Virtual event to give second chance to those looking for work

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Jubilee Jobs of Lexington is once again hosting a fundraising event, to help give those looking for employment a second chance. This year, the event will take place virtually.

Honorary Campaign Chairman Derrick Ramsey says Jubilee Jobs has been around for more than a decade and is a non-profit job placement organization that specializes in finding entry-level jobs for the unemployed and underemployed.

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“They’ve been able to help over 2,000 clients get back into the workplace. 57% of those are men, 43% of those are women, 79% are parents and 85% of those are incarcerated,” said Ramsey.

Ramsey said the fundraiser is even more important this year with the pandemic and people who are already without a job, “There’s so much we have to do to prepare a person to get ready for an interview, to prepare them to get ready for a job.”

A former Oakland Raider, he said giving second chances is personal to him. After having visited several prisons and meeting the inmates, Ramsey explained, “I was under the impression it was going to be all these really mean, tough guys, just the worst of the worst. And what I found is this. These are really intelligent men in some cases, and the thing that separated them from a jail cell and corner suite in a large corporation was a lack of support, the lack of a mentor.”

Ramsey calls this a holistic approach that impacts everyone, “The family gets better, the community gets better.”

This year, the fundraiser will take place online on Friday, Nov. 20. Ramsey said they have a goal of $175,000. For more information or to donate, click HERE.

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Erica joins the ABC 36 family as a Co-Anchor of Good Morning Kentucky weekday mornings from 5am-7am with Cody Adams and Good Day Kentucky weekday mornings from 9am to 10am. Erica also anchors News at Midday from 12-12:30pm. She is also a Web and Social Media Content Producer. Erica graduated in three and a half years from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and specialization in Women, Gender and Social Justice. Although she hails from Michigan, Erica has worked as a News Reporter/Sports Anchor for the CBS-affiliate in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to that, she worked for a PBS-affiliate there covering all types of news – even providing live reports for The Weather Channel during her first hurricane. She then moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana and worked as the Weekend Anchor/Reporter at KPLC, the NBC/FOX/CW affiliate. Erica comes to Lexington from the Huntington area where she worked at WSAZ, an NBC/CW affiliate in West Virginia, as a weekday evening anchor covering the tri states of Ohio and Kentucky as well. In addition to her background on TV, Erica has worked in radio, served as the PA announcer for the Class A "Lansing Lugnuts" and hosted Carnival parades in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some of her favorite hobbies include running, reading, hiking, spending time with her husband and taking pictures of their furbabies. Erica is big on community involvement, having served as a board member for Dress for Success, volunteered as a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters, worked on the Mayor's Armed Forces Commission in Lake Charles and hosted countless events. She hopes you can connect with her on Facebook: EricaBivensTV and on Twitter: @ericabivens or Instagram: erica.bivens. You can also email her at ebivens@wtvq.com. Please send all event inquiries via email. Erica is excited to explore Lexington and the outdoors and - of course - meet all of you!