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Community leaders heed the call for HELP

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Posted at 6:58 AM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 08:09:13-04

When at-risk or disabled youth are in need, one Corpus Christi non-profit organization is there to help.

The Hammons Employment Leadership Program, otherwise known as HELP, has made it a mission to help young adults find gainful employment and maybe even the job of their dreams.

In support of that cause, South Texas community leaders will be showcasing their talent from 6-9 p.m. tonight, featuring two of our own.

The KRIS 6 News Sunrise team, meteorologist Maclovio Perez and morning anchor Mike Gillaspia, will be on stage during the 10th annual “HELP Hits the High Notes” fundraiser at Brewster Street Icehouse downtown.

Tickets for HELP's biggest and only fundraiser of the year start at $50, for individuals.

“Since HELP is a non-profit, it exists solely on contributions and grants to help with insurance, transportation costs, food, equipment and the other expenses involved in taking hundreds of young people to dozens of places to look for that special job,” HELP Executive Director Ridge Hammons said.

Since opening its doors in 2008, HELP has taken more than 4,500 kids to over 100 work sites and helped more than 100 handicapped kids find jobs that were crafted just for them.

“HELP does things the schools cannot, and we go places that schools do not go -- we put kids where the action is," Hammons said. "We have no lectures, no books, no classes, just the shared experience of a job done well by those who do it best, and who are willing to share their expertise."

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