The Daily Item, Sunbury Broadcasting Corp. and Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to create a #WoodMode Working Families Fund to help hundreds of employees out of work since last week's abrupt closure of the Kreamer manufacturing plant.
Financial donations may be made at BB&T Bank locations or by texting woodmode to 41444. All donations will be distributed to local agencies providing support to individuals.
Companies throughout the Valley and the Northeast have been reaching out to the 938 displaced employees letting them know of available jobs.
Several former Wood-Mode employees found new jobs in less than a week of the 77-year-old plant's closure but for hundreds of others still looking there will be more than 60 businesses at a job fair scheduled for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the VFW in Selinsgrove.
"This Valley has just been so supportive, with everything from gift cards to resume workshops," said Brian Wilson, a former Wood-Mode employee who is now left seeking new work after 26 years with the cabinet manufacturer.
Snyder County Commissioner Joe Kantz said the job fair had been scheduled prior to Wood-Mode closing and attracted many more businesses in the aftermath.
"There isn't enough space for all the companies," he said.
MasterBrand Cabinets of Jasper, Ind., was unable to get a spot at the VFW so is planning to have representatives today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hampton Inn in Shamokin Dam.