Even though public transportation shut down during and immediately following Hurricane Sandy, Grant Associates kept the Brooklyn and Queens Workforce1 Career Centers continuously open. Many of staff walked or otherwise spent hours in commutes to provide continuous services and respond to the needs of residents of the disaster-impacted boroughs.
In the aftermath of the hurricane, the Workforce Centers assisting in the hiring of individuals impacted by the storm, as well as restoring some of the most devastated communities. To help provide quick clean-up, Grant Associates, in partnership with NYC Department of Small Business Services, facilitated 10 recruitment and screening events in some of the most affected areas, including Red Hook, Coney Island, Far Rockaway and at the Workforce1 Brooklyn and Queens Career Centers. Almost three thousand candidates were screened to fill cleanup related positions such as community service aides, custodians, community associates and emergency service aides. These candidates were also provided with information on the range of trainings, workshops, and additional supportive services provided at the Brooklyn and Queens Career Centers, and were encouraged to register for these services as well.
The Queens Career Center was also instrumental in the reopening of TJ MAXX, one of the businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, Queens Career Center has been providing recruitment assistance to Best Buy.