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Grand Strand organization puts job seekers on billboards for month-long hiring campaign
October is “Hire Me Month” for SOS Care, an organization that works with people with special needs.
This year, SOS Care has several job seekers ready to enter the workforce.
Cleaning in maintenance, dietary and housekeeping are several areas where Ezra Tribble has been able to build some experience as part of the Hire Me campaign with SOS Care.
“I go into it to do the mop, spraying the tables, that kind of stuff,” said Tribble.
Tribble has spent the past few months interning at C3 coffee bar in Conway.
Prior to that, he interned at Conway Medical Center, where he helped clean in several different departments.
Now, he feels like he’s ready for a job, and so does his SOS Care Employment Coach Kristin Schlichting.
“They really enjoy going to work, and I think that’s the most important thing with our participants is that they really, really benefit by pleasing others,” said Schlichting.
SOS Care dedicates October to raising awareness for its job seekers with its Hire Me campaign. According to a statistic from SOS Care, only a third of people with disabilities in South Carolina worked last year, and 2,900 of those people made less than a dollar an hour.
Tribble has become one of the faces of this year’s Hire Me month. Coastal Outdoor has posted him on several of its billboards.
“I like to do a smiling face,” said Tribble. “The smiling face would be for the hire me.”
Tribble’s best friend Larry Lane graduated from CCU last year and has his own billboard.
Through the CCU program, Lane got experience at Outback and Walk-Ons.
“I sweep the floors, set up the tables and cleaning,” said Lane.
Tribble and Lane are hoping all of that experience, and the billboard ads will help to land them a job during Hire Me month.
“Just because people have a disability does not mean that they are not able and capable,” said SOS Care Marketing Director Stacey Lyon. “They have the skills to be successful, and it’s important for us as a community to incorporate them into our neighborhoods.”
Tribble and Lane have completed the Hire Me training with SOS Care and are ready to enter the workforce.
Billboards line the highway to honor Officer Jacob Hancher
Coastal Outdoor Advertising is using its billboards to send their condolences in the wake of the death of Myrtle Beach Officer Jacob Hancher.
The advertising companies have special billboards running at the following locations:
- Hwy 17 bypass 1.39 miles s/o Harrelson Blvd
- Hwy 17 bypass .5 mile n/o 48th Ave
- Hwy 17 business .73 miles s/o Harrelson Blvd
- Hwy 17 Business .15 miles n/o 79th Ave
- Hwy 17 Bypass .46 miles n/o 21st Ave
- Hwy 17 Bypass at 10th Ave
- 21st Ave N .71 miles w/o Hwy 17 Bypass
- 21st Ave N .71 miles w/o Hwy 17 Bypass
Officer Hancher was killed in a shooting, which happened around 10 p.m. Saturday in Myrtle Beach, according to Amy Prock, the Chief of Police for the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
Shoutouts to Meadow, Do It Outdoors, Coastal
Coastal Outdoor’s Ashley Amoroso says: Coastal Outdoor is taking a different approach to the ubiquitous COVID-19 messaging you’ve already seen. Our initial inspiration was to play with the word “home”. When you are a child, a teenager, or even in your 20’s, it’s never cool to “stay home”. Due to the pandemic, the majority of the population has now been asked or ordered to stay indoors. We decided to flip that restriction into an asset and turn a very uncool thing into something cool… with a little help from the “old school”.
Some thoughts that came to mind… graffiti, D.J. Jazzy Jeff, Jenny “from the block”, bright colors, city scapes, a sort of 90s dayglow aesthetic, and finally a call to action: “Be a Homeboy/Girl.” In other words, by staying home you can save lives, which is a VERY COOL thing to do. As we continued to brainstorm for additional plays on the word “home”, it occurred to us that this pandemic literally changed the meaning of the word “homebody.” Formally a noun, “a person who is perceived as unadventurous”, it has now become a verb; being a homebody is simply the right thing to do.
Finally, all of these stay-at-home messages got us thinking: “Who needs to be protected the most?” Our grandmas and grandpas, great aunts & uncles, all of our beloved elderly, especially those with underlying health conditions. Immediately, the little embroidered pillows that Grandma used to stitch came to mind. They were ever present on Grandma’s reading chair and lovingly adorned the guest bed. So in our final message, we stitched “Home is Where the Smart is.”
These ads are currently posted across our digital network up and down the Grand Strand. It is our hope that we will be able to increase awareness and encourage everyone to help stop the spread of COVID-19. While we look forward to happier and safer days, Coastal Outdoor is proud of and grateful for our medium’s ability to communicate and have an impact during such an unprecedented time.
Coastal Outdoor, Coastal Carolina LIFE Program and Dinosaurs
Insider is always looking for examples of how our industry works with their communities in innovative ways. We noticed an article on the WPDE TV news site featuring a Coastal Carolina student, Nicolas Rosa, and an internship he recently started with Coastal Outdoor. You can read the full article through this link, but we went ahead and contacted Pudge Roberts at Coastal Outdoor for more details.