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Sound Works: 25 years of helping people find jobs
POULSBO — Sound Works Job Center, a Poulsbo-based nonprofit agency, is celebrating 25 years of helping low-income and other unemployed individuals prepare for and find employment.
Sound Works provides free employment counseling, resume and job application writing, interview training, and job placement support services. Sound Works also helps clients write their civil service resumes for employment at the local Navy bases.
Residents from anywhere in Kitsap County can use its no-cost services, including free access to the Internet for job-related research.
“We see and assist people from all walks of life, across all ages and income levels,” executive director Bob Middlebrook said. “In the age of technology and economic tough times for so many, the job search process can seem more and more complex and sometimes impersonal. We help people learn the most efficient ways to conduct their searches, instruct them in online and other resources available, and help them improve their communications skills to find a good match, whether the job is short- or long-term.”
Sound Works moved to 780 Iverson St., Poulsbo, in 1995 and since that time has averaged more than 2,000 client visits a year. According to Middlebrook, clients who have found employment through Sound Works have returned approximately $1 million per year back to the local economy. “The work we do is so essential not only for individuals and their families, but in supporting the vitality of the region,” Middlebrook said. “If people can’t find work in this area, they leave. We also want Kitsap businesses to thrive and to find good local talent.”
Middlebrook said Sound Works is “very grateful” to local agencies and foundations that have supported its work over the years, including the City of Poulsbo, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, Kitsap Community Foundation, and Bainbridge Community Foundation.
Individuals can make donations to help Sound Works and can list job openings by calling 779-1160, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.