Our November Partner of the Month is…

ONTARIO COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE AGENCY!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc. (FLWIB) announced today that Ontario County Veterans Service Agency is November’s “Community Partner of the Month” recognizing their  efforts in working collaboratively with Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board to address workforce issues impacting the region.

The Veterans Service Agency assists Ontario County’s veterans and their families to identify and apply for benefits, in which they are entitled to from local, state, and federal agencies as a result of their military service. These services can include assistance with filing claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), enrolling in VA healthcare, determining VA home loan eligibility, obtaining education benefits, and burial assistance.

John Mueller, Chair of the FLWIB, presents the award to Jeremy Marshall of the Ontario County Veterans Services Agency.

John Mueller, Chair of the FLWIB, presents the award to Jeremy Marshall of the Ontario County Veterans Services Agency.

The agency’s Director, Jeremy M. Marshall, has played an instrumental role in the FLWIB Veteran’s Services Committee since it began in 2014.  During this time Jeremy has spearheaded efforts to heighten awareness of all the career services available for veterans through Finger Lakes Works.  Additionally, he has work to educate employers regarding the value of hiring veterans.  Jeremy has gone so far as to bring local employers to Fort Drum in an effort to reach out to veterans from outside the area in an effort to assist business in recruiting talent.

“Jeremy’s passion for the veterans he works with is emblematic of the programs and partnerships his agency has developed over the years” says Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board.  “Working together with the Ontario County Veterans Service Agency we can ensure that business in the area have access to some of the best workers in the area.”

Thank you del Lago Resort and Casino!

Executive Director, Karen A. Springmeier, speaks at the press conference.

Executive Director, Karen A. Springmeier, speaks at the press conference.

Jeff Babinski, del Lago Resort & Casino Executive Vice President and General Manager, speaks at the press conference.

Jeff Babinski, del Lago Resort & Casino Executive Vice President and General Manager, speaks at the press conference.

Mike Davis, Chair of the "Finger Lakes Works...with their hands!" Event, Finger Lakes Building Trades President, & Business Manager for IBEW Local 840.

Mike Davis, Chair of the “Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!” Event, Finger Lakes Building Trades President, & Business Manager for IBEW Local 840.

Mr. Wilmot, Mr. Babinski, Ms. Springmeier, and Mr. Davis with the check.

Mr. Wilmot, Mr. Babinski, Ms. Springmeier, and Mr. Davis with the check.

Karen Springmeier poses with the check and three FLWIB Members, (l-r) Mike Davis, Scott Bischoping (WFL BOCES), and Michael Rusinko (Lyons National Bank).

Karen Springmeier poses with the check and three FLWIB Members, (l-r) Mike Davis, Scott Bischoping (WFL BOCES), and Michael Rusinko (Lyons National Bank).

Local Unions have recognized that they must enhance workforce diversity through increased employment of minorities and women, and del Lago Resort & Casino has stepped up to the plate to significantly help. The Tyre resort and casino will announce that it is investing $100,000 to support the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board. The funding is the largest one-time donation the organization has received and will help develop and fill the pipeline of skilled trades and advanced manufacturing workforce targeting young women and minorities.

Thank you to del Lago and the Wilmot’s for believing in what we do and supporting these great initiatives!