Melanated PEARL Corp grants $30,000 in rental assistance in Clayton County

Clayton County residents need coronavirus relief funding and rental assistance, Melanated PEARL Corp steps in to support.

Mother of PEARL Housing Initiative and Eviction Prevention Program – October-December 2021 (UPDATE)

Hampton Georgia, February 1, 2021 — Clayton County residents need coronavirus relief funding and rental assistance. In response to the pandemic, Melanated PEARL Corporation, a 501C3 nonprofit, whose mission is to educate, uplift, and empower Black women, created a targeted program to prevent residents in the south metro Atlanta community from becoming homeless. Melanated PEARL Corporation launched the Mother of P.E.A.R.L. Housing Initiative and Eviction Prevention Program in September, seeking funds to pay rent for residents who had lost income because of layoffs, reduced work hours or other financial difficulties that have resulted from the economic downturn brought on by the pandemic. The help is particularly important for Clayton, where renters make up half of the county’s households and more than 50% of households are led by working women. Present data shows,  1. The largest demographic living in poverty are females, aged  25-34, followed by ages 35 – 44, and then ages 6 – 11. 2. The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line is Black, followed by Hispanic and White. 3. Many families, mostly women and their children, are facing eviction or living in one room extended-stay hotels. Our primary goal was to secure safe and affordable housing by providing  financial support to assist displaced women and families facing eviction.

Our organization received a request for assistance in early October via phone and began offering services to its first grantee. On November 19, 2020, the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort from Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta, announced grants supporting education-focused interventions, food insecurity, housing and mental health services. Melanated PEARL Corporation was awarded $25,000 for general operating support for homeless prevention services for families led by women of color in Clayton County.

The formal Mother of P.E.A.R.L. in-take form went live in mid-November, and by December 31, 2021 we’d received 35 applications for a total of over $50,000. All applicants were required to submit an intake Google form, complete a virtual interview via Zoom or FaceTime, meet eligibility assessment, screening requirements, and agree to employment support, wellness check-ins, and financial literacy training for up to 6 months (at no cost to the participant). A recipient of monies had to be: 1) Currently employed, 2) Have received an eviction notice or proof  homelessness or residency at a hotel, and 3) Proof of residence in Clayton County. 

Melanated PEARL Corp contributes $30,000 and counting in rental assistance to prevent eviction in Clayton County, GA.

Melanated Pearl Corporation was able to secure housing and prevent eviction for 21 families in the Clayton County community. We are proud to stand in the gap as a conduit by providing resources through focused partnerships to meet the various needs of our grantees and serving as liaison between the residents we serve, their community, and the property management team as needed and with grantees permission. Consistent with data trends, 85.7 % of our applicants requested rental assistance, 87.6% of our applicants identified themselves as women,  and 90.6% of our applicants identified as Black. Applications were accepted on a first come, first serve basis and documents were submitted to a review committed in the order received. 

The in-take process was closed on December, 31, 2020 once funds were exhausted.

2021 and Beyond.

We continue to seek funds and secure contracts that help to support our efforts. We are completing the NEXT STEPS to secure two grants received in January 2021.

Funding Update

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta reviewed our recent grant request and we were awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000. It is the intention of the Community Committee that the grant be used toward general operating support for homeless prevention services for families led by women of color in Clayton County.  

The Clayton County Cares COVID Relief Fund Committee reviewed and approved our grant request and, our non-profit organization was been awarded a grant for $5,000.

About Us

Melanated Pearl Corporation is a 501c3 non profit organization located in Hampton, Ga a subsection of Clayton County established in November 2018. PEARL is an acronym meaning Passionate Engaged Activists, Resisting Limitations and we speak to our audiences passions, engage them, give them a call to action and show them how to resist the idea that they are limited in any way.  

Melanated Pearl Corporation plays a vital role in building a healthy community by providing critical services that contribute to economic stability and mobility of women. 

Our organization targets services for Black Women in the Metro Atlanta area. Our mission is to empower, educate and uplift Black Women. 

