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Employees milling around and participating at the first Resource Fair.

Resources Fair –- The First of Its Kind for District 7 Employees
by  Maria Raptis
Issue Date: 08/2010

Resourceful tools you can use. It wasn’t about another free pen.

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Everyone who was invited attended; that’s the recipe for a successful event. The mood was upbeat as a saxophonist played while people milled around, ate popcorn and cake during morning breaks and the lunch hour.

Caltrans District 7 staff utilized the resources represented at District 7’s first Resource Fair held on Wednesday, July 21, at the Caltrans Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles.

The Resource Fair featured vendors who offered services and discounts to Caltrans employees for financial and retirement consulting, health, food programs, restaurants and social services.

“By coming together during the tough times as well as the good times, we can demonstrate our ability to care for each other and create a more productive and enjoyable work environment,” said Lindy Lee-Lovell, Chief Deputy Director. “Our local business friends are aware of the long-lasting and devastating effects that another potential salary deduction can cause employees and their families.”

The symposium was hosted by District 7 EEO, Human Resources, Administration Division, and the Wellness Center, whose goal was to give employees access to organizations and companies who can help people during these tough economic times. By bringing these vendors to the District Office during work hours, employees were encouraged to participate and speak with vendors on how their products or services can help people to cope with pay cuts.

“This event came at a time when the spirits of our employees needed a boost as the ongoing pay cuts and furloughs makes it difficult for many employees to take care of themselves and their families,” said Gwiin Correa, manager, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for District 7. “To have the variety and diversity of so many vendors and businesses standing together to assist us was phenomenal!"

The vendors who participated were Final Touch Cakes and More, Chase Bank,
Bank of America, California Bear Credit Union, Financial Recovery USA, Charcoal Grill Restaurant, Montrose Travel, The Treasure Box, the Association of California State Supervisors and the California State Employees Association. 

David Leonard, of The Treasure Box, a food delivery service,  explains their concept and services to a District 7 employee. Chief Deputy Director Lindy Lee-Lovell welcomed everyone to the Resource Fair. EEO staff served up popcorn to event attendees.