GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- One region of our area has figured out the triple crown of community benefits. It is providing jobs for the unemployed, clean-up along the county's creeks and rivers and peace of mind for land owners in flood-prone areas.
It's all thanks to a federal grant that Gallia County is experiencing a win-win situation.
Dave McCormick is a man on a mission. He's picking up the pieces of his life after a tough period of on-again, off-again employment.
“It's tough not knowing where your next paycheck is coming from. It's feast or famine,” McCormick said.
It was the same story for many others -- no steady job and no hope for providing for their families.
But, then Gallia County received some federal grant money for flood cleanup from last spring's high water.
“Our local job and family services hired about 110 unemployed workers and paid them about $11.25 an hour to do the work,” Gallia County’s Economic Development Assistant Director Jake Bodimer said.
Gallia County is still accepting applications. Workers are provided all of the protective gear and clothing needed to do the job and undergo several training and safety classes, including OSHA and chainsaw safety.
There's also the networking opportunity, and several of the workers have gone on to find other jobs as a result of their training and work in this program. The grant runs out in August.