Alana Yates, a Contact Ministries resident and employed by Help at Home, became the owner of a 2007 Hyundai Entourage.Jamie Smith, a Contact Ministries resident and Walmart employee, was presented a totally refurbished 2009 Chevy Equinox.From left: Kim Grizzel, JETT Facilitator Mark Balsmeyer, and Jessica Hanger hold a check presented to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrison & Crawford Counties, one of eight check presentations.

River Valley People & Places - January 2018

Jamie Smith, a single mother of two, and Alana Yates, a single mother of three, received vehicles in December through Zara’s Collision Center’s Benevolence Program. The vehicles were unwrapped during a luncheon ceremony of 150 attendees at Zara’s Collision Center, in Springfield, Ill. To be eligible for a vehicle as part of the Benevolence Program, a person must be associated with a not-for-profit agency or church, have a valid driver’s license, a good driving record, and a verified need for a vehicle. Zara’s vendors, employees, friends, family, and insurance agents also actively support the program. Nearly 50 donors contributed to the program.

Jasper Endows Today & Tomorrow (JETT) hosted a “Will Read & Sing for Food” event, Dec. 2, at Jasper Engines & Transmission’s Power Drive facility in Jasper, Ind. JETT presented eight 2017 grants totaling $28,830.00 to local and national non-profit organizations. JETT also raised another $18,000 to go toward the organization’s 2018 grants. JETT is a giving circle for Jasper Engines & Transmission Associates and their families that focuses on pooling resources to have a greater combined impact on its communities. More than 500 volunteer hours were also donated by JETT members this year.

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale (SIU) Career Services will host the Spring 2018 Job and Internship Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Ballrooms. The Job Fair at SIU typically brings in between 600 and 1,000 students seeking internship and full-time opportunities. Registration for the Job and Internship Fair will be processed via Handshake, the university’s new career services management platform. To register, visit For more information, email or call 618-453-2391.

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