Our purpose is to provide training opportunities for jobseekers and businesses of the Virgin and Moapa Valleys of southern Nevada, as well as the Arizona Strip communities of Beaver Dam, Scenic, and Littlefield. This includes, but is not limited to, assessment, counseling, individual planning, resources, tools and training that lead to meaningful employment and self-sufficiency at a living wage. Mesquite Works is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Established in 2015
In July, 2015, Mesquite Regional Business (MRB), a private nonprofit that contracts with the City of Mesquite to perform economic development services, was targeting business recruitment efforts on warehousing and distribution center businesses and needed to verify that an adequate labor force existed to serve a company that might choose to locate in the Mesquite Technology and Commerce Center. MRB contracted with the Foote Consulting Group to conduct a labor analysis. The research showed a small labor force without a significant skill base from which to draw. A number of recommendations were made, including applying for a federal workforce training grant and creating a workforce council.
A small group of MRB board members and interested residents then incorporated Mesquite Works as a 501c3 charitable organization and created a board of directors so that we could pursue the federal grant funds. While we were unsuccessful in winning the federal grant, we were successful in writing a grant for a VISTA project, and our VISTA Volunteers have been integral to our success.
Now in our second year of full operation, we have recruited additional community volunteers who perform client intake and teach classes. We have a contract with Salvation Army in place to serve selected clients, and we are expanding our capability of offering testing for food and alcohol handling cards for those who choose to work in the hospitality industry.
Developing a pool of work ready individuals is essential to the success of Mesquite Regional Business because access to trained labor is one of the primary criterion when companies make site location decisions. And, Mesquite Regional Business’ success is one of the key elements in the continued growth of Mesquite by bringing in diverse businesses that can employ those trained individuals.
Our goal is to give job seekers life long job search skills so they learn how to identify and successfully apply for living wage positions.
Volunteers Donated Hours
In 2017, 55 community volunteers contributed 1,222 hours of service.
JOB FAIRS ATTENDANCE
104 job seekers were hired by attending job fairs
Job Seekers Helped
75 job seekers found a job after attending one of our classes-resume development, interview skills, or dress for success.