STEUBENVILLE - The leadership of the Ohio Valley Black Caucus is touting a new relationship with the Steubenville Wal-Mart store management team.
"The Wal-Mart corporate office contacted me regarding a meeting with the Steubenville store manager and the Youngstown regional representative. We had a very productive meeting. And I am very pleased that the Ohio Valley Black Caucus and Wal-Mart came together and agreed to work together for the good of the community," said Delores Wiggins, president of the organization.
"We agreed to work together on future jobs at the store, policies and community involvement as well as store volunteerism. We also discussed the store manager's open-door policy to the community. We will work together going forward. And we will have a better understanding of each other," Wiggins noted.
COMMUNITY?OUTREACH — Four members of the nine-member Ohio Valley Black Caucus board of directors met Friday with Steubenville Wal-Mart store Manager Justin Nicholson to discuss a working relationship. Standing near the store entrance were, Nicholson, Delores Wiggins, WaCella Smith, Jane Hyman and Evelyn Woods. Dave Gossett
"I am also a member of the board of directors for the Jefferson County Community Action Council. Wal-Mart has agreed to post job openings at the employment center at the CAC for people looking for a job," added Wiggins.
"Sitting down at the table together enabled us to gain a good understanding of each other's missions and how we can work together in the future. Community involvement is very important, and Wal-Mart wants to be a good corporate citizen in our community," said Wiggins.
A Wal-Mart spokesperson said the 10-year-old store has made a committed effort to reach out to different community groups.
The spokesman said Wal-Mart is dedicated to helping the community and wants to learn more about the Ohio Valley Black Caucus.
He said they wanted to develop a strong relationship with the Caucus.