About

SEEC's bilingual staff and volunteers match day laborers with employers who are in need of temporary labor. Potential workers who have the skills and background required are referred to employers who then negotiate the working conditions and wages. Workers are expected to complete the tasks requested to the best of their ability and employers are expected to be fair and reasonable. The work to be performed can vary from construction work to yard work, domestic services to handy-man related jobs. If there is a need for a job to be done, we can find a worker!

During this past fiscal year, the day laborers went out on a total of 2,000 jobs from the Pavilion and the SEEC office. Some of the jobs lasted a few hours, but many lasted several days, while a number of them became permanent hires. During this past fiscal year, the day laborers went out on a total of 2,000 jobs from the Pavilion and the SEEC office. Some of the jobs lasted a few hours, but many lasted several days, while a number of them became permanent hires.

SEEC raised $19,925 from local churches, foundations and individuals to provide a training program for immigrant women who were interested in utilizing GREEN products when cleaning homes in Northern Virginia. To date a total of 120 women completed the training and over 70 of them have found employment.

SEEC received over $6,000 to provide rental assistance to over 50 day laborers from the Arlington Community Foundation and St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Another grant helped one staff person and a group of volunteers prepare hot ethnic meals which were served to day laborers who were going hungry during the winter.

SEEC has recruited several faith groups in Arlington, including Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Calloway United Methodist Church, The Church of the Covenant, PCUSA and Rock Spring Congressional Church of Christ. Each week, more than 120 bag lunches are provided to the day laborers of a combined value of $350 per week for a combined value of over $16,000 per year.

In addition, SEEC staff has received donations to purchase over 150 pairs of gloves and caps to give to the day laborers who stand outdoors for several hours each day during the fall and winter in the cold weather.

How the Center operates

SEEC has two locations from where workers can be picked up.
The main office has a sign-up sheet that workers fill-in upon arrival. If a potential employer has simple tasks to be accomplished where no specific skillset is required, workers are allocated by the order of appearance on the sign-up sheet. If workers with specific skills are needed, such as carpentry, masonry, or framing SEEC can help match the appropriate worker to the employer upon request.
The pavillion sits at the corner of Shirlington Road and 27th Street. At this site a lottery system is in use, to pair potential employers with workers, if the tasks to be performed require no specific skills. If an employer needs a worker with a background in the work to be performed, SEEC can help match the appropriate worker to the employer upon request.
Note:

  • SEEC cannot and does not guarantee any work performed by workers, even if SEEC helped match a worker to an employer.
  • All information provided by employers and workers to the SEEC staff is strictly confidential.

SEEC office

SEEC pavilion