On Friday, October 4, AAFE affiliate One Flushing held its annual job fair at historic St. George’s Church in downtown Flushing. This year’s theme was “Green Jobs” with One Flushing hoping to provide economic opportunities that sustain families, communities, and the environment. Recruiters and presenters included national chains like Macy’s and Home Depot as well as local businesses such as Astoria Federal Savings and Mega Power Savings. Over 400 community members registered for this event.
One Flushing Director John Choe explained the need for the job fair by saying, “There are a lot of people who continue to suffer from not being able to utilize their full potential. We have so many diverse people in Flushing, people of many different languages, people who are bilingual, people who have many different skills. Yet, they’re out of work.”
In addition, One Flushing recently completed its mural project at the dilapidated Long Island Rail Road station in Flushing. With the assistance of residents, local businesses, volunteers, and muralist Lady Pink, One Flushing transformed the former public eyesore into a colorful art piece representing all of the diversity that the community has to offer. In creating the mural, One Flushing hopes that the Metropolitan Transit Authority will consider modernizing the station.
Maple Wu, One Flushing’s AmeriCorps VISTA member, said about the mural, “As a longtime resident of Flushing, I think this is a great addition to our community. This is one of the most diverse communities in the entire United States, home to Chinese, Koreans, Hispanics, South Asians, Greeks, Italians, and other cultures. I think we did a good job illustrating that, and I hope that the mural will welcome visitors to Flushing for many years to come.”