Santa and his helpers paid an early visit to JobTrain yesterday (12/20) to distribute hundreds of toys and gifts to needy kids whose parents are pursuing vocational training at at the nonprofit organization. In addition to a visit with Santa, kids could get their faces painted, decorate gingerbread cookies, and listen to seasonal stories.
The event was made possible thanks to community partners and JobTrain’s Board of Directors, who transformed one large room into a fully-decorated winter wonderland complete with Christmas trees.
Corporate partner TE Connectivity adopted 90% of JobTrain’s children, and Facebook employees (pictured Lauren Swezey and John Tenanes) were on hand, working as elves. Single Stop USA, Stanford University Athletics, IKEA, Hewlett-Packard and Crescent Alliance Group contributed financial resources and provided in-kind donations as well.
Since 1965, JobTrain has helped more than 160,000 men and women in the Silicon Valley reclaim their lives from welfare, incarceration and unemployment by preparing them for successful careers in high-demand and emerging fields. The organization, formerly known as OICW, works with individual, teaching skills that are the foundation for self-sufficiency and self-esteem through education, computer literacy, and one-on-one counseling. Even in a rough economy, JobTrain places 75% of its graduates in quality jobs.