Task Force Continues Efforts in DEAI and Community Outreach
August 30, 2022
In 2022, the Pierce County Community Engagement Task Force is continuing efforts to support community engagement, diversity, equity, access, and inclusion within organizations and the distribution of resources to communities in need.
Through partnership with Goodwill and other community organizations, our Collaboration for a Cause events will continue throughout 2022. On April 2, Collaboration for a Cause: Puyallup Edition served 91 households and over 200 attendees at the South Hill Mall. Over 40 vendors and service providers came to the event, offering services in employment, education, healthcare, and more.
At Collaboration for a Cause: Fife Edition on June 24, the Task Force, in partnership with Project Homeless Connect, served 210 people and received 432 referrals for education, training, housing, employment, and more. We would like to thank the many volunteers and organizations that came to help move people out of poverty and into stability and self-sufficiency.
In May, the Task Force presented at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Conference. The presentation titled “Building a Diverse Workforce through a Lens of Equity” focused on how promoting DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion) in workforce development can serve the community, increase access, and foster growth. We are continuing our DEAI efforts with the Lens of Equity Summit, a full-day event in 2023 that will provide tangible tools and information to organizations so they can move forward and build healthy DEAI frameworks.
In July, the Task Force held its first in-person meeting since the pandemic started. Focusing on Social Wellness Month, we shared updates from our committees, information on upcoming initiatives, and held breakout discussions around three pillars of wellness: social, financial, and physical. We look forward to future in-person gatherings in addition to our virtual meetings. Our meetings will begin again in September after our blackout month of August, where Task Force meetings have been postponed to provide a time and space for reflection and self-care.
Our successes would not have been possible without the help from our community. Thank you for being a part of our monthly activities and helping us grow and continue to bring economic mobility to individuals and families in Pierce County. We look forward to continuing our work in the second half of 2022 to make Pierce County a better place.