Contact Us

Employment Support with hiring links – 1.25.21

Melanated PEARL Corporation seeks to helps Mother of P.E.A.R.L. grantees and adults in Clayton County and Metro Atlanta with who want to work to gain the skills they need to get a job and keep it. Working with a Board Member volunteer, Melanated PEARL Corp will provide employment links with hiring requirements. SEE BELOW!

We are committed to providing on-going support to ensure long-term success. #employmentassistance

Week of January 25, 2021

Virtual Customer Service Representative – VitalChek

VitalChek is a LexisNexis Risk Solutions company that provides a virtual call center and is a service provider for hundreds of government agencies throughout the US. VitalChek provides a safe, easy and convenient way for people to obtain their family’s vital record documents – including birth certificates, marriage records, divorce records, and certain family death records through online vital records ordering.

Job Description:

Entry level – 2 years of customer service experience preferably with 1+ years call center environment. Home-based position that ensures the delivery of excellent customer service through fast and accurate processing of requests, communication, and coordinating with other departments to resolve inquiries. First point of customer contact for general inquiries like pricing, products, order placement, customer complaints, etc. Builds and maintains solid customer relationships by handling questions and concerns with speed and professionalism.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • Experience in Customer service, Sales, or other related fields preferred
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Experience with MS Windows
  • Ability to multitask
  • Outgoing and friendly personality
  • Experience Working from Home a plus
  • Internet Requirement:
  • ISP must be highly stable with no packet loss and latency over 100ms
  • DSL or Broadband Required -WiMax, Satellite, dial-up, and/or Hotspots are NOT allowed
  • Home Router with wired link to PC
  • Internet may not be used for non-work related purposes during working hours; including media streaming, ripping, gaming, or other web usage by other members of household that may negatively impact your network’s performance.

Merchandise Handler – 3rd Shift – True Value Company

True Value Company, one of the world’s largest hardlines wholesalers with more than 4,400 independent retailers in over 60 countries, is looking for Merchandise Handlers for our 3rd shift at our Jonesboro Distribution Center. Come join us!

  • Scheduled Days: Monday through Friday
  • Starting Time: 12:30am
  • Starting Rate: $ 15.75 to $18.00 per hour plus $1.00 shift differential
  • Benefits Include: Medical, Prescription Drug Plan, Dental, Vision, 401K Plan Paid Vacation and Holidays and Weekly PayNote: This facility offers a step progression pay and you will earn $16.75 per hour after 4 months, $17.50 after 8 months and $18.00 after 12 months 

Position Description

  • Loads and unloads merchandise from trailers.
  • Lifts cartons and other items frequently.
  • Selects and picks product for shipment to valued store members.
  • Matches goods received with purchase orders and/or invoices using leading edge voice pick technology.
  • Ensures accuracy of all goods handled through record verification matching inventory to order numbers.
  • May operate power equipment including: forklifts, pallet handlers and hand trucks.
  • May use small hand tools.
  • Prepare merchandise for shipping using shrink wrap machines or other devices. 

Position Qualifications 

  • High School diploma/GED or equivalent work experience is preferred
  • Minimum 18 -years-old
  • Must successfully complete pre-employment drug screen and background check
  • Basic math and English comprehension
  • Must pass our entry-level job skills assessment
  • Ability to perform the job in a safe manner
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Must be dependable
  • Attention to detail is essential
  • Must have the ability to learn the operation of material handling equipment in a safe manner
  • Desire to learn new functions and processes
  • Be open to change and cross-training 

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work all overtime hours
  • Must be able to stand and walk 8 or more hours per day (Average 5-10 miles per day) Bending, reaching, twisting, pulling, kneeling and lifting are continuous essential functions of the job
  • Will lift from 1-75 pounds from floor to five feet level continuously and team lift heavier items
  • Normal physical agility is a must

Warehouse Worker – Package Handler – UPS (Hapeville)

Shift: Sunrise/Preload (3:00 AM – 8:00 AM) Twilight (8:00 PM – 12:00 AM)

Find out what you’ll become as a Package Handler at UPS. In this fast-paced warehouse job, you’ll lift, lower and slide packages up to 70 lbs. You’ll typically work 3 ½ – 4 hour shifts, approximately 17 ½ – 20 hours per week in this part-time or seasonal role. As part of the UPS team, you’ll receive a competitive hourly rate and an attractive benefits package. Take the next step on your career journey as a Package Handler/Warehouse Worker at UPS.

