OCEANSIDE — Friends of the Oceanside Public Library is sponsoring the second annual Winter Resource Fair at the Civic Center Library Jan. 18.
The resource fair brings together a variety of health, employment, housing and other services for residents in a one-stop shop.
Among the three dozen groups sharing their services will be Oceanside Neighborhood Services, North County Health Services, Project Oz and North County LGBTQ Resource Center.
Services run the gamut from education to tax preparation, legal aid and substance abuse recovery.
“Some offer classes on computers, tax assistance, a variety of things that we see community members expressing a need for,” Monica Chapa Domercq, Oceanside Public Library principal librarian, said.
“There will also be groups there addressing veterans’ issues,” Kristine Moralez, Oceanside Public Library community outreach coordinator, said.
The North County Coastal Career Center provides workshops, resume reviews, one-on-one job counseling, and services specifically for veterans returning to the civilian workforce.
“Veteran speak a unique language,” Steven Segobiano, veterans employment representative, said.
“We can help them translate what they have done in the military to civilian terminology. The employment counselors are veterans themselves,” he added.
The North County Coastal Career Center also has a database of available jobs, and frequently holds job fairs where job seekers can meet face to face with employers and be hired on the spot.
Other service groups in attendance also provide a wide range of services.
“People don’t realize they may be able to use more than one service,” Moralez said. “We want the best quality of life for everybody in Oceanside.”
The first resource fair was held in answer to library patrons’ frequent questions on what services are available and focused on resources for low-income families and individuals.
A crowd of 200 attended.
“We got great feedback,” Moralez said. “A lot of people came. Families, veterans and some homeless individuals were able to find resources.”
This year the resource fair has expanded to include more than 30 resources, which are not income-based.
“As a public library we like to be the place to go to get information,” Moralez said.
“Last year our one goal was to reach neighborhoods that do not have access to information about services, who don’t have computers and Internet access at home.
“This year we’re including more services for all community members that are not income-based or age-based.”
The goal of the resource fair is to connect people with services.
“We’re getting all types of resources to people who need them and making the community aware of the types of resources that are available,” Chapa Domercq said. “To give them a sense of community and a sense that we care.”
Like the first resource fair, opportunity drawings will be held every half hour of the event this year. Children’s activities will also be held. The community resource fair will be in the community rooms from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.