Swords to Plowshares, a leading veteran service organization in San Francisco, has entered into a community partnership with the City of Oakley to address the needs of veterans living in Contra Costa County.
Chris Adame, Swords to Plowshares Workforce Community Liaison, said “the first step is a needs assessment survey. The Military and Veterans Employment Survey (MAVES) will assist us in obtaining a depiction of the local military and veteran employment condition, identify veteran population needs, improve resource utilization, and to develop new avenues to counter military and veteran unemployment and under employment. Assessing the needs of Oakley veterans will help us determine how to best assist in filling veteran resource gaps.”
“We’re already active in many of the local counties, so now we’re looking at Contra Costa County, and Oakley in particular,” said Erica Trejo, Swords to Plowshares Director of Employment & Training. “We hope to learn more about the needs of Oakley veterans with the long-term goal of addressing veteran service gaps, in particular helping them obtain jobs and training.”
“I encourage Oakley Veterans to complete the survey, as it’s the first step in identifying the needs and service gaps that exist. Thereafter, through this partnership it is our full intent to support Veterans’ transition back in to civilian life with the resources that will uplift them and make them successful members of our community,” stated Mayor Kevin Romick. “We look forward to building a partnership with Swords to Plowshares in order to address the numerous challenges facing our veterans,” he added.
Key supporters of the partnership include Oakley Mayor Kevin Romick, as well as the local group Veterans of Oakley.
Interested veterans can take the Military and Veterans Employment Survey here.