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NEW DIRECTIONS CAREER CENTER
June 7, 2011

After getting laid off, I was at a networking meeting where a New Directions staff member presented info about the organization. Immediately I knew that I wanted to help. I found the staff to be friendly and committed to helping their clients. I was honored to be able to help the clients in their journey to find meaningful employment.

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I also signed up for a career exploration class. The volunteers teaching the class were experienced and interested in helping the participants on their journey. Even better was that we then worked with the Cynthia, the New directions Career Counselor to further personalize our plan.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to grant them a larger facility with ample parking--on a bus route. I would also like for them to have a larger operating budget. This additional funding would be for higher wages for their staff plus and for additional resources so that they are always providing the most current information and best practices in an ever evolving market.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I was unemployed myself and feeling quite devastated about how one could have a job one day and then be unemployed the next--even though I knew of the potential for layoffs for 18 months, it was still a shock. Since I have a Human Resources background, I decided to volunteer 1 day a week to break up the frustration of my job search and give back to the community. At the center I watched the amazing clients with extremely varied circumstances and life experiences handle their challenges with grace and a positive outlook. I was impressed with the way the staff was able to provide individual attention to every person to make them feel special and to help them recognize skills and talents that the clients didn't even realize could be marketable.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Blessed and honored.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Helped in the new computer center and one of the classes providing technical assistance to clients on using a computer to create their resume.