Folsom, CA

Folsom city asks retirees, students, and stay-at-home parents to work for struggling businesses: “Bridge the gap”

Amy Christie

The city in northern California has launched a new initiative to keep local businesses afloat during the hard times.

It is calling on retirees, students, and stay-at-home parents to work 20 hours a week while the labor shortages last.

What are the details?

The vice mayor in Folsom has teamed up with the local chamber of commerce and they came up with a campaign that encourages the groups to put in 20 hours every week for the following 6 months, according to Insider.

This should give a respite to local businesses struggling with staffing difficulties, such as most restaurants and stores.

"Our hope is to bridge this gap. It's really a short-term solution where people who have time and are committed to the community want to help. We are not talking about people that are working for free, we are talking about people who have time on their hands that they might be able to allocate that to some of our businesses,” Joe Gagliardi, CEO of The Folsom Chamber of Commerce, said for CBS Sacramento.

"It's crazy, you talk to any restaurant, it's like, yeah, one out of ten will maybe show up to their interview, nine out of ten will just not show up," Jeff Back, who owns the Back Bistro restaurant in Folsom, shared with the outlet.

Back is convinced that the new idea will have a beneficial impact and that most residents will want to put in the work and have their community thriving again.

"It's only been a week or two, and we have already had several people come up and say, 'I can help, I can help, what do you need?'," he stated about the effects of the campaign.

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