Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Job site helps to employ Marines

Mark and Tori Baird, founders of the website HirePatriots.com, hope residents across the Coachella Valley and High Desert communities will post jobs online for Marines stationed at Twentynine Palms.

They'd like to see at least 100 postings to help Marines and their families at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Many of them have been deployed time and time again, and they and their families often face financial hardship, Mark Baird said.

“It's a free one-day job posting board where residents hire local Marines to come to their homes and help them with chores and repairs,” Baird said.
The Bairds have had success with similar job postings in San Diego, where the website is based, and elsewhere.
Businesses can post jobs and search for resumes, as well.
HirePatriots.com has an ambitious goal: spread its “employment program” throughout the nation.
The Bairds said many jobs get posted by local veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and widows of veterans.
The Bairds first got the idea in 2004, when they bought a home near Camp Pendleton. A Marine recently back from Iraq and recuperating from injuries knocked on their door and said his wife had lost her job, the utilities had been turned off and they'd lost their car.
The Marine asked for work to help pay his bills, and the Bairds decided to solicit the support of the community.
Anyone interested can go to HirePatriots.com; click on Jobs to post. The website also has background information, videos, testimonials, blogs and other features.
Palm Desert's 46th annual Golf Cart Parade will roll out some extra star-power on Oct. 31 when baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench and Carl L. Karcher, son of Carl's Jr. founder Carl N. Karcher, join the fun as the event's honorary guests.
Bench, who played with the Cincinnati Reds, is one of the greatest catchers of all time, as well as a 14-time Major League All Star player and World Series MVP in 1976.

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