Posted: September 14, 2011
By Jenni B. Baker
Volunteers demonstrate a variety of skills when lending their time to an organization, including the ability to communicate, make decisions, lead and consider how actions impact communities both locally and globally.
Listing volunteer experience on your résumé can make the case to an employer that you have the skills needed to complete the job if you don’t have an extensive work history or are switching career fields. With a lot of well-qualified people competing for the same job, talking up your volunteer efforts can also help you stand out in a crowd of people who may have similar education and work histories.
A History of VolunteersFor more than a century, volunteers have advanced Goodwill’s ability to improve lives, families and communities. We recognize that in order to fulfill our mission, we need the help and support of those in local communities. Each of our 165 local Goodwills is led by a board of volunteer leaders who help shape their organization’s work to meet the needs of their community. Our valued volunteers contribute their time, knowledge and support in a variety of ways.
Ready to Volunteer?Your time and talents are always needed! Locate a volunteer opportunity using our search tool ».
Youth MentoringGoodwills across the United States offer youth mentoring opportunities, through our GoodGuides® program. One hour a week is all it takes to make a difference.
Career MentoringBecome a Virtual Career Mentor for GoodProspects®! GoodProspects® is unique online community of job seekers that matches career coaches and mentors to specific regions and industries. The goal of GoodProspects® is to better guide individuals as they seek to enter, change, or increase their knowledge in select occupations.