If you’re a student at an approved college, university, trade or technical school, UPS offers an educational assistance program that could provide you with up to $25,000 for tuition, books and fees. If you qualify, you’ll be eligible for the program on your first day of work at UPS.

Warehouse Worker – Package Handler – UPS (Atlanta)

$14.50 per hour paid weekly for p/t package handlers

Shift: Day (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) Twilight (5:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

Find out what you’ll become as a Package Handler at UPS. In this fast-paced warehouse job, you’ll lift, lower and slide packages up to 70 lbs. You’ll typically work 3 ½ – 4 hour shifts, approximately 17 ½ – 20 hours per week in this part-time or seasonal role. As part of the UPS team, you’ll receive a competitive hourly rate and an attractive benefits package. Take the next step on your career journey as a Package Handler/Warehouse Worker at UPS.

Stocking & Unloading – Walmart (Riverdale) – Full and Part Time

What you’ll do

Stocking, backroom, & receiving associates work to ensure customers can find all of the items they have on their shopping list. Depending on the shift you work, your job could include moving inventory in the backroom, unloading trucks, or helping customers while stocking shelves. From hot trucks in the summer to filling ice cream in the freezer, this fast paced job can be physically demanding — it’s like being paid to go the gym!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Unload trucks
  • Sort products in the backroom
  • Stock products on shelves
  • Ensure aisles are neat and area is clean
  • Engage vendors and drivers with a positive attitude
  • Greet customers and answer their questions

Full-Time Warehouse Associate – Walmart (Atlanta)

Starting Base Pay: $15.25

  • Want to make even more money?
  • Weekday night shifts receive an added $0.35 per hour.Your pay would be $15.60!
  • Weekend day shifts receive an added $1.35 per hour. Your pay would be $16.60!
  • Weekend night shifts receive an added $1.70 per hour. Your pay would be $16.95!
  • Sortable Location: 6055 S. Fulton Pkwy. Atl, GA 30349
  • Come join our fast-paced, friendly environment!

As an eCommerce Warehouse Associate in a Sortable Walmart Fulfillment Center, you’ll find a friendly, team-oriented culture in a clean, safe, and climate-controlled environment! You could be placed in one of our three different functions: Inbound, Outbound or Unloader/Loader or could be cross-trained to work across multiple areas, as needed.

You could find yourself performing a number of different roles related to material handling; such as packing, order-filling, loading, and more; but no matter which role you find yourself in, quality assurance, orderliness, and productivity will be expected. You must also be prepared and able to lift up to 60 pounds but know that most freight will weigh less than 30 pounds.

What you’ll do

As an associate in this facility you could do any of the following activities:

  • Completes work assignments and priorities
  • Complies with company policies, procedures, and standards of ethics/integrity
  • Performs Loader duties as assigned by moving and loading freight manually
  • Performs Order-filler/Breakpack duties as assigned
  • Performs Packer duties as assigned

Warehouse Stocker – The Home Depot (Riverdale)

  • The Home Depot needs Warehouse Stockers. Health benefits, a 401k, and stock options are available! 
  • Warehouse Stocker Duties: Stock and organize the warehouse. Count and maintain warehouse inventory. Operate forklifts and other warehouse equipment. 
  • Warehouse Stockers are at least 18 years of age with strong teamwork and heavy lifting skills. Apply now!

Warehouse Associate – KeHe (Riverdale)

Job Description

Good people, working with good people, for our common good.

KeHE-a natural, organic, specialty and fresh food distributor-is all about “good” and is growing, so there’s never been a more exciting time to join our team. If you’re enthusiastic about working in an environment with a people-first culture and an organization committed to good living, good food and good service, we’d love to talk to you!

