EOC plans resource fair, energy assistance event

The Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Economic Opportunity Commission will host a resource fair in conjunction with its annual energy assistance program and as a part of its Economic Opportunity Day.

The Action Forum/Resource Fair is scheduled for Jan. 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The resource fair is an opportunity for agencies to teach the community about their many various services throughout the county and how to access their programs.

The resource fair is open to attendees free. EOC will also host the opening of LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), a program that helps families with their energy cost which drew over 1,000 people last year.

Breakout rooms will be available for agencies and community members to discuss services, partnerships and how to move any action items forward.

The resource fair provides a venue for local organizations, businesses and individuals to showcase their services and products to forum attendees.

Turning the Tide on Poverty kicked off in October 2011 with a challenge from University of Arkansas/Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service to local communities and organizations from within Pine Bluff to develop community circles. The community circles followed a five week development plan to produce action items. A main action item that has surfaced from many of the community circles is to bring resources together in Pine Bluff and to better develop partnerships.

For questions or to request a form to be a part of the resource fair, call EOC’s toll free number at 1-800-277-1313 Ext. 158 or visit the website at pbjceoc.org.

“We are really expecting another large turnout and we are ecstatic that so many people want to be a part of it,” Knight said. “It’s great to see the Action continue to take place.