Take Your Legislator to Work Day provides unique opportunities
LAFAYETTE, GA October 30, 2017 – By Brandon Evans
Monday, October 30th was Take Your Legislator to Work Day in Georgia.
One manufacturing plant in Lafayette had something special planned for a state lawmaker.
And it ended up being an eye-opening experience for one employee as well.
"I take out trash and bale cardboard," Unique Fabricating employee Tyler Blanton said.
But that's not all Blanton does there.
Monday, he shared some of his ideas with Georgia State Representative Steve Tarvin.
And Tarvin liked what he heard from the 22-year-old.
"I'm very impressed with his attitude and his forward thinking. He's the kind of employee I would be looking for," Tarvin said.
Blanton is part of a Lookout Mountain Community Services program called Kaleidoscope.
They help people with developmental disabilities find work.
"It's important for our state representatives to know that this kind of work is going on," Rebecca Clark said.
Rebecca Clark said their programs allow people to get the chance others in life may not have given them.
"They're so thrilled to be at work that it affects the morale of the company many times," Clark said.
Blanton's now been there for more than a year.
He even had some advice for those in similar situations who may feel like giving up on finding work.
"Just keep on trying," Blanton said.
Right now close to 10 percent of Unique Fabricating's employees come from the Kaleidoscope program.
Georgia State Representative Steve Tarvin was at Unique Fabricating on Monday to meet employees and learn about the Kaleidoscope program. (Image: WTVC)