The Warehouse Associate position is a general position to apply for our warehouse. We are currently looking for experienced warehouse employees with a background in;

  • Order Selection- Each Pick, Case Pick, Pick-Module
  • Forklift Operator- High Reach, Cherry Pick
  • Sanitation
  • Electric Pallet Jack (EPJ- double and triple)
  • RF Scanning
  • Loading/Unloading
  • Receiving
  • High School Diploma or GED required.

Qualifications / Additional Skills / Aptitude:

  • A minimum of one (1) year of previous experience in a distribution center or warehouse atmosphere preferred.
  • Previous experience operating powered warehouse industrial equipment (i.e., forklift, pallet jacks, stock pickers, etc.) preferred.
  • Must have the ability to communicate well with internal customers and management.
  • Must have the ability to follow safe warehouse working practices, as instructed
  • Must have the ability to efficiently work independent of direct supervision within the warehouse.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential warehouse functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must be able to carry, lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. The associate is required to sit. The associate is frequently required to stand, walk, and climb in the warehouse. While performing the duties of this position, the associate is subject to a warehouse environment where temperatures can vary from very cool to very warm. The associate is also exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise levels in the warehouse work environment are typically low to moderate

Overnight Inventory Specialist – Advance Auto Parts (Riverdale)

Job Description

An Inventory Specialist works with and reports to the General Manager and is responsible for HUB operation while performing the following duties. Other duties may be assigned.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Pull and ship HUB orders on time.
  • If HUB order can’t be filled, call servicing store before next HUB run explaining how reorder.
  • Working with store management team, complete all parts department cycle counts including OUTS.
  • Work with store management team to complete all parts department plan-o-grams.
  • Work with store management team to stock all parts department parts.
  • Work with store management team to complete all parts department callbacks.
  • Work with store management team to complete MAXI changes in parts department.
  • Comply with all federal, state and local laws.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures.
  • Complete all required training materials, attend all scheduled store meetings.
  • At General Manager’s direction, train and develop Team Members to help assure the HUB is operated according to company policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate through General Manager the delivery of product, maintaining inventories, keeping operating records, or preparing daily record of transactions.
  • Help to ensure compliance of established security, customer service and record keeping policies and procedures.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be competent at oral and written communications and handle basic math computations.
  • Should have prior retail experience, including basic merchandising and inventory management skills.
  • Able to drive forklift, if certified and applicable, and use a hand truck and pallet jack.
  • Should be well mannered, neat in appearance and possess the ability to meet and deal with the public in an unbiased manner.
  • Previous work records should demonstrate stability and performance results.
  • Scheduling factors necessitate that the individual should be able to come to work on short notice, and/or work flexible hours including nights and weekends.
  • Immediately report to General Manager and/or District Manager any violation of company policy or procedure.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

High school diploma or GED equivalent

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
  • Almost constant standing or walking.
  • Must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Requires good manual skills (gross and fine finger dexterity).
  • Must be able to reach above shoulder level.
  • Must be capable of squatting, bending and reaching.
  • Must be capable of climbing, stooping, kneeling, and crouching on an occasional basis.
WORK ENVIRONMENT

Inside approximately 95 % of the time; depending upon the time of year, the store is air conditioned or heated accordingly. No particular hazards are involved except exposure to battery acid (eye protection and aprons should be used when handling batteries, although not mandatory). An Inventory Specialist must also adhere to safety precautions when operating a forklift or hand pallet jack.

Retail Part Time Sales Associate – GNC (Morrow)

Full Job Description

GNC is looking for dynamic sales associates that not only “Live Well” as a lifestyle, but have the desire to share that passion with others. If that describes you, then join the high energy store’s team at GNC. This outstanding opportunity is designed to help you reach your full earning potential. In addition to your base pay, you have the ability to earn additional cash through the program that we offer:

Sales Incentive Program. Money that is paid to you, above and beyond your base salary as an additional incentive on certain products.

The possibilities are endless!

If you are career minded, this opportunity provides you with the perfect springboard to full-time or managerial positions.

What do we want?

