Get Involved with Your Community

There are many different reasons for wanting to be more active in your community: to help others, to overcome a loss, to learn something new, or to meet new people. Opportunities to volunteer your time keep growing exponentially in this economy.

Reasons to Get Involved

Why should your family lend a helping hand?

It feels good.

The satisfaction and pride that come from helping others are important reasons to volunteer. When you commit your time and effort to an organization or a cause you feel strongly about, the feeling of fulfillment can be endless.

It strengthens your community.

Organizations and agencies that use volunteers are providing important services at low or no cost to those who need them. When a community is doing well as a whole, its individuals are better off, too.

It can strengthen your family.

Volunteerism is a great way for families to have fun and feel closer. But many people say they don’t have the time to volunteer after fulfilling work and family commitments. If that’s the case, try rethinking some of your free time as a family. You could select just one or two projects a year and make them a family tradition (for example, making and donating gift baskets to care facilities for the elderly around the holidays).

Volunteer Application. Click on the link to the left to volunteer with The Empowerment Center.

Workforce Development

Since December of 2013 The Empowerment Center has been implementing a workforce development component which includes access to a workforce specialist Monday through Friday who assists with job search, resume building, applications and more. Employment Skill and Financial Recovery classes are taught on a weekly basis by staff and volunteers.

The Employment Class covers topics from Job Search Skill and Resume Building to Master Job Applications and Job Retention skills. In our 12-Steps to Financial Recovery Class clients will learn how to look at Wants vs. Needs, learn how to create a budget, discuss bankruptcy questions and how to make financial amends.

Year to date the Workforce Development Team has assisted 80% of clients become self-supporting. Many partnerships have been created in the community to help employers find hard working employees, and our clients to gain lasting employment and re-enter society as a contributing member of our wonderful community.

The Workforce development team is run by AmeriCorps VISTAS (Volunteers in Service to America) and was revised in December 2013.