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New ServiceWorks Volunteer Opportunities Available

Marisa_CPDC By: Marisa Strothenke, CPDC ServiceWorks

Working as the primary volunteer recruiter for the ServiceWorks team, I have certainly learned a lot.

I used to think actual recruitment of volunteers was the hardest part. But after working on this for the past 10 months, I have found that one of the hardest things has been simply providing interested volunteers with opportunities.

For the past few months we’ve had some gaps in our programming. We were in between sites, trying to form partnerships, and really just working to get some opportunities together. While this was happening I seemed to have more interested volunteers than ever before. We didn’t have many leads and there wasn’t much I could involve them in. I had so many people looking to share their time and talents to serve the youth in their community, but no opportunities for them…

But finally, the wait is over. We have lots of exciting volunteer opportunities coming up at the end of this month. Two programs have been developed and we are starting to get volunteers involved.

ServiceWorks at Edgewood

We have developed a program out of Edgewood Commons that really focuses on Professional Development skills. We will be hosting a series of 4 professional development workshops followed by an hour of individual mentoring.

Workshop Leaders will create and lead a professional development workshop on a skill of their choosing: Resume Building, College/Job Applications, Interview Skills, or Networking.

Personal Mentors will work with a small group of Scholars to explore the workshop on a more personalized level. Mentors will make sure group members achieve the goals of each session, whether it be creating a resume, completing applications, hosting practice interviews, or creating a professional online presence.

ServiceWorks in Shaw

We have developed a program within the Shaw neighborhood (taking place at the Shaw Neighborhood Library) that will have a more traditional layout. We will hold a series of weekly meetings where Scholars will dedicate an hour to creating a community service project, followed by an hour of personal mentoring.

Skills Trainers will work with Scholars to determine issues in their community that they would like to have an impact on. Trainers will lead scholars through the development and implementation of their volunteer service project.

Success Coaches will work with a small group of Scholars to set and achieve their personal college and career goals. Coaches will work with Scholars on a weekly basis to form a professional relationship that can hopefully continue beyond the structure of ServiceWorks.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in working with the youth in your community please consider joining us. Email us at serviceworks@cpdc and get connected today!

Marisa Strothenke, born and raised in Wauwatosa, WI, is optimistic, nature-loving, and a recent graduate of St. Norbert College with a BA in Psychology. On campus, Marisa held leadership roles in many student organizations, coordinated campus events, planned service opportunities for students, led and participated in various alternative break trips, and worked as a Project and Marketing Coordinator in her college’s Community Service and Learning office. She is excited to be serving with CPDC as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and aims to gain skills and confidence to take the next step in her professional career. Marisa hopes to work in the non-profit field and have the opportunity to continue to create positive change within her community.

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