Despite the number of homeless who have found their way to our community, a lot of jobs are available right now for those willing to work.

Costco Wholesale's call center has been hiring for several weeks and is holding another job fair this Wednesday (Aug. 30) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Yakima Convention Center, 10 N. Eighth St.

Costco is looking for agents at their member service center, where the starting wage is $13 an hour.

For those of you unfamiliar with such a setting, we are talking about a professional environment that is comfortable and air conditioned and all it takes to succeed is a positive attitude and good communication skills.

This is a great entry-level position for someone looking for something other than food service or retail without a lot of experience.

For those who need late hours or a second job, there are several positions at the new Popeye's opening on Nob Hill.

In fact, if you're a retiree with a good driving record, just about every school district in the area is desperate for bus drivers.

There are jobs everywhere in the Yakima area.

The Yakima School District is in need of qualified folks for a variety of positions.

In the Lower Valley, there are more jobs.