Programs Help Businesses and Residents

by Kelly Mills on October 1, 2009

There are two new programs offered by the Muskingum Economic Opportunity Action Group, designed to help businesses and local residents save money.

The Job Placement Program will pay companies up to $8 an hour, 40 hours a week, to hire employees who are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

The program lasts for six-months and the Action Group can fund around 12 positions.

"We’re doing double-duty. We’re helping this person that doesn’t have a job get a job and then we’re helping the company by paying that person to work there. So it’s a job training program and hopefully they can be trained well enough that this company would like to hire them after the six month program is over," says Sandy Baughman, agency program specialist.

The Action Group is also beginning an Energy Cost Reduction Program. The program is open to those who are at or below the 200 percent poverty level who have lived in the same location for a year.

Those who qualify can have an auditor come to their home and provide suggestions for reducing energy costs.

"If a customer qualifies I come to their house. I also replace all their light bulbs with the compact florescent and if your refrigerator and freezer if I determine they’re terrible as far as efficiency goes I can also replace those free of charge," says Matt Page, base load auditor.

If you’d like more information about the Action Group’s Job Placement or Energy Cost Reduction programs you can contact them at (740) 453-5703.