Volunteers are needed to serve as employment counselors, among other positions. Don't worry -- the agency will train you.

Volunteers are needed to serve as employment counselors, among other positions. Don't worry -- the agency will train you. (August 16, 2014)

Parents may be relieved their kids are heading back to school, but the start of classes creates a problem for nonprofit organizations that rely on volunteer power -- particularly young volunteer power.

"We have seen a huge increase in clients over the summer, but many of our student volunteers are going back to school," said Sandi Vidal, executive director of Christian HELP in Casselberry, a nonprofit employment and resource center.

The charity is hosting a volunteer open house on Monday [Aug. 18] from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with tours on the hour and a short overview of the organization and various ways to get involved.

"Our biggest need is in the food pantry," Vidal said. "People can work as little as one shift a week."

Shifts run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or noon to 4 p.m.

Or you can choose from the list below to help with fundraising, leadership or in the employment center:

  • Leadership Teams -- Serve on the capital campaign committee, think tank, church advisory or the fundraising leadership team to plan events, help to publicize the organization or develop sponsorships.
  • Board Membership (application process required) -- Serve on the board as a champion for the Christian HELP organization, helping to set board policy and governance policies and creating a vision for sustainability.
  • Jobs Initiative Facilitators -- Help teach job skills following an online curriculum. There are six full-day lessons plans on creating a job search plan, resumes and cover letters, networking, job search tactics, interviewing and how to shine once you're hired. Training is provided, and facilitators are need for full- or half-day shifts.
  • Jobs Initiative Mock Interviewers- Participate in interviewing students and providing feedback on their performance.
  • Jobs Initiative Mentors- Mentor students who have been newly hired for a position and act as the liaison between the student and the employer when challenges arise.
  • Computer Lab – Volunteer in the agency's computer lab by helping clients search the internet for job leads. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Employment Counselor- This position requires a volunteer commitment of at least one day each week. You'll work directly with clients to assess their job needs and resume needs, provide job leads and coaching. Must be willing to pray with clients.
  • Job Fair/ Employment Seminar Volunteers- Volunteer at the job fair and/or employment seminars.

If you want to learn more, attend the open house Monday at 450 Seminola Blvd. in Casselberry (32707). Or contact Doug at (407) 834-4022 or       volunteer@christianhelp.org.