Check out what your fellow Durhamite, John Ealy, is up to over at TROSA. He would love your help. If you are interested in this volunteering opportunity, please e-mail me at email@example.com.
I currently lead a 6 week long resume workshop at TROSA, Inc., a long-term therapeutic community devoted to helping recovering substance abusers make positive choices, and I am looking to build a team of volunteers to lead the resume workshop. The workshop is an optional supplement that runs concurrent to a job skills class that is mandatory for TROSA program participants and taught by permanent TROSA employees. The TROSA employees teach the job skills class on Wednesday nights, and on Thursday nights, I reinforce the Wednesday night class sessions by helping the resume workshop participants prepare their resumes and identify potential jobs. At the end of each six week workshop, the leaders of the job skills class and I team up to conduct mock interviews with those in the job skills class. After a two week break, a new job skills class begins, and I work with those from the new job skills class who choose to attend the resume workshop.
Upon entering the resume workshop, many participants are daunted by the prospect of preparing resumes and finding jobs since the participants may have setbacks such as employment gaps, criminal records, low education levels or rudimentary writing and computer skills. Through the workshop, people overcome their fears and gain a new sense of confidence in themselves and their ability to success in the working world as they recount their work experience and skills and receive assistance in developing professionally written resumes. Not only do the workshop participants gain confidence and enthusiasm in entering the working world, but they also actually gain employment through the instruction and training provided by the job skills class and resume workshop.
This is a challenging yet highly rewarding volunteering opportunity. Your work will contribute to positively reshaping many life courses. I believe that the ideal volunteer is someone who is truly willing to give a long-term commitment to this volunteering opportunity, be attentive and compassionate to the workshop participants, enthusiastically build relationships with the workshop participants, and demand an excellent effort from the workshop participants. If you are interested in this volunteering opportunity, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.