Making a Difference Together: Volunteer Counselors Help Neighbors Land Jobs
As we look forward to our October 18 Annual Cocktail Party and Benefit, and this year’s theme, Making a Difference Together, we’d like to tell you about some of the many ways that our neighbors and the Community Center are making a difference together in the lives of local families in need. Here’s another way:
Each week at the Center, three volunteers—with backgrounds in human resources and teaching—meet one-on-one with clients, to best prepare them for the job market. They assist with resume preparation, help create business cards and flyers, offer computer help and give pointers on having a successful job interview.
Over 130 people took advantage of this help in 2013, and at least 20 people have since landed stable jobs.
"We try to help in any way we can," job counselor Sandra Pell said. "We have a conversation and figure out the best steps the person can take to find employment—including directing them to English classes or making the most of a skill or expertise they might have."
Angela Zaia, another job counselor, agreed. “We meet our clients wherever they are in their search and want them to feel comfortable and supported for the whole process of finding work.”
We’ll have ways you can support efforts like this at our October 18 benefit event, and help us make a difference. To order your tickets to our event, go here.
(In photo: Angela Zaia, pictured left, counsels a job-seeker)