‘Roc the Bloc Community Employment Fair’ held as part of Rochester’s Hispanic Heritage Month

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — With businesses struggling to find employees, dozens of them are offering an invitation.

Sixty of them took part in a jobs fair at Samuel Torres Park Thursday afternoon.

The "Roc the Bloc Community Employment Fair" was part of Rochester’s Hispanic Heritage Month.

The event aims to connect people with job openings at companies like Paychex, Kodiak, and the Rochester City School District at a time when they need people more than ever.

"We’ve been traveling to all four quads of the city," said Councilman Miguel Melendez. "We wanted to make sure that we had coverage into different neighborhoods. As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, we decided that we wanted to do this in the heart of the Latino community so that’s why we’re at Samuel Torres Park today [Thursday]. But the need and the demand for jobs across the city is huge especially as the unemployment benefits started to ramp down and we wanted to make sure we provided the access to those opportunities."

Thursday’s event was co-sponsored by city officials and Melendez.