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 siu.joinhandshake.com. For more information, email careerservices@siu.edu or call 618-453-2391.

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