  • A Sales Associate who enjoys interacting with customers and is committed to helping them choose the right products, as well as making recommendations based on your overall product knowledge and understanding of their needs
  • The ability for you to generate sales, not only for the benefit to the company and your store, but for you and your financial well-being.
  • The drive to achieve and exceed personal sales and productivity goals
  • Promote career growth by working with store management in the opening, closing and operating of a retail store. This includes cash handling, inventory count and deposits according to GNC procedures, as well as maintaining the appearance of the store
  • Display an awareness of all store communications including: product information, advertising, promotions and other marketing initiatives
  • Boost product knowledge by learning the features, advantages and benefits. Staying on top of nutritional, wellness trends

Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred
  • Passion to Live Well!
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong communication and team building skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (i.e. Holidays, weekends)
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
Benefits:
  • Employee discount

I AM Miss Universe

South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi (Miss Universe 2019) is a Melanated beauty with natural hair.

Zozibini Tunzi

Someone said you look like Miss Universe! #melanatedpearl Well guess WHAT!!??? In 2019 they ain’t never lied!!! THAT PART!!! #pearlgirl @missuniverse @missymisdemeanorelliott @monesavemyhair #blackisbeautiful #melanatedpeople #melanatedpearlgirls #blackgirlpearls #iammissuniverse2019

Crystal Perry, Founder Melanated Pearl Corp

I am all in my #Melanated feelings about @zozitunzi being crowned @missuniverse BUT this cannot be the end. One victory doesn’t equal a solution! We say ‘representation matters,’ but we rarely ask: to whom? What kind of representation matters? Representation in front of which audiences matters? How does it matter? These are the critical questions left out when the catch-phrase is used without intention, questions that illuminate a necessary and more nuanced look at how we as Black people define ourselves in relation to the world viewing us. #melanatedpearlgirls

South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe 2019

All representation is not created equally. I am excited for the future #blackWomen are everything!

Melanated Pearl

I’m almost done! Maybe @zozitunzi Thank You for your willingness to serve. #melanatedpearl You And your response align with our mission #melanatedpearl South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi (Miss Universe 2019)

South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi (Miss Universe 2019)

Answer: “I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time, not because we don’t want to but because of what society has labeled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings [in] the world, and that we should be given every opportunity. And that is what we should be teaching these young girls: to take up space. Nothing is as important as taking up space in society and cementing yourself.” #pearlgirl @missuniverse #misssouthafrica

Miss Universe 2019 Is Young, Gifted And An Outspoken Believer In ‘Black Girl Magic’

@melanated_pearl our MISSION is to educate, uplift, and empower! Trying to make people who have always been represented understand why good representation is so important is extremely difficult. For those who don’t understand, representation seems like a trivial thing. But for those of us who do understand, we know how important representation truly is. We know what it is like growing up, and only seeing people who look like us in stereotypical roles, aimed to be the butt of a joke. Too many of us #pearlgirls grow up hating how we look since the models, who we are taught to look to as the epitome of beauty, never looked like us. @zozitunzi Too many of us #blackgirlmagic know what it’s like to grow up feeling like an outsider in your own country, since apparently your stories don’t matter enough to be told. #blackwomenmatter Miss Universe 2019 Is Young, Gifted And An Outspoken Believer In ‘Black Girl Magic’ @missuniverse #blackgirlpearls

Melanated Pearls and soulful friendships!

Often times, we, black women, fall in the traps of a society that tries to bring us down. On social media, television and real life, friendships between black women are portrayed as relationships built on competition, jealousy, cat-fights and pettiness.

Promote Sisterhood Daily

I am my sister’s keeper!

That does not have to be the case. Now, more than ever, we need each others backs and it starts with a soulful friendship that promotes sisterhood even in the toughest times.

Melanated Pearl Corporation promotes soulful friendship!

We know what is like to be labeled angry or loud. Black Women know what it is like to be viewed as less than in our culture and community. As black women, we are faced with multiple challenges in our health, career and family, so shouldn’t we at least lean on one another for solace and encouragement?

PEARL Girl 101 explores the power of black female relationships.

There is something about black female friendships!

Why are black female friendships important to Black Women?

Black female friendships offers a sense of validation that the society refuses to give black women.

A true friendship is so deep and meaningful because we understand, accept and pour so much into each other – something we cannot find elsewhere. Melanated Pearls heal each other by just being together!