A local nonprofit is holding a job fair today, and tomorrow there will be a clinic there offering vaccines against COVID-19.

The job fair, held in partnership with NCWorks, the state agency that tries to connect the unemployed with employers who have jobs available, will begin at 11 a.m. at Caldwell County Yokefellow in the Cross Roads Shopping Center, on the north side of Harper Avenue at Morganton Boulevard. Representatives from JBS, Merchants Distributors Inc., Tyson Foods, RPM Wood Finishes Group, Waffle House, and All Ways Caring Homecare will be present, said Executive Director Sharon Harmon of Yokefellow, a nonprofit that offers a food bank and other services.

Harmon said that many prospective employers have raised their wages to try to attract candidates because it has been hard to find qualified workers.

“And I encourage those who are not working to take advantage of these employment opportunities right now. For those who are employed with lower hourly rates, I encourage them to take advantage and look and see what is available at a much higher hourly rate and benefits,” she said.

Harmon said that while some companies are struggling to find workers, she also acknowledged that finding adequate child care is a barrier for some parents.

“That is a huge barrier to young households, childcare and transportation, which can be a part of the overall county discussion of some issues to be discussed for returning us to full employment,” Harmon said.

The job fair is the first to be held at Yokefellow, Harmon said. It will end at 1 p.m.

On Friday, West Caldwell Health Council’s bus will be in Yokefellow’s parking lot 9-11 a.m. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine as well as the two-dose Moderna vaccine will be available, Harmon said.

“Yokefellow feels strongly about pushing vaccination numbers up,” and as Yokefellow’s parking lot is very accessible, the clinic may be an opportunity to vaccinate children who are now out of school, Harmon said.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.