MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. - The Mercer County Workforce Investment Board is proud to announce its 3rd annual Early Mercer Reads initiative on April 14, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Our primary goals for this initiative are to have children throughout Mercer County read on a daily basis and instill in them a lifelong love of books, which can increase individual achievement, and improve their overall quality of life.

At the heart of this initiative is the time volunteered by companies and individuals to read and engage children at a center. Having people from the community go to the centers shows the children how special they are and emphasizes the importance of reading. In addition to this event, the Workforce Investment Board is also facilitating a Book Drive. All of the books will be distributed to the participating centers to add to their library.

Please read and complete the attached form to pledge an hour of your time to this worthy endeavor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the WIB at (609) 989-6827 or via email at mduarte@mercercounty.org.

Mercer County's Workforce Investment Board (WIB) plays a major role in shaping tomorrow's workforce. Over fifty of the County's most prominent leaders have been appointed by the County Executive to offer their professional insight and to assist in creating a strong workforce for Mercer County. 51% of the WIB members represent the private sector, while the remainder includes labor, community organizations, educational institutions, engineering and law firms, hospitals and government agencies. Mercer County's WIB has numerous responsibilities - however, the most important is accessing the labor market and helping job seekers and employers meet their needs. To accomplish this, the WIB will provide coordination, guidance and oversight for all workforce readiness programs in Mercer County and efficiently make use of state and federal resources.