Our Groups and Initiatives

The following is a brief description of our current initiatives and groups. Feel free to contact any of our volunteers for more information. If you would like to volunteer your time and talents as you see fit to any of our groups, please contact Jan Chaffee at jchaffee@jccommercialbrokers.com.

General Meetings

Every first Thursday of each month at 9:00 am, all REbounders and Volunteers gather to offer support, potential job leads, inspirational fellowship, and information on all available services. During the general meeting, a guest speaker will encourage and provide hope in the job search.

Note: Currently meetings are held via Zoom video conference. Check calendar for details.

REBuilders

This group provides a confidential, safe and casual atmosphere where the goal is to help REbounders deal with stress, discouragement, relationship issues, self-esteem and/or fear. REbuilders meet at Noon on the first Thursday of the month following the General Meeting & Training. Lunch is provided at no cost to REbounders. Contact Jan Chaffee at jchaffee@jccommercialbrokers.com
for more information.

Note: Currently lunch is on hold until we can all meet in person again.

First Needs / First Hour

The purpose of this initiative is to identify new REbounders as quickly as possible after losing their jobs. Volunteers assist through the early stages by offering to help connect REbounders with all the resources available through REL and our partners. If you or someone you know has recently been laid off, contact Jan Chaffee at jchaffee@jccommercialbrokers.com.

Small Groups

The purpose of the small group meetings is to share information with fellow REbounders in a smaller, more informal gathering. The small group setting allows the participants to openly offer ideas, potential leads, discuss their personal progress, network with others and share stories from the trenches – what works, what doesn’t work and ultimately what they need to succeed in landing that perfect position. We have a regular small group meeting that meets every Tuesday; please visit our website calendar for details on all small group meetings.

Note: Currently meetings are held via Zoom video conference. Check calendar for details.

Employment Resources

We actively seek job opportunities from a variety of sources throughout the Tampa Bay area. Leads are then regularly posted to the Job Board on our website. Contact
Lisa Hyde Ferich at LHyde@osceolapartners.com.

Mentor/Mentee Program

A one-on-one relationship is created between a REbounder and a suitable Mentor. A Mentor is the REL volunteer who is familiar with the resources available within the organization and will simply “be there” to discuss and relate to a REbounder’s needs. For more information, contact Gregory Morgan at gregorylmorgan@gmail.com. This is a great way to get to know others who have been where you are now.

Special Events

Throughout the year we host various special events for our REbounders. Stay connected with REL to learn what exciting events are on tap for this year. Contact Mary Anne Boyd at maboyd25745@gmail.com.

Training & Education

 We offer free training workshops on all aspects of the job search process. Every 3rd Thursday at 5:30 pm a virtual workshop is offered with a special guest trainer. To view our current training schedule and other training opportunities, please visit our website calendar. Contact Joe Jones at
joejones@tampabay.rr.com.

Resume Assistance

We can connect you with qualified volunteers who will review your resume at no fee. Reviews generally include a thorough critique with recommendations for improvement and ideas to showcase your best talents and accomplishments. Contact Jodi Wilkeson at jodi@wilkesondesign.com.

Transition Masters

The Transition Master’s program develops job search presentation skills so that job seekers can confidently land the type of work they want. Each meeting of the nine session program includes topical discussion/lecture and one hour of mock interview practice with feedback. For more information visit Transitionmasters.org.

Note: Currently meetings are held via Zoom video conference.