Work Search Roundtables & NetWork 2 NewWork

Work Search Roundtables

These sessions make them the longest, continuously meeting job clubs in West Michigan–12,000+ people have attended 1100+ sessions since 1998–at two locations on Wednesdays, now occurring virtually via Zoom.  The sessions are open to the public and provide ongoing networking, support, group problem solving, and coaching for individuals during periods of work search and career transition.

Several TV and radio stations as well as The Grand Rapids Press reported on this weekly event during the past decades, including a feature report on WOOD-TV 8 in 2009, as well as a commendation for the work by the White House’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Deputy Director in March 2012 at their West Michigan Job Clubs Initiative Symposium held at Redeemer Covenant Church, Gaines Township,Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Hosted virtually on Zoom WEDNESDAY every week, 9:30-11:30 am by facilitators based at two locations during the Coronavirus pandemic:

» EAST KENT COUNTY / ADA – The St Robert of Newminster Parish Roundtable meets at 6477 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, Michigan in the Parish Adult Lounge. Currently being conducted via web conferencing.

Dates for 2020 are these:
Jan. 15, 29
Feb. 12, 26
Mar. 11, 25 (start of virtual meetings on Zoom)
Mar 25 (Zoom)
Apr. 8-other location, 22 (Zoom)
May 6, 20 (Zoom)
Jun. 3-other location, 17 (Zoom)
Jul. 1, 15, 29 (Zoom)
Aug 12, 26 (Zoom)
Sep. 9, 23 (Zoom)
Oct. 7, 21 (Zoom)
Nov. 4, 18 (Zoom)
Dec. 2, 16, 30 (Zoom)

When meeting in-person, weather cancels the event–following Forest Hills Schools closing (see fhps.net)–the Roundtable is rescheduled to that week’s Friday at the same time.

This Roundtable alternates Wednesdays with the Westminster hosted one (see below).

See their site or call them, http://www.strobertchurch.org/, (616) 676-9111 for more information, OR directly contact their EaRN Roundtable Coordinator, Bill Weitzel, LMSW, (616) 446-1873 (c), weitzelwj (at) aol.com.


» DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson SE (except major holidays on Wednesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks, and when New Year’s is a Wednesday). Currently being conducted via web conferencing.

Dates for 2020 are these:
Jan. 8, 22
Feb 5, 19
Mar 4, 18 (start of virtual events on Zoom)
Apr 1, 15, 29 (Zoom)
May 13, 27 (Zoom)
Jun 10, 24 (Zoom)
Jul 8, 22 (Zoom)
Aug 5, 19 (Zoom)
Sep 2, 16, 30 (Zoom)
Oct 14, 28 (Zoom)
Nov 11, 24 (Tuesday of Thanksgiving Week) (Zoom)
Dec 9 (no meeting 23 Christmas Week) (Zoom)

This Roundtable alternates Wednesdays with the St Robert hosted one (see above). More information by calling (616) 528-0443, or email ksoper@earn-network.org.

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NetWork 2 NewWork

These orchestrated networking events in Grand Rapids, Michigan are volunteer-led and include presentations and seminars. Premised on the idea that we are all self employed, the event offers information and skill-building not only on the basics of networking, but also exploring new careers (including self-employment), using social media, interviewing, and working with recruiters among other topics.

The event format and focus is currently under review; no events currently scheduled. More information can be found at our website, www.nw2nw.org.

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The EaRN ministry continues to expand, “helping people find work and stay employable by discovering their calling”. We look for churches and other non-profits interested in learning how to develop, launch and facilitate EaRN ministry which can include a Work Search Roundtable job club and/or a NetWork 2 NewWork event (www.nw2nw.org) as part of building an EaRN Employment and Resource Network ministry.  More information about EaRN can be found at www.earn-network.org, or contact Ken (616) 5 two 8-zero 443, ksoper (at) earn-network.org.


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