Private funding supports several new staff positions
In recent years, patron demand has outpaced the Library’s capacity for certain critical and innovative services and resources. To meet this growing need, forward-thinking private donors have funded several new staff positions, accelerating the Boston Public Library’s response to community needs. These staff members are now connecting with more Boston residents and helping them learn new skills, find housing, and apply for jobs.
As the Boston Public Library’s new Career Counselor, Deandra Williams plays an essential role in linking patrons to the resources and services they need to advance their careers. Her position centers on building even stronger relationships with partner organizations that provide workforce training and development opportunities.
“The Library is often the first stop for individuals seeking employment or new skills,” says Deandra. “Now, more than ever, they need library staff to serve as guides, and we’re ready and excited to immediately connect them with trusted community partners.”
Generous donors have also funded the first Library Social Worker. Taylor Morris develops services for patrons exhibiting indicators of homelessness, mental health concerns, and addiction issues.
“The work that patrons and I do together often has direct, tangible impacts on problems they’re facing or a need they’re trying to address,” she says. “My role lets patrons know that someone cares about what they’re going through and is here to help them navigate next steps.”
Another new staff member is Literacy Instructor Cody VanWinkle, who teaches English to a growing population of immigrants eager to unlock their potential.
“My students strengthen new skills in real time every time they come to my class,” he says. “In the long term, I’m thrilled to see them gain more confidence in their communication and improve their opportunities in the community.”
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