Thursday, August 4, 2011

JAMES DO and SkillSource provide training, jobs, and free tax services



In James Do’s 20 years of experience with Fairfax County Department of Family Services, he has served public assistance clients from widely diverse cultures. As a non-native English speaker himself, Mr. Do has experience working with low income families, limited-English proficiency clients, people with disabilities, and seniors.

As a Business Services Manager for the SkillSource Center, he oversees and manages all employers contacts and outreach to businesses and the community, and has built long-standing relationships with employers, community based organizations, faith based organizations and refugee programs. He is a Certified Workforce Development Professional skilled in community outreach to under-served populations, networking, volunteer recruitment and management, and coalition building.

James Do was the Project Manager for TY 2008 through TY 2010, taking on the role as the liaison to the IRS and other tax agency contacts, managing logistics, and connecting VITA program to additional financial literacy initiatives. Mr. Do ensures the goals of the IRS Grant Program, including expanded out to underserved populations, improved quality of service delivery, enhanced volunteer training, and Partnership Development and Volunteer Recruitment campaigns, will be executed in accordance with grant requirements


· The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

o During Tax Year 2010, 434 volunteers donated approximately 16,580 hours of their time to help low-income families in Northern Virginia receive over $8 million in federal tax refunds. The average VITA recipient received $1,766 in federal tax refunds and $1,830 in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Over $1.7 million was awarded back to those families who qualified for the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and in total, 4,317 families were able to receive free tax preparation help.

· The Virginia On-The-Job-Training Reemployment Project

o The Virginia On-The-Job-Training Reemployment Project, known as the OJT Program, provides motivated job seekers with an opportunity to get paid to train while transitioning into full-time employment. Employers may be reimbursed for the costs associated with training a new employee. As of July 2011, 20 jobs seekers and employers have taken advantage of this free service.

· The Fairfax Mega Job Fair and Entrepreneurship Expo

o Fairfax County hosted the Seventh Annual Mega Job Fair and Entrepreneurship Expo on Saturday, March 26, 2011. 54 Employers from various industry sectors participated – offering approximately 2,500 job seekers a wide range of career opportunities in such areas as information technology, healthcare, sales, business services, and federal, state and local governments. The event focused on connecting job seekers with employers, providing resources for entrepreneurs and building skills through targeted workshops.

· The SkillSource Centers serve as a “one-stop resource” for skills assessment, career training, job placement, personalized counseling, interview and resume preparation, job search assistance, and writing a business plan. Job seekers and entrepreneurs have access to fax machines, computers, the Internet as well as interview coaching and of course, all the job listings and job fairs in the area. Employers are able to post openings free of charge, have resumes of skilled candidates sent directly to them, and use SkillSource facilities for onsite recruitment, researching training services to help current employees, information on employer tax credits, and on-the-job training wage subsidies. In June 2011, 5,270 unique job visited the SkillSource Centers. For a complete list of locations, visit .



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