ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Disaster relief for hurricane Sandy continues around the country,but it is offering unemployment relief locally too. An Orono call center will be offering temporary employment to hundreds of people to handle the large volume of FEMA calls.
Jeff Buckman the Chief Operating Officer with Nexxlinx said, "Anyone looking for employment we are looking for them...We have been contracted to provide support for the hurricane. Part of what we are doing with FEMA is looking to hire 400 people that will come in, take a background check and get them on the phones immediately."
Earlier this week the company announced the available opportunities and there has been a steady stream of applicants.
Robert Coyle applied, hoping this could put an end to his unemployment, "I've got a lot of applications out there and a lot of it is through the internet. You wait for them to contact you and keep contacting them back. There's so many different processes."
Buckman said, "Not only will it offer these people a time to come in and not only be able to provide help to these people in need; it will also give them a little extra money for Christmas or the holidays."
To qualify applicants need to be a U.S. citizen over the age of 18, and must pass a background check. The full-time positions will be based on a short-term contract that could last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
"You got to get out and look. No one is going to come knock on the door and say do you want a job...you have to get out and get it," said Coyle.
Shortly after filling out the applications, Coyle was offered a position. He will be part of the first group that starts on Monday.
"We are starting to fill some of the positions, but we have a lot more open and a lot more ready to go," said Buckman.
To apply for one of the available positions visit the Nexxlinx website or apply in person at 3 Godfrey Drive in Orono.