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Empowering Our City Committee strives to make improvements in Annapolis

Andrea Blackstone | 2/27/2015, 6 a.m.
Along with a group of action-oriented individuals, Octavia Brown is on a mission to make substantial improvements in Annapolis, Maryland. ...
Empowering Our City Committee (EOCC) was founded by Octavia Brown earlier this year. The new community organization to empower citizens of Annapolis, Maryland. (Left to right) Mike Somerville (administrator); Veronica Grant (administrator); Kendall Barnard (co-chair); Octavia Brown (founder and chair); Kirsten Green (administrator); Jacara Davis (administrator); and Wanda Stansbury (advisor). (Photo: Christian Smooth/Smooth House Productions)

“We’re going to have an employment seminar where individuals are able to learn job readiness skills, interviewing skills, resume building skills—all the skills that are necessary to make it to employment. We’re actually blessed to have a job fair. At least three employers are already on board and looking to hire individuals who come to this event,” Brown said.

Information will be provided about expunging a record along with other seminars, resource information and referrals given by partnering community agencies. On-site job application stations will also be available.

Barnard, who grew up on Clay Street, is already thinking about working toward long-term goals. The owner of Bio Clean aspires to leverage job creation through her own business venture. Bio Clean is a new company that cleans homes through property management companies. Barnard remarked that she “will be that employer that’s all about that second chance.”

“We have tons of ideas that would be refreshing and rewarding to a population that doesn't have those resources otherwise. To be a part of that, I wouldn't change it for the world,” Barnard said.

Visit www.empoweringourcitycommittee.org to obtain more information about EOCC. Limited seats are available for the upcoming March event. Register via https://eventbrite.com/event/15750708794/. You may also call 443-223-2945 for assistance. EOCC members currently utilizes their own funds to operate. To donate to the organization online, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/empoweringourcity. Your support will help implement change in Annapolis.