Yesterday I participated in the third anniversary conference of Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NhN). The event took place at the public library in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
NhN offers support to the unemployed in New Jersey (and beyond). The purpose of the conference was to put the spotlight on the organization and the importance of its many group facilitators who themselves are out of work. They volunteer their time at NhN to help others.
NhN founder John Fugazzie put a slate of speakers together, including myself. My talk was on Leadership lessons from the transition zone. (See link below to my blog for a summary of my talk.)
NhN, like other groups in NJ such as PSGCNJ, fill the gap, for many who are looking for work, with training, networking, and moral support for searches that in many cases seem to go on and on.
While the State of New Jersey is to be commended for housing such groups, the State is also to be reprimanded for not doing enough to support such groups. In my humble opinion, people like John Fugazzie should be recognized and rewarded for the sterling public service he is providing day in and day out to help his fellow residents.
He is out of work himself. Yet he is dogged in his pursuit of answers to the dilemmas so many are facing in this difficult economy.
Though I don't know whether this column ever comes to the attention of our Governor, I hereby nominate John Fugazzie for an outstanding public service award.
Don't just give him a plaque and a handshake, Governor. Give him a job.
Note: Read my blog post here: http://learningvoyager.blogspot.com/2014/01/leadership-lessonsfrom-trans...
Note: Here is a Patch article about the event: http://ridgewood.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/after-3-years-local-un...
Note: Here is the link to NhN: http://www.neighbors-helping-neighbors.com/index.html
Note: Here is the NhN story written by John Fugazzie http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/01/27/3-years-and-counting-how-neighbo...
Posted on Terrence Seamon Tuesday January 28, 2014
Terrence H. Seamon is a consultant who provides leadership and team development services to organizations. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to initiating, and navigating through, organizational change. Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. His free whitepaper on job search and transition, called "Galvanize Into Action," is available by sending him an email request. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and via his website: http://about.me/terrenceseamon