UpLIFT Tyrone brings practical skills to everyone | News
UpLIFT Tyrone is a new initiative in the community to provide hands-on life skills workshops for anyone who wants help with a particular topic or just wants to learn something new. A small group of volunteers work together, coordinating their efforts to first organize three information-gathering sessions throughout the summer; then practical workshops from the end of August, at the start of the school year.
The information gathering sessions will take place at the City Hotel Park, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday evenings, May 24, June 28 and July 26. The sessions are designed to learn about the interests of people in the community in order to tailor particular workshops to local needs. Everyone is welcome to stop for a bite to eat, connect with other community members and vote for their workshop preferences. There will be raffles throughout the evenings, which will be held in a relaxed and open format.
UpLIFT started as an idea at a meeting of Operation Our Town’s Northern Blair Roundtable. With support from OOT and Every Life Matters (ELM), UpLIFT is growing rapidly as more volunteers step in to help plan events and workshops.
One organizer, Julie White, said: “We see many candidates for The daily Herald who clearly haven’t learned how to write a resume and cover letter – who clearly could use a little brushing up on those skills in addition to their interview skills. There are so many programs out there that give free documents. UpLIFT is designed to be completely different. We want to accompany people, provide educational resources in the city in a variety of different fields.
ELM’s Carol Steffen is excited about the upcoming programs because she’s seen many first-hand people looking for resources in a variety of areas. Steffen said: “Rather than just ‘giving’ people fish, we want to ‘teach’ them how to fish. Workshops will be offered in many different practical areas. In addition to providing job search skills, workshops are scheduled to offer advice and information on many different topics, such as basic car maintenance, budgeting, meal planning and nutrition. , grandparents, basic housekeeping, etc.
Sue Griep of OOT added: “These workshops are for everyone. This is not to target a particular group of people, just to provide information to those who are interested. Maybe you are good at nutrition and meal planning and can give some advice to some of the other attendees; but you would really like to learn how to budget better — so that others with expertise in this area can help you as well.
Reverend Ron Baker of the Church of the Good Shepherd and Warriors Mark United Methodist Church recently joined the initiative. Baker feels UpLIFT is a perfect fit for his ministry and mission for the church.
All are welcome to participate in any or all of the information gathering sessions this spring and summer. Stop by the City Hotel Park, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday evenings, May 24, June 28 or July 26.
If you have any questions, contact the ELM at (814) 650-7899.