The Mills-Peninsula Senior Focus Volunteer Services Newsletter (Volume 20, Issue 3) features an article about JobTrain’s volunteer opportunities! You may read the article below:
By Deborah Owdom
On a recent site visit to JobTrain in Menlo Park, I had the opportunity to tour the facility and get a close look at the services that they provide. I left there after a 90 minute visit inspired by what they do for the community and the population that they serve.
JobTrain served 8,000 people in 2013, concentrating efforts on populations with the biggest problems: returning parolees, long-term unemployed, homeless, those on public assistance, high school dropouts, marginalized youth and people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction
Their successes are remarkable. Eighty-seven percent of those who enrolled in full-time vocational training completed programs and 76% of graduates were placed in careers at an average starting wage of nearly $15 per hour. One year later, 88% were still employed and many had been promoted. Vocational training is only one piece of the JobTrain experience. The holistic approach to long term success provides hundreds of other opportunities for clients to become self-sufficient and responsible.
People choose to volunteer with JobTrain be-cause their time truly makes an impact on their students, the staff and the mission of the organization. Whether it is assisting with a fund raising event, helping staff in the office, or serving as an aide in a classroom, each volunteer becomes a valuable part of the JobTrain Team.
Volunteer Opportunities include:
Teacher’s Aide, Academic or English as a Second Language Tutoring, Administrative Office support, and Job Development. They also value volunteers who are able to help with special projects such as fundraising events – Annual Golf Tournament and the Breakfast of Champions.
To volunteer at JobTrain, contact Siosiua “C2” Vea, Administrative Services Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 330-6567.