Posted on December 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM
SEATTLE -- Company holiday parties are a highlight this time of year. Employees work hard and are rewarded with a few hours of fun. On Thursday night, a different type of party took place.
More than 50 people were at West Seattle’s Yen Wor for a party for the unemployed.
“I’ve been looking for jobs almost every day,” said Leah Ingram, who’s looking for administrative work.
The 24-year-old is still a licensed cosmetologist but wants something more secure. According to Ingram, being unemployed during the holidays especially hurts.
“It’s just disheartening to kind of go through that at this time,” she said.
Guy Olson, the organizer of the event, knows what many at the party are going through.
“It’s just a stressful thing,” he said.
While currently employed, Olson struggled looking for work at one time and has many friends that still are. According to Olson, the mock office party is intended to make sure they don’t feel left out while other friends have work parties to go to.
“I felt they could feel wanted, maybe get inspired a little bit , just make them feel good about themselves,” said Olson.
The idea started on Facebook and Twitter and took off from there. Ingram says it’s inspiring to be around people in similar difficult situations.
“When you’re fighting through something, It really does make you stronger,” said Ingram.
Local companies heard about Thursday night’s party and showed up. Some brought prizes to give out, others offered employment advice to job seekers.