Volunteer Week 2017—how did our Chapter celebrate?
The CREWBaltimore Outreach committee has identified My Sisters Place Women’s Center as our local philanthropy partner for 2017. My Sisters Place Women’s Center (MSPWC) provides three meals a day and access to services such as case management, education and job training for women in Baltimore City. They are a sponsored by Catholic Charities of Baltimore.
On April 27, 2017, twenty-one (21) members of CREWBaltimore volunteered their time, knowledge and experience to host a workshop for nine (9) ladies in the internship program at My Sisters Place Women’s Center, advising the interns how to market themselves to the workforce. The workshop started with a detailed discussion surrounding resume building, the importance of proper use of cover letters, along with what employers look for in candidates. Next, was an interactive session encompassing the topic of “Professionalism in the Workplace”.
At noon, a group of our volunteers stepped away from the workshops for a bit to help serve lunch to MySisters Place clients and got to see firsthand our travel size toiletry donations being put to use as staff handed out to those in need. The Outreach committee has called to action an ongoing collection of travel-sized toiletries at each of our events throughout the year, so please consider donating.
After lunch our ladies took the room again with a presentation about interviewing skills, proper follow-up time and methods of contact, inclusive of an impressive list of Do’s and Dont’s that we could all benefit from reviewing.
The final workshop of the day allowed our mentor volunteers to work one on one with the interns helping them tweak their resumes, perform mock interviews and create appropriate social media presence to connect with potential employers.
Many of the ladies are looking for reception or data entry positions in an office setting. If you know of any prospective openings, please contact Outreach Chair, Polly Houck at firstname.lastname@example.org or Case Worker at MSPWC, Liz Kraus at email@example.com .
To see our full gallery of photos from our Day of Service, click here.
A huge thank you to all of the members listed below who participated in the success of this event! Feedback received from the organization was filled with gratitude and appreciation for how enthusiastic the mentors were. Lisa Kraus, Case Worker at MSPWC stated, “You really inspired them and showed them that they have the power to accomplish their goals and dreams.”