Every Wednesday for almost five years, the Parachute Group has been meeting at the Harlem Road Community Center in Amherst to help people in the greater Buffalo area who have lost their jobs (or who are otherwise changing careers) learn the art of networking. In that time, hundreds of people have used the weekly meeting to learn about everything from the art of resume writing to how to use LinkedIn.
Starting Tuesday, Feb. 14, a second Parachute Group will open in the Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St. This group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month and is in direct response to a growing need for networking in the area.
Janis Dunworth and Joanne Beaton, group facilitators, are very excited for this new endeavor.
"Joanne and I have participated in several meetings at the Harlem Road location, but we are both from Niagara County and couldn't find a comparable resource," Dunworth said. "There are other networking meetings but, generally, they are not open to the public at large. We wanted to offer a meeting where everyone is welcome."
The meetings will provide a venue for networking, sharing contacts, ideas for best practices for the job search, and guest presenters on topics of interest to the group. The meeting is unaffiliated with any organization and is free and open to the public.
The Parachute Group meets at 10 a.m. in the Lewiston Public Library's Community Room. No fees or dues are required, and everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information, contact Dunworth at 716-276-1136.