Volunteer

One Family welcomes volunteers from among our supporters.  There are several ways that you can help to support our work to prevent family homelessness through by volunteering with our One Family Scholars and Credential to Career Coaching programs.  Among them: 


•    Reviewing resumes of One Family Scholars who are about to begin a job search
•    Conducting
mock interviews with One Family Scholars and C2C participants
•    Hosting a
Lunch and Learn at your place of employment

Scroll down to learn more about our volunteer opportunities!

Resume Reviews

Why This Is Important:

As One Family Scholars approach graduation and begin hunting for jobs to support their families, a professional resume is key. Many of the parents we serve could use help tailoring their resumes for specific career paths. You can be of enormous help as they put together resumes that will make them stand out to employers.

How It Works: 

If you have experience reviewing resumes, you can make a real difference. One Family will send you one or more resumes to review and make suggestions for improvement. You can expect that the resume has already been edited by a One Family coach, but also that your insight will help position a Scholar for success, as we try to match volunteers with Scholars studying in their field. Feedback can be provided to our Scholars and their coaches via email. It typically takes about an hour to review a resume and provide helpful feedback.

 

Mock Interviews

Why This Is Important:

The parents we work with in both the One Family Scholars program and C2C typically have very limited experience interviewing, which makes securing a job more challenging. Practice makes perfect and a mock interview is the best way for the parents we serve to become comfortable answering questions about themselves and their backgrounds.

How It Works: 

Mock interviews can be conducted in person, by phone, or by Skype, since all three interview types are common in today’s job market. Each interview session takes about an hour: the first half for the interview and the second to provide feedback. One Family will provide you with a set of general questions, but we are also happy to have you include your own industry-specific questions. We try, whenever possible, to match interviewers with people interested in entering their field. We hope you will give both “warm” (what they did well) and “cool” (what they can improve upon) feedback.

Lunch and Learns

Why This Is Important:

The best way to learn about a career field is from people already in it. For homeless and at-risk parents, the employment landscape can feel difficult to decipher and good information hard to come by. By hosting a Lunch and Learn at your workplace, you will help those we serve to understand the variety of roles in your organization and what working in your field is like.

How It Works: 

During the Lunch and Learn, Scholars and C2C participants hear from a panel of professionals who fill different roles within an organization. The host provides the panel of speakers and typically offers a casual lunch. In addition to describing job duties and daily tasks, panelists might discuss career opportunities within your organization, work hours and workload, travel requirements, earning potential, and career progression. Sessions typically last about two hours and are held in the middle of a weekday for 10-15 Scholars and/or C2C participants. Attendees will likely be at various points in their education or training, some finishing soon and some with a few years still to go. Program alumni may also be present. Those attending always come prepared with questions.

 
 

Become a Volunteer

To express interest in volunteering, please reach out to Zoey Bergstrom at zbergstrom@onefamilyinc.org

Volunteer opportunities occur throughout the academic year. By expressing interest in volunteering, you are indicating that you are willing to be contacted by a One Family staff member during this academic year to work with a specific Scholar or C2C participant. Once contacted by One Family, you have the choice to follow through based on my schedule.

We are grateful for your interest and support!

 
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South Boston, MA 02127

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