loma Park Estates from noon to 5 p.m.

This will be a job and resource fair with booths from employers and community service organizations. Additionally, the event will include live entertainment, carnival rides, food stalls and gas card giveaways donated by participating employers, community resource agencies and non-profit organizations.

According to the event announcement, “The City of Antioch and the Antioch Police Department are committed to investing in our most vulnerable citizens who are homeless and underemployed. This Community Day event makes promoting ongoing efforts to revitalize the Sycamore Corridor, and further aims to uplift citizens and increase civic pride.

Back On Track Community Services, based in Concord, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, full-service organization dedicated to improving the lives of underserved and underemployed women, men, and children. Back on Track uses harm reduction, viable and reliable community resources, and peer mentorship to help community members achieve their financial, housing, and education goals for a fulfilled life.

According to Yvette Williams of Back on Track, she was hired by the city’s acting police chief, Steve Ford, to organize the event. But a flyer promoting the event was posted on the Antioch City Recreation Department’s Facebook page just four days ago, not yet on the police department’s page.

This event will host many employers and social service agencies promoting viable career opportunities and community resource programs in our East County community and surrounding areas. It will take place outdoors and is open to all members of the community and their families.

“We have almost 60 providers who will be there with any type of community service you can think of, including housing, health, on-site COVID testing and home testing, an optometrist offering free eye screenings, free grocery bags, free backpacks,” she shared. “Employers will include Tesla, CalTrans, Tri Delta Transit and San Francisco’s MTA bus service.”

“Entry-level jobs for young people and careers for older people,” Williams added. “It’s for anyone, including those coming back from prison.”

The event will also feature the following community outreach opportunities/activities:

  • Free hot meal for all vendors/community members
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Many free activities for children
  • The first 200 participants will receive free school supplies for the backpack
  • Job Opportunities
  • Free vaccines for COVID-19 / FREE COVID-19 home test kits.
  • Free daily childcare/preschool registration
  • Returning citizens Employment/housing services
  • makeup artist
  • Balloon Twisting – Glitter Tattoos Artist
  • Job opportunities
  • Ongoing Recruitment/Community Resource Board
  • Invited speakers
  • Hourly giveaways for attendees
  • Free pony rides
  • Free Haircuts – Urban Barber College / The League XS
  • Free grocery bags – to the first 100 community members
  • food Bank
  • Voting register
  • Vouchers for eye exam/a pair of glasses
  • Sign up for Snap – EBT Benefits

Source: Councilwoman Torres-Walker

In a post from District 1 Councilwoman Tamisha Torres-Walker on her official Facebook page, she thanked the partners and sponsors of the event. They include the League XS Apprenticeship Academy of Cosmetology and Barbering, the only community partner based in Antioch; Richmond-based Safe Return Project, for which Torres-Walker serves as Executive Director, Mobility LABs Learning and Action Bets, a New York-based Robinhood project whose local affiliate is Richmond-based RCF Connects, Concord-based Monument Impact, Oakland- based at Makin Moves Motorcycle Club (which also sponsored the recent Antioch Juneteenth event and whose founder Ronald Muhammad donated $500 to Mayor Thorpe’s campaign committee to defeat the recall), Balance Staffing in Stockton, Tradeswomen in Oakland, Inc. , Nelson at Sonoma Connects which has offices in Pleasanton, Fairfield and Fremont, and Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) based in San Rafael.

An invitation was sent by Williams with the APD logo and the city’s Sesquicentennial logo to employers and organizations to attend the event. 2022 Antioch Community Day EventBrite – invitation to participate

When asked if the Antioch Chamber of Commerce had been asked to send out an invitation to its members who are hiring and might want to participate, Williams said no. Williams, who said she has been hosting events since 1999, also hosted a city-sponsored Jobs, Health and Wellness Resource Fair held at Somersville Towne Center last October and which included some of the same sponsors as tomorrow’s event.

Torres-Walker was also asked if an invitation was sent to the Antioch Chamber of Commerce to send an eblast to their hiring members who might have wanted to participate. Additionally, since she is believed to have pitched the event, Torres-Walker was asked who was paying, which city department, or whether community partners and employers each paid to rent a booth. Finally, he was asked to provide further details about the event.

In response, Torres-Walker wrote, “The idea for Community Day came from a conversation with the new leader and how he wanted to build positive relationships with the community. I suggested APD work with a few community groups to organize something fun for families with resources.

“I understand this event is funded by ODA, and the leader is in the lead. I was at the first initial meeting, but I was pretty indifferent unless someone asked for my help,” said she continued, “It’s a free event so no one is charged.”

“I think Chief Ford is committed to community policing and wants to use this event to build community relationships,” Torres-Walker added.

Questions were also sent to Ford and the two department captains asking for the costs of the event.

Please check back later for any updates to this report.

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2022 Antioch Community Day EventBrite – invitation to participate

Special thanks – Torres-Walker

Antioch Community Day Flyer

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