Wednesday, December 9 at 2:00PM

(December 3, 2020 at 9:37am)

QUEENS, NY – The Chinese-American Planning Council, the New York City Transit Authority and Westhab will join the list of 16 featured employers and recruiters at the twelfth and final 2020 installment of the “Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair,” hosted by Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 as part of an ongoing push to connect Queens job seekers with a wide array of employment opportunities available now.  

The full list of partnering employers includes: CAMBA, Inc., The Child Center of New York, the Chinese-American Planning Council, Commonpoint Queens, Council for Airport Opportunity, Empire Vets, FDNY, Forest Hills Financial Group, the New York City Children’s Center, the New York City Transit Authority, New York Life, R.A.I.N. Total Care, Inc., U.S. Census Bureau, WATCH GUARD 24/7, WestHab and Workforce1. 

WPIX-TV (PIX11) will return as a media partner for this employment recruitment initiative, after promoting the previous recruitment fair on November 18. The station will continue to support the upcoming fair with promotional assistance over its airwaves and on its website at

“Families across Queens continue to feel the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is further magnified when we look at it through a gender justice or racial justice lens,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “The economic recovery and rebuild of our borough hinges on connecting borough residents with employers looking to hire immediately for a vast array of available positions in key sectors. The talent is already here in Queens, we are simply giving that talent opportunities.”

Held every three weeks, the December 9 Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair will be held online from 2:00PM to 3:30PM. Prospective applicants interested in participating in the live interactive Q&A via Zoom Webinar must RSVP by Tuesday, December 8 at Instructions on how to participate will be emailed within 48 hours to those who register. 

The Jobs Recruitment Fair will also be livestreamed at American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided live by Sorenson Community Interpreting Services. 

Participants and viewers will hear brief presentations from employers and recruiters seeking to fill hundreds of positions in a variety of service fields including developmental support, transportation, retail, security and more. 

The ongoing hiring push comes as Queens’ unemployment rate sits at 13.1 percent as of October, down from a high of 21.6 percent in June but up more than 10 percentage points from February’s 3 percent unemployment rate. According to the New York State Department of Labor, more than 2.11 million New York City residents have filed unemployment claims between March 8 and November 21. 

“CPC Career Center was established in 2007 to provide New York City’s jobseekers with comprehensive supporting during their employment search. The goals are to connect community members to fulfilling careers where they gain work experience, enhance their skills, and achieve economic independence,” said Chinese-American Planning Council Director of Employment Services VICKIE WONG. “The center also helps local employers recruit, hire, and retain quality candidates. Services for jobseekers include individual employment planning, resume writing and interview workshops, job referrals and placement, and post-hire support.”

“Westhab is transforming communities by developing quality affordable housing and delivering the services that people and neighborhoods need to thrive,” said Westhab Human Services Coordinator RACHEL PIMBLE. “We are: Building Communities. Changing Lives.”

“During these difficult times with the pandemic, it is more important than ever to make sure that employers can connect with candidates remotely,” said GI Go Fund CEO and Co-Founder JAMES FANOUS. “Empire Vets has been working diligently over the past year to this end, connecting veterans in New York City with thousands of opportunities posted by companies for COVID-19 relief and recovery. We are proud to be a part of this event, and are thankful to the Queens Borough President for putting it together.”

“R.A.I.N. Total Care, Inc. is a not-for-profit social service organization established in 1964.  We are proud to participate in the 12th Virtual Recruitment Fair sponsored by Queens Borough President’s Office and hire home health aides, nurses and staff in our Home Attendant Services division,” said R.A.I.N. Total Care, Inc. President and CEO ANDERSON TORRES, PhD, LCSW-R

“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Queens Borough President’s Office in presenting opportunities for work at our multi-service organization,” said CAMBA, Inc. President and CEO JOANNE M. OPLUSTIL. “CAMBA is a great place to work, serving 65,000 people in all five boroughs of New York City. We invest in our employees and provide opportunities for growth, and we know when you work here, you’re more than your job description.” 

“Commonpoint Queens created The Hub as a one-stop social service center dedicated to helping the most vulnerable community members looking to rebuild their lives and provide for their families. The Hub classrooms and technology labs offer a combination of virtual and in-person classes for jobs in high-growth industries, increasing the likelihood of participants securing employment,” said Commonpoint Queens Director of Business Development DENIA TAVAREZ. “For individuals looking for immediate job placement assistance, we recruit and place entry-level to mid-level candidates in allied health, healthcare, administrative support, social services, education and more.”   

“The Council for Airport Opportunity (CAO) is once again honored to partner with the Queens Borough President’s Office,” said Council for Airport Opportunity Executive Director ANDREW CAMPBELL. “We are seeing a growing need for more airport workers as we begin to safely and slowly recover from this devastating pandemic. Partnering with the Queens Borough President on this recruitment fair will help the Queens community gain access to much needed employment opportunities. I applaud the Queens Borough President’s Office on its efforts to support Queens residents.”   

“The excellence of the New York City Fire Department is enhanced by the ability to recruit, hire, retain, and promote highly skilled, talented and motivated members from diverse backgrounds,” said FDNY Assistant Commissioner for Recruitment and Retention NAFEESAH NOONAN. “FDNY prides itself in attracting candidates who are of diverse gender, age, culture, race, religious preference, and sexual orientation because the expression of unique ideas provides for better productivity, efficiency and service to a diverse and multi-faceted community.” 

“As an Associate of FHFG and a Financial Representative with Guardian, you’re an entrepreneur. You can define your career, be your own boss, keep flexible hours and earn a highly competitive income. You’ll join a community of professionals and a company with a solid reputation,” said Forest Hills Financial Group Director of Operations DIANE NEUSTADT. “Best of all, you’ll be building a business for yourself, but not by yourself. When you become a financial representative with FHFG, you can have more than just the career you want. You can have the life you want while doing meaningful work.” 

“Thank you to the Queens Borough President’s Office, for we are proud to serve our community and city during this critical time of need,” said New York Life Partner WILLIAM CLEARE. “We look forward to making a difference one interview at a time.” 

“The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring for Field Representative positions throughout the five boroughs,” said U.S. Census Bureau Recruiter ARUN NATARAJAN. “We are filling these positions for our Housing and Vacancy Survey and American Housing Survey, as well as our current surveys.”   

“We are delighted to partner with the Queens Borough President’s Office to promote jobs with WATCH GUARD 24/7,” said WATCH GUARD 24/7 CEO JOHN RAFFERTY. “Qualified individuals have an opportunity to have a rewarding career with excellent benefits and growth opportunities. We are an essential business providing service throughout this difficult time and beyond.” 

The prior Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fairs were hosted by the Queens Borough President’s Office on April 22, May 13, June 3, June 24, July 15, August 5, August 26, September 16, October 7, October 28 and November 18.

To view the videos of the previous fairs, visit


WHAT:          12th Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair

WHEN:          Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM

WHERE:       Live stream

Prospective applicants interested in participating via Zoom, RSVP by December 8